Dr Alison Hood

Music, Deans' Office, Dean of Teaching and Learning

Dean of Teaching and Learning
Senior Lecturer

Rowan House
1.15
(01) 708 6457

Biography

Alison is a first-class honours and PhD graduate of Trinity College Dublin. During her time at Trinity she was awarded the Taylor Entrance Exhibition (1992), the Home Hewson Scholarship (1996), the Trinity College Postgraduate Award (1999), and the Government of Ireland Scholarship (1999). She was elected Scholar of Trinity in 1994. She lectured part-time in Trinity from 1997 to 2003 and was appointed visiting lecturer at the University of Oregon for the autumn term of 2001. She began lecturing in Maynooth University in 2003 and was appointed Acting Head of Department in 2012–2013. Her research interests lie in the area of analysis and performance, particularly in piano music from the nineteenth century. Recent publications include: ‘Structural Coupling in the Coda of Chopin’s Barcarolle’, in Artur Szklener (ed.), Chopin 1810–2010: Ideas—Interpretations—Influence, (Warsaw, forthcoming); ‘Shared Compositional Strategies in Chopin’s Nocturnes Opus 48’, in Irish Musical Studies 11 (2014); and ‘Ambiguity of Tonal Meaning in Chopin’s Prelude Opus 28, No. 22’, Music Theory Online (2012). Her monograph Interpreting Chopin: Analysis and Performance was published by Ashgate in April 2014. In addition, she has developed her interest in pedagogical research and has built up research expertise in large group pedagogies, student engagement and the assessment process and has presented and published the results of this research. Her current research is interdisciplinary in nature, focusing on performance and performative analysis and the opportunities that can emerge when Music as a discipline interacts with other parts of the Academy. She currently co-convenes the research cluster ‘Performance, Practice & Interactivity’ with Dr Antonio Cascelli. Alison was appointed Dean of Teaching and Learning at Maynooth University in February 2016.

Alison is a pianist and cellist engaged in both classical and popular performing and recording. As a cellist, Alison has performed with many well-known recording artists in solo and group studio recordings, and in television and concert hall appearances. She is a founder member of the Elgin String Quartet and still has an active interest in chamber music. As a soloist in the piano concertos of Grieg and Beethoven, Alison has performed with both Youth and Professional orchestras. She has also performed solo piano to audiences throughout Europe and in America. She was appointed external piano examiner for the Royal Irish Academy of Music for their annual assessments in 2003. Her debut album of John Field's music was released by RCA Victor, New York, in 1999. She has recently finished recording her second solo piano album, which is due to be released next year. Alison is the director of the John Field Institute, which she founded in 2006. In 2007 she was awarded ‘Female Musician of the Year’ from Liveireland.com and ‘Female Musician of the Year’ from Top TIR Awards (Chicago Irish American News). Alison's presentations and publications reflect her interests in musical analysis and performance.

Research Interests

Music analysis and performance, nineteenth-century piano music, Chopin, education (particularly student engagement and assessment).

