Marita Kerin

Marita Kerin

Assistant Professor, Education


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I am a former primary and post-primary teacher with experience of teaching in Ireland, West Africa, and North America. I have contributed extensively to the development of policy, practice, and assessment of music at postprimary level. I am particularly interested in the theory and practice of initial teacher education, specifically within the field of music education. I currently lead the Bachelor in Music Education and the Master in Education(Music) programmes. I am interested in inter-institutional partnerships and interdisciplinary learning.

My research spans three domains, (i) Performance Pedagogy (ii) Coteaching and (iii) Interdisciplinary Learning. Across my career, I have focused on promoting a culture of inclusive music education with specific emphasis on music performance in the classroom, the teaching of music at primary level, and the pedagogy of music performance. My empirical research involves documenting aspects of my three research interests. I am adept at navigating the space between instrumental/ vocal expertise and communication, student-teacher and partner teacher professional development, and interdisciplinary learning.

At Trinity, I have led studies such as Coteaching music at primary and post-primary and Performance Pedagogy for example. My research involves theorizing the practices which develop between individuals during the professional partnership. Much of my data comes from the "Coteaching music in the primary school" corpus, which I spearheaded in 2013. My doctoral research focused on collaborative practice in professional placement settings in initial teacher education. I specifically addressed coteaching as a methodology for developing both reflective practice and pedagogical content knowledge and as a means of reducing the theory/practice gap. This has facilitated a significant description of aspects of professional development via organizational buy-in to a school-university professional partnership via coteaching. My performance pedagogy research explores the artist-audience relationship in a range of domains.

I currently hold the position of Assistant Professor in Music Education at Trinity College Dublin where I teach on the Bachelor in Music Education, Master in Education (Music), and Doctor in Education courses.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Putting the A into STEAM in, editor(s)Murchan, Damian & Johnson, Keith , Media/ting educational reform: Junior Cycle reform in the media in, editor(s)Keith Johnston Damian Murchan , Curriculum Change within Policy and Practice: Reforming Second-Level Education in Ireland, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, [Susan McCormick], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, [Susan McCormick & Marita Kerin]Book Chapter, 2020

Equal Temperament in, editor(s)Ailbhe Kenny and Catharina Renate Christophersen , Musical Alterations, New York, Routledge, 2018, [Marita Kerin & Colette Murphy]Book Chapter, 2018

marita kerin, A school - university partnership and the scholarship of reciprocity, 8th Annual Conference of Society of Music Edication Ireland, Society of Music Education IrelandRoyal Irish Academy of Music2nd and 3rd Nov 2018, 2018Published Abstract, 2018

Marita Kerin, Challenging the theoretical framework to explain the 'dramatic impact' of coteaching on the school: Is it all about CHAT, International Society for Cultural Historical Activity Research Oxford UKJune 2018, edited by ISCAR Ian Thompson , 2018Oral Presentation, 2018

Marita Kerin, Developing coteaching using video analysis as mediational means of supporting reflection, Music in Schools and Teacher Education CommissionPragueJuly 2018, edited by MISTEC , 2018Published Abstract, 2018

Elina Lampert Shepel, Colette Murphy Marita Kerin, Learning to Reflect: Teachers mastery of the mediational means and the psychological tools of reflection, American Educational Research Association, American Educational Research AssociationNew YorkApril 2018, edited by AERA , 2018Conference Paper, 2018

Marita Kerin and Colette Murphy, Exploring the impact of coteaching on pre-service music teachers, Asia-Pacific Journal of Education, Vol 43, (Issue 4), 2015, p309 - 323Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Marita Kerin & Michael Grenfell, Break a Leg! Raising the Curtain on Performance Pedagogy, The Internation Journal of Arts Education, The Arts in Society ConferenceBudapestJune 2013, edited by Common Ground Publishers , Volume 6, Common Ground Publisher, 2015Conference Paper, 2015

Ann Devitt, Marita Kerin, and Helen O'Sullivan, Threshold Concepts and Practices in Teacher Education: Professional, Educator and Student Perspectives, Fourth Bienniel Conference on Threshold Concepts: From personal practice to communities of practiceTrinity College, Dublin28-29 June 2012, edited by Catherine O'Mahony, Avril Buchanan, Mary O'Rourke and Bettie Higgs , NAIRTL, Ireland, 2014, pp129 - 132Conference Paper, 2014 TARA - Full Text

Marita Kerin, Exploring the impact of coteaching on pre-service music teachers, BERALondonSeptember 2014, 2014Conference Paper, 2014

Ann Devitt and Marita Kerin, Crossing the Threshold in Initial Teacher Education: Identity and Competencies , The European conference on educational researchIstanbul10-13 September 2013, 2013Conference Paper, 2013

Ann Devitt, Elizabeth Oldham and Marita Kerin, Beginning a career of learning about learning: a case study of student teachers in an initial teacher education programme in Ireland, Teachers' Life-cycle from Initial Teacher education to Experienced Professional: 2011 ATEE Annual ConferenceRiga26-30 August 2011, edited by Irēna Zogla and Lūcija Rutka , Association for Teacher Education in Europe, 2012, pp283 - 296Conference Paper, 2012 TARA - Full Text URL

Ann Devitt, Marita Kerin, Helen O'Sullivan and Elizabeth Oldham, Thresholds Concepts and Practices for Teacher Education: a different lens or just a new pair of drapes, ESAI 2012 (37th Annual Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference)University College Cork29-31 March 2012, 2012Conference Paper, 2012

Ann Devitt, Marita Kerin, Helen O'Sullivan, Threshold Concepts and Practices in Teacher Education: professional, educator and student perspectives, 4th Biennial Threshold Concepts ConferenceTrinity College, Dublin28-29 June 2012, 2012Conference Paper, 2012 TARA - Full Text

