Lecturer of Piano and Piano Lab
Dr Ruth Stanley lectures in piano and piano lab at CIT Cork School of Music. She obtained a first class honours BMus at CIT CSM (2000) and was subsequently awarded scholarships in support of her postgraduate studies in musicology. She received her MA from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick (2003), where she worked as Graduate Teaching Assistant in keyboard and musicianship skills. She was awarded a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast (2011) and was recipient of a DEL Postgraduate Research Studentship, Larmor-University Studentship and Harrison Bursary. Her doctoral dissertation, ‘A formative force: the BBC’s role in the development of music and its audiences in Northern Ireland, 1924-39’, was completed under the supervision of Professor Jan Smaczny.
Ruth’s musicological research is concerned with musical culture in twentieth-century Ireland and Northern Ireland. She has presented many conference papers and guest lectures and recently received funding from the Irish Research Council’s New Foundations Scheme to present at the North American British Music Studies Association, Syracuse University, New York (2016). A member of the Society for Musicology in Ireland since 2002, she currently serves as Honorary Membership Secretary on the SMI Council. She was conference organiser of the SMI Postgraduate Students’ Conference hosted at CIT CSM in 2014 and is currently planning the SMI’s Annual Plenary Conference for June 2018.
Aside from teaching and research, Ruth is engaged in piano accompanying and examining. As a pianist, she was first prizewinner at Feis Ceoil (Trimble Cup, 2002) and Feis Maitiu (Pigott Cup, 2004). She holds a Licentiate Diploma in Piano Performance with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (2004). She has worked as Music Practical Examiner for the Junior Certificate and is Grade Examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music since 2013.
Publications and broadcasts include:
Radio Documentary: ‘Words and Music… from the First Golden Age of BBC Radio’, interview broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster (26 Sep 2016).
‘Forging a Northern Irish Identity: Music Broadcasting on BBC Northern Ireland, 1924-1939’ in Mark Fitzgerald & John O’Flynn (eds), Music and Identity in Ireland (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2014).
Ten entries in Barra Boydell & Harry White (eds), Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland (Dublin: UCD Press, 2013).