Books

  Year Publication
2014 Interpreting Chopin: Analysis and performance.
Hood A. (2014) Interpreting Chopin: Analysis and performance. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2016 'Structural Coupling in the Coda of Chopin's Barcarolle'
Hood, Alison (2016) 'Structural Coupling in the Coda of Chopin's Barcarolle' In: Chopin 1810–2010: Ideas—Interpretations—Influence. Warsaw: Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina. [Details]
2010 'Intraopus Connections in Chopin's Nocturnes Opus 27'
Hood, Alison (2010) 'Intraopus Connections in Chopin's Nocturnes Opus 27' In: The Sources of Chopin's Creative Style: Inspirations and Contexts. Warsaw: [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2007 'Tonal and Rhythmic Hidden Repetition in Chopin’s Prelude Opus 28 No.14'
Hood, Alison (2007) 'Tonal and Rhythmic Hidden Repetition in Chopin’s Prelude Opus 28 No.14' In: Chopin in Paris: The 1830’s. Warsaw: [IR Link] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2016 '‘Chopin Online’'
Hood, A. (2016) '‘Chopin Online’'. Nineteenth-Century Music Review, :1-16 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2013 'Shared Compositional Strategies in Chopin's Nocturnes Opus 48'
Hood, Alison (2013) 'Shared Compositional Strategies in Chopin's Nocturnes Opus 48'. Irish Musical Studies, 11 [Details]
2012 'Whose responsibility is it? Encouraging student engagement in the learning process'
Hood, A (2012) 'Whose responsibility is it? Encouraging student engagement in the learning process'. Music Education Research, 14 :457-478 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2012 'Ambiguity of Tonal Meaning in Chopin's Prelude Opus 28, No. 22MUSIC THEORY ONLINE'
Hood, Alison (2012) 'Ambiguity of Tonal Meaning in Chopin's Prelude Opus 28, No. 22MUSIC THEORY ONLINE'. Music Theory Online, 18.3 [IR Link] [Details]
2010 'Objectifs et réalisations compositionnels dans la Barcarolle de Chopin : une forte cohérence structurale et un défi pour I'interpretationANALYSE MUSICALE'
Hood, Alison (2010) 'Objectifs et réalisations compositionnels dans la Barcarolle de Chopin : une forte cohérence structurale et un défi pour I'interpretationANALYSE MUSICALE'. Analyse Musicale, 62 (34) :34-41 [IR Link] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2011 'Engaging Students in the Assessment Process in Large Groups'
Hood, Alison (2011) 'Engaging Students in the Assessment Process in Large Groups' Large Group Teaching: The Local Context, NA . [IR Link] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2015 The European Salon: Nineteenth-Century Salonmusik.
Alison Hood (2015) The European Salon: Nineteenth-Century Salonmusik. [Oral Presentation], Dvořák the Pianist: A Re-Evaluation of Dvořák’s Solo Piano Works’, Maynooth University [Details]
2015 Society for Musicology in Ireland.
Alison Hood and Ronan Reilly (2015) Society for Musicology in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Musical Architecture: Analysis of Movement and Structure in Musical Composition and Performance, University College Cork [Details]
2013 Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland.
(2013) Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], ‘Whose responsibility is it? Encouraging Student Engagement in the Learning Process’, National University of Ireland Maynooth [Details]
2013 Panel Presentation with Gwen Moore, John O’Flynn & Miranda Cournane, 3rd Annual Conference of the Society for Music Education in Ireland: ‘The Music Education Gathering Legacies, Conversations, Aspirations’.
Alison Hood (2013) Panel Presentation with Gwen Moore, John O’Flynn & Miranda Cournane, 3rd Annual Conference of the Society for Music Education in Ireland: ‘The Music Education Gathering Legacies, Conversations, Aspirations’. [Oral Presentation], The Content and Pedagogy of Music in Higher Education Institutions in Ireland, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra [Details]
2012 West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis.
(2012) West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis. [Oral Presentation], Ambiguity of Tonal Meaning in Chopin’s Prelude Opus 28, No. 22’, University of Oregon [Details]
2010 3rd International Chopin Congress.
(2010) 3rd International Chopin Congress. [Oral Presentation], Structural Coupling in the Coda of Chopin’s Barcarolle, Warsaw [Details]
2010 Research Seminar Series.
(2010) Research Seminar Series. [Oral Presentation], Structural Coupling in the Coda of Chopin’s Barcarolle’, NUI Maynooth [Details]
2009 3rd Annual Conference NAIRTL.
(2009) 3rd Annual Conference NAIRTL. [Oral Presentation], Whose Responsibility is it? Encouraging Student Engagement in the Learning Process, Trinity College Dublin [Details]
2009 Joint Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland and the Royal Musical Association.
(2009) Joint Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland and the Royal Musical Association. [Oral Presentation], Structural Coupling in the Coda of Chopin’s Barcarolle, Royal Irish Academy of Music [Details]
2008 Society for Musicology in Ireland, Annual Conference.
(2008) Society for Musicology in Ireland, Annual Conference. [Oral Presentation], Shared Compositional Strategies in Chopin’s Nocturnes Opus 48, WIT [Details]
2008 Performing Romantic Music: Theory and Practice.
(2008) Performing Romantic Music: Theory and Practice. [Oral Presentation], Shared Compositional Strategies in Chopin’s Nocturnes Opus 48, Durham University [Details]
2008 15th Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-century Music.
(2008) 15th Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-century Music. [Oral Presentation], Structural Coupling in the Coda of Chopin’s Barcarolle, UCD [Details]
2007 PERFORMA.
(2007) PERFORMA. [Oral Presentation], Shared Compositional Strategies in Chopin’s Nocturnes Opus 48, Aveiro, Portugal [Details]
2007 Analysis Seminar series.
(2007) Analysis Seminar series. [Oral Presentation], Shared Compositional Strategies in Chopin’s Nocturnes Opus 48, UCD [Details]
2006 Chopin in Paris:The 1830’s 6th International F. Chopin Conference.
(2006) Chopin in Paris:The 1830’s 6th International F. Chopin Conference. [Oral Presentation], Hidden Repetition in Chopin’s Prelude Opus 28 No. 14, Dziekanka, Warsaw, Poland [Details]
2005 5th International F. Chopin Conference.
(2005) 5th International F. Chopin Conference. [Oral Presentation], Intraopus Connections in Chopin’s Nocturnes Opus 27, Ostrogski Castle, Warsaw, Poland [Details]
2005 School of Music and Sonic Arts.
(2005) School of Music and Sonic Arts. [Oral Presentation], The Strategic Integration of Pitch and Rhythm in Chopin's Preludes Opus 28, Queen’s University Belfast [Details]
2004 Musicology Seminar.
(2004) Musicology Seminar. [Oral Presentation], Two Sides of the Coin: Chopin’s Nocturnes Opus 27, NUI Maynooth [Details]
2003 Saggart Arts and Heritage Centre.
(2003) Saggart Arts and Heritage Centre. [Oral Presentation], An Evening with the Cello: An Introduction to the Instrument and its Music, Saggart, Co. Dublin [Details]
2001 Theme.
(2001) Theme. [Oral Presentation], Two Sides of the Coin: Chopin’s Nocturnes Opus 27, University of Oregon [Details]
1999
(1999) [Oral Presentation], Two Sides of the Coin: Chopin’s Nocturnes Opus 27, Trinity College Dublin [Details]
1999 The Royal Musical Association.
(1999) The Royal Musical Association. [Oral Presentation], Two Sides of the Coin: Chopin’s Nocturnes Opus 27, Waterford Regional Technical College [Details]
1998 Postgraduate Day.
(1998) Postgraduate Day. [Oral Presentation], Towards a Methodology for Interpreting and Performing a Score: Chopin's Nocturne Opus 27 No. 2, Trinity College Dublin [Details]

