Academic Qualifications

Nóra Kavanagh M.A., M.A. B.A. Mus (Hons), ALCM, TTCT.

Nóra studied classical piano and achieved honours at Grade 8 standard in both the RIAM and ABRSM examinations. Twice winner of the prestigious senior solo piano competition at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil. In 1994 completed an ALCM on the Irish Traditional Flute. In 1990 Nóra studied for a Bachelor of Music Degree for four years at Waterford Institute of Technology and graduated with first class honours. This was a milestone for the college as Nóra was the first student to be awarded first class honours for this particular degree. As part of this course Nóra studied Music History, Irish Traditional Music, Ethnomusicology, Composition, Acoustics, Psychology, History, Singing, Orchestration, Conducting, Arts Administration and Performance (Classical Piano, Clarinet & Concert Flute). Following on from the success of this degree Nóra then completed a Masters in music performance (Irish Traditional Flute) and research at WIT in 2001. In 2014 she also completed a second Masters. The focus of this was Teaching and Learning in Further and Higher Education. Nóra is also a Lecturer in the Department of Creative & Performing Arts at Waterford Institute of Technology specialising in Irish Traditional Music History, Music Performance Solo and Ensemble, Critical Thinking and Writing Skills, Research Methodology and Aural Skills.

Musical director with the group Craobh Nua who have performed in many venues including St. David’s Cathedral Wales, Christchurch Waterford City & as guests of the Mayor of Rochester, USA. In 2009, this dynamic group produced an inspiring CD titled ‘In Full Sail’. Nóra was also musical director with the music group 'Casóg' who released their first CD titled 'New Light' in 2014.To date over one hundred students have completed their Dip LCM under Nóra's tuition. Nóra was appointed musical director with the senior Irish Traditional Music Ensemble with Music Generation Waterford in 2018. They are planning a trip to Stiges in October 2019.