Lecturer, Music Education Researcher
Gemma O’Herlihy was born in Cork and studied piano with her mother as well as Geraldine Neeson and Jan Cap. After graduating from the Cork School of Music she studied with Leonid Brumberg in piano performance and David Lutz in accompaniment, at the Konservatorium Wien University, Vienna, Austria. She gave recitals in Europe, USA and Australasia. She continued her studies with a post graduate certificate in secondary music education at Leeds University, UK and an MA in performance and musicology at Maynooth University, Ireland.
She has taught piano at the Vienna International School, the Yorkshire College of Music, Leeds UK, and DIT Conservatory of Music, Dublin.
She taught music at Greater Grace Christian Academy, Baltimore, USA and in secondary schools in Leeds, Bradford and Dublin. She was an examiner for the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Currently she is a Lecturer of piano and piano lab at CIT Cork School of Music and a music education researcher at University College London Institute of Education UK.
Gemma O’Herlihy is undertaking a longitudinal study for introductory piano learning with an aural learning premise that aims to establish well-rounded musicianship through ensemble playing in the young pianist’s study. The intensive small-scale action research study does not aim to be representative, but rather, will have productive resonances and provide new ways of understanding 6-10-year-old participants. Although group learning is something that pianists do not generally avail of, the piano lab provides an ideal resource to investigate and capitalise on the benefits of a new approach.