Thesis

  Year Publication
2003 Chopin's Strategic Integration of Rhythm and Pitch: a Schenkerian Perspective.
Hood, A. (2003) Chopin's Strategic Integration of Rhythm and Pitch: a Schenkerian Perspective. Trinity College Dublin: Thesis [Details]

Conference Hosted

  Year Publication
2013 US Tour.
Dr Alison Hood (2013) US Tour. Conference Hosted [Details]
2007 The Second International John Field Festival.
(2007) The Second International John Field Festival. Conference Hosted [Details]
2006 John Field: Reception and Performance.
(2006) John Field: Reception and Performance. Conference Hosted [Details]

Recording

  Year Publication
2004 Dreams 3: The Most Beautiful Music in your Dreams.
Hood, Alison (2004) Dreams 3: The Most Beautiful Music in your Dreams. Recording [Details]
2003 Coulter and Company.
Hood, Alison (2003) Coulter and Company. Recording [Details]
2002 Miracle 4.
Hood, Alison (2002) Miracle 4. Recording [Details]
2002 Miracle Gold.
Hood, Alison (2002) Miracle Gold. Recording [Details]
2001 Miracle Piano 2.
Hood, Alison (2001) Miracle Piano 2. Recording [Details]
1999 Recording of Grieg’s Piano Concerto 1st movement for Lyric FM.
Hood, Alison (1999) Recording of Grieg’s Piano Concerto 1st movement for Lyric FM. Recording [Details]
1999 Celtic Visions.
Hood, Alison (1999) Celtic Visions. New York: Recording [Details]
1999 Romantic Themes and Celtic Dreams.
Hood, Alison (1999) Romantic Themes and Celtic Dreams. New York: Recording [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2007 Female Musician of the Year (Liveireland.com)
2007 Female Musician of the Year (Top TIR Awards, Chicago)
1999 Government of Ireland Scholarship
1999 Trinity College Postgraduate Award
1996 Home Hewson Scholarship
1994 Elected Scholar of Trinity College Dublin
1992 Taylor Entrance Exhibition

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2009 National University of Ireland Maynooth Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education
2006 National University of Ireland Maynooth NUI Certificate in Counselling Skills
2003 Trinity College Dublin PhD
1996 Trinity College Dublin Bachelor of Arts in Music with First Class Honours
1994 Guildhall School of Music & Drama Licentiate — Pianoforte Performance