US music students link up with DkIT
Students from two American universities are visiting Dundalk this week to join up with the music department at DkIT.
The college has forged links with Molloy College in Manhattan, who brought their rugby team over last year, and Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas.
Adele Commins, Head of Music, said they were looking forward to welcoming the two groups of students, who arrived in Ireland last Thursday.
'The students will have a chance to sit in on lectures, particularly Irish traditional music, and they will be taking part in a concert with our own students on Thursday night.'
She explained that the links with Molloy University were first established through the institute's school of nursing.
'When the group was over last year, I got talking to one of their colleagues from the music department and we discussed the possibility of bringing some of their music students over as well.'
As a result of that, Molloy students will get the chance to attend lectures in DkIT as well as recording some tracks in the Institute's recording studios with students from the music production class.
The visit by Baker University came about as their Director of Bands Ray James, spent time at DkIT when he took a sabbatical in 2011.
While here, he fell in love with the Irish culture, music and people and wanted his students to experience it as well.
As Baker University offers a study abroad programme to students every three years, he decided to bring a group of music students to Ireland this year.
'I love Ireland. I enjoy the people there, but I'm excited to basically show our students Ireland and give them a little taste of what is there,' James told the university paper. 'I want them to enjoy the culture and the music. It's a delightful music, and it's a totally different style than what we do here in America. It's nice to take students and open their eyes to what is happening in other places.'
Adele said that the students from Molloy and Baker will be taking part in a concert along with DkIT's traditional music ensemble in the MacAnna Theatre on Thursday night at 7pm. The concert is open to the public and admission is free although anyone wishing to go should contact 042 9370200 to reserve a place.
Students from both colleges will also be invited to a ceili so that they can sample another facet of Irish culture.
And later this spring, a group from DkIT will travel to Molloy College to take part in workshops and performances.