James Murphy, Musicianship
James is an experienced choral singer and has been a tenor in many choirs including Trinity College Chapel Choir, Trinity Singers and Bmused?, a choir comprising of music education students who has had successes in a number of national choral competitions. This choral experience has afforded him the opportunity to sing both nationally and internationally.
James was appointed Head of Music at Sandford Park School in 2016. The Music Department at Sandford Park School is proud of its outstanding reputation for curriculum music, choral arts, instrumental tuition and performance opportunities for students. James enjoys teaching all levels in the school and loves to explore a variety of musical genres with the various ensembles he directs in the school. His work with the school’s choirs has brought them on tours to Boston and Toronto.
In 2013 James gave a presentation entitled A Hands on Musical Approach: A Perfect Pitch for Junior Certificate Music at the PPMTA (Post Primary Music Teachers’ Association) annual conference. In 2016 James was invited to pilot a social outreach programme in St Philip’s Parish in the Diocese of Western Kowloon, Hong Kong in association with the Trinity College Dublin Far Eastern Mission (DUFEM). This project focused on teaching English through music to students, many of whom were recent immigrants from China to the New Territories area of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. This programme proved to be hugely successful and as a result, James returned to teach it again in 2017. James has also been invited to give tutorials on the Music Education and Professional Master of Education (Music) courses in Trinity College Dublin.
James likes to incorporate these experiences into his holistic approach to teaching music which centres upon and brings together certain aspects of Zoltán Kodály and Keith Swanwick’s philosophies of music education.
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