Ballymahon musician’s journey from NCC to PhD

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Ballymahon native Emer Nestor was this year awarded a PhD in music and philosophy from NUIM.

Ballymahon native Emer Nestor was this year awarded a PhD in music and philosophy from NUIM.

Daughter of Paddy Joe and Bernie, Emer’s love of music started at a young age. A member of the National Children’s Choir (NCC), school choir and church choir, Emer also taught herself piano by ear before taking up formal lessons.

Emer persued a BA in Music, History and English, followed by a Musicology Masters in music history, while she continued working on her piano skills. Accepted into the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Emer earned her Associate and Licentiate teaching diplomas, before being offered a position as a tutor and piano teacher in NUIM. “To be employed in this role at such a young age was an honour,” she explains, adding that after 2 years, she became senior tutor and coordinator of undergraduate tutorials in practical musicianship, theory and dissertation writing skills. Emer has also worked in various administrative roles in the college as a postgraduate, and has presented papers at various conferences.

Now with a PhD under her belt, Emer is keen to continue with her work, adding: “My aim over the coming year is to expand my current publishing portfolio and gain experience in the lecturing arena.”