Josie Nugent, teaching the All Inclusive Workshop introduction to Irish Music
Josie Nugent, PhD, a native of Co. Clare, multiple All-Ireland fiddle champion, active Irish traditional fiddle player works as a music therapist for Foyle Down Syndrome Trust, Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland. She also works in a freelance capacity in the fields of autism, dementia and neurologic music therapy and has guest lectured at Marino College of Education, Dublin and on the MA music therapy training course,University of Limerick. She devoted 4 years of her music therapy career to private practice in the area of autism in the homeplace and her findings are documented in a book she co-edited titled ‘Music Therapy and Autism Across the Lifespan’ 2019, JKP, London. She is enthusiastic and committed towards opening avenues for young people and teenagers to self-express though musical participation in the community and is project leader for a number of cross-community music projects. These include the annual ‘All-Access Trad’ Project for IMBOLC, Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Derry/Londonderry and Foundation Level Classes at Scoil Éigse, CCE Dublin. Workshop overview: The workshop will give all participants a chance to participate in all-inclusive music and song activities. Josie will lead the workshop in a positive person-centred way to ensure that all participants have a chance to self-express and realise that their voice is important and acknowledged, thereby building their self-esteem and confidence. She will create opportunities for group song-writing and engagement in Irish traditional music too.