I was hired to arrange a backlog of pre-recorded library music for commercial use. This in-house role predominantly focused on publishing music, sound design and advertising music. Utilizing my creative flare, discipline and knowledge for commercial purposes was both interesting and thoroughly enjoyable. Working in a professional studio environment provided me with a unique industry insight that has shaped my future career ambitions.
I am currently working as a private piano tutor. My duties include organising events and lessons as well as caring for my charges. There is a prominent focus on the arts and cultural appreciation. Being pragmatic, excellent at planning and the ability to multitask with ease is an important part of my role.
Following my previous position, I was promoted to, Publishing Music Composer. On a daily basis I developed a methodical writing structure which ensured all music was completed on time to commercial standard. This is a discipline I have perfected and have carried into all aspects of my career. My skills as a classically trained pianist and composer also assisted with my capability level in writing in a variety of styles. Retrospectively, I was inspired by the challenging, fast-paced nature of this role and the creative responsibility that coincided.
As one of two students in my composition year group, I studied composition under Sir Peter Maxwell Davis and Dr. Kevin O’Connell. I learned the musical architecture required to write in traditional classical style. Dating from the pre-Baroque era, through to the Contemporary era. Other subjects I studied here included Piano performance, Feldenkrais method, Harmony and Counterpoint, Music Theory, Electroacoustic composition and Music History. Additionally, I am the first female to study composition as a degree in Ireland.
I transferred to the University of Aberdeen. During this time, I became avidly interest in free composition, improvisation, jazz and psychoacoustic music. I studied composition under Pete Stollery, whom enlightened me on the possibilities of incorporating the physics of sound into composition. I studied piano under Joseph Long, whom assisted me in jazz theory and performance. My dissertation was about the pianism of Thelonious Monk’s music. To analyse the piece, I transcribed his music to score and demonstrated my discoveries through paradigmatic analysis. I graduated in June 2016, with a Bachelor of Music, (Hons). In retrospect, my academic studies have been diverse and have equipped me with the discipline required to take into any role.