Ann Devitt, Sean Devitt, Marita Kerin and Elizabeth Oldham, Back to school: how becoming a reflective learner impacts on practice, European Conference on Educational Research 2011Berlin, Germany13-16 September 2011, 2011Conference Paper, 2011

Marita Kerin May Costello, Bravo! Workbook, 1, Dublin, Folens, 2009, 1 - 174ppBook, 2009

Marita Kerin May Costello, Bravo!, 1, Dublin, Folens, 2009, 1 - 366ppBook, 2009

Marita Kerin, A class act!, Research in Music EducationExeter U.K.2011Conference Paper,

Dominique Laflamme, Colette Murphy & Marita Kerin, Vygotsky's zone of proximal development: circulation of experiential knowledge in coteaching, Trinity Papers - School of EducationJournal Article,

Marita Kerin & Michael Grenfell, Building competence in performance pedagogy, The Internation Journal of Arts Education, Arts in SocietyRomeJune 2014, edited by Common Ground , Common GroundConference Paper,

Marita Kerin, What counts as music education?, Voicings ConferenceSt Patrick's College Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland2011, edited by Dr Patricia Flynn , 2012Conference Paper,

Marita Kerin, Coteaching Music in the Primary School: Teacher Perspectives, TCD, 2019Thesis, 2019

Shane Bergin, Aiveen O'Callaghan Claudia Fracchiolla, Sorcha Browne Marita Kerin, Quavers to Quadratics - An informal transdisciplinary physics & music program, Physics Education Research ConferenceWashington DC2018, 2018Conference Paper, 2018

marita kerin, 'The heart of teaching', hibernia College, 2018, -Broadcast, 2018

Marita Kerin, The tightrope walker presents a rose: Artist and audience as partners in performance, 2018Working Paper, 2018

Marita Kerin & Michael Grenfell, Reaching out and reaching in: Musical Performance Pedagogy in Practice, 2018Working Paper, 2018

Marita Kerin & Shane Bergin, 'From Quavers to Quadratics', Teaching Council of Ireland Webinar on Cross-Curricular Teaching & Learning, Teaching Council of Ireland, 2017, -Broadcast, 2017

Marita Kerin, Carmel OSullivan, Michael Grenfell, 'Artist Biography', Ralph McTell in Conversation, Youtube, Youtube, 2012, -Broadcast, 2012

Marita Kerin, Coteaching as a mechanism for school -university partnership, Loreto School Principals' Annual ConferenceAthlone IrelandSeptember 2016Invited Talk,

Marita Kerin & Colette Murphy, 'What's in it for me?' Coteaching as reciprocal professional development, Research in Music EducationExeter UKApril 2015Published Abstract,

Marita Kerin & Colette Murphy, Are we getting there? Identifying the developmental stages in reciprocal learning during coteaching, ECERDublinSeptember 2016, edited by ECERPublished Abstract,

Marita Kerin & Colette Murphy, A neo-Vygotskian framework for supporting developmental stages in reciprocal learning during coteaching, Society for Music Education Ireland SMEIUniversity of Limerick IrelandNovember 2016Published Abstract,

Marita Kerin, If all the world's a stage, shouldn't we consider performance pedagogy?, Research in Music EducationExeter UKApril 2015Published Abstract,

Research Expertise

    • Title
      • Coteaching Music in the Primary School
    • Summary
      • Coteaching music in the primary school The aim of this research is to examine from the perspective of the primary teacher the impact of a school-university coteaching partnership on music education provision in the school. The study seeks to better understand the practices, opportunities and challenges associated with coteaching music and to contribute to forming a robust research base upon which further development might take place.
    • Funding Agency
      • Faculty of the Arts Humanities and Social Sciences TCD
    • Date From
      • 2013
    • Date To
      • 2019


    • Title
      • Quavers to Quadratics
    • Summary
      • Quavers to Quadratics is an inter-institutional interdisciplinary project which via an extended coteaching partnership between undergraduate music education students from Trinity College partnered with science education students from UCD and primary teachers from schools all over Dublin, an informal education programme linking music and science is presented to primary school children. Research explores the reciprocal learning that occurs between the stakeholders.
    • Funding Agency
      • Science Foundation Ireland
    • Date From
      • 2014
    • Date To
      • 2020


    • Title
      • Ceolaíocht
    • Summary
      • Extending Quavers to Quadratics to a number of rural Gaeltacht schools a pilot was undertaken to explore the affordances and challenges of this informal learning initiative based on a coteaching partnership between university students from TCD and UCD and local primary teachers.
    • Funding Agency
      • Creative Ireland
    • Date From
      • 2019


Artistic Biography; Coteaching Music; Creative music education; Innovation in learning; Interdisciplinary Learning; Primary Music Teaching; School -University Partnership; Specialist & Generalist Primary Teaching Debate

Publications and Further Research Outputs

    The Provost's Award: Nomination2010

Member of the American Education Research Association ( AERA )

Nominated member of the Teaching Council of Ireland2016 – 2018

Member of the Education Studies Association of Ireland2013 – 2020

Member of the Society for Music Education Ireland2013 – 2020

External Examiner on the Bachelor in Education programme St. Mary's QUB Belfast2019

Member of Board of Management in Primary School2014

Advisor on professional partnership via coteaching to NCH Quavers to Quadratics outreach programme2014

Advisor on School -University partnership Loreto Schools

Advisor on music education and professional partnership Music Ceolaíocht2018

Member NCCA Sub-committee on new Junior Cert and Leaving Cert Music Syllabii1990-1995

Local Advisory Team ( LAT) member TRACTION Opera co-creation for social transformationJune 2020