Music technology – Student Profile Patrick McGlynn

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Patrick McGlynn tells us about doing a doctorate in Music Technology at Maynooth University. Patrick works as a musician and lecturer.

Name: Patrick McGlynn

Course: PhD in Music Technology

Institution: NUI Maynooth

Emerging technologies prompt experimentation

I have been studying here at NUI Maynooth for several years. My subject area is Music Technology. I have just begun work on a PhD research project investigating creative new approaches to interactive music and experimental performance. There is a lot of exciting work taking place around the world exploring new ways to create and experience music, with emerging technologies constantly prompting further experimentation and innovation. It is a very exciting topic, and I am greatly looking forward to the challenges ahead.

The importance of passion

Postgraduate study requires a sense of self-motivation and a willingness to learn far beyond the material that is presented to you in lectures and seminars. I am very fortunate to have both a passion for my subject area and the guidance of the staff here. People are often warned not to underestimate the amount of work that postgraduate study demands. However they often forget that in the right circumstances, that work will be intensely stimulating and in an area that you find fascinating.

My experience of studying and working here has always been a positive one. There is a vibrant sense of community on-campus and exceptional staff/student relations. The excellent facilities, productive atmosphere and beautiful campus have never left me wondering why I chose to study here in the first place. Of course balancing work and study is always a concern. I have found that the need to accommodate both has helped me to structure my own time and thoughts more efficiently.


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