Profile of Gwawr Ifan

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Name
Gwawr Ifan
Position
Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Lecturer in Music
Email
g.ifan@bangor.ac.uk
Phone
388206
Location
Music annexe

Background

Gwawr came to Bangor to study music as an undergraduate student in 2004. After graduating with a BMus in 2007, she was awarded a 5-year scholarship from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to study for an MA which focussed on music with convicts with a mental illness, and then for a PhD focussing on music in relation to health and well-being  in Wales. She was appointed to a Music lectureship with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol at the Bangor University School of Music in October 2012.

Responsibilities

  • Disability Liaison
  • Health & Safety Co-ordinator
  • Secretary of School of Music Research & Welsh Medium Teaching Committee

 

Teaching

Core modules, Level 4:
WXC 1004/1008 Harmoni a Gwrthbwynt (Welsh-medium Harmony & Counterpoint) (co-ordinator)
WXC 1001/1002 Astudio Cerddoriaeth (Study of Music) (Member of teaching team)

Level 5 a 6:
WXC 2187/3187 Cerddoriaeth mewn iechyd a lles (Music in Health & Well-being) (co-ordinator)
WXC 2223/3223 Cerddoriaeth yn y gymuned (Music in the Community) (co-ordinator)
WXC 2221/3221 Gweinyddu’r Celfyddydau (Arts Administration) (co-ordinator)
WXC 2226/3226 Cymdeithaseg Cerddoriaeth yng Nghymru (Sociology of Music in Wales) (co-ordinator at the School of Music)

Post-graduate:
Arts Administration (co-ordinator)

Research

Research interests

Music in health and well-being, in particular the influence of community music on health and social well-being in Wales; music as social capital; the history and development of music therapy in Wales

Publications

Articles:

‘The Tonic in the Sol-Fa: Music and Wellbeing in Wales’, Matthew Shipton & Evangelos Himonides (Eds): Proceedings: SEMPRE Conference – Striking a Chord: Music Health and Wellbeing (London, 2011), pp.72-73

‘Un Llef Pedwar Llais: Dylanwad canu corawl ar iechyd a lles yng Nghymru’, Gwerddon 10/11 (August 2012), pp.15-39

Papers:

‘It touches my Welsh soul’: Music, identity and social well-being in Wales’ (‘Sociology of the Arts: Artistic Practices’, The 7th Conference of the Research Network Sociology of the Arts, Vienna, September 2012)
‘‘Bridging the Gap’: Amateur Music in Healthcare Settings in Wales’ (‘Arts & Health: A Global View’, Society for the Arts in Healthcare, Detroit, May 2012)
‘Un Llef Pedwar Llais’: Cymdeithaseg Cerddoriaeth yng Nghymru’ (‘One Cry in Four Voices’ [Conference for Music undergraduates under the auspices of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol] February 2012)
‘Cerddoriaeth mewn Iechyd a Lles yng Nghymru’ [‘Mapio Cerddoriaeth Cymru’], (‘Music in Health & Well-being in Wales’ [‘Mapping the music of Wales’,] CAWMS Conference, Aberystwyth, February 2012)
‘The Tonic in the Sol-Fa’ (‘Music Health and Wellbeing’, SEMPRE Conference, Cambridge, September 2011)
‘Music in Social Health and Wellbeing in Wales’ (14th International Conference in Celtic Studies, Maynooth, August 2011)
‘Twilight Harmonies: Music in Healthcare Settings in Wales’ (‘The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing’, Melbourne, November 2010) 
‘Y Gân i Wella’r Galon: cerddoriaeth mewn iechyd a lles yng Nghymru’ [‘Damcaniaethu Cymru: Rhyw, Diwylliant a Gwleidyddiaeth’, Cynhadledd Canolfan Ymchwil i Lên ac Iaith Saesneg Cymru] (‘The Song to Heal the Heart: music in health and well-being in Wales’ [‘Hypothesising Wales: Sex, Culture and Politics’, Conference of the Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales] Gregynog, July 2010)
‘Cerddoriaeth ac Iechyd yng Nghymru’ (‘Hunaniaeth’), (‘Music and Health in Wales’ [‘Identity’,] Postgraduate Conference, School of Welsh, Bangor University, May 2010)
‘Cerddoriaeth mewn Iechyd a Lles yng Nghymru’ (‘Cerddoriaeth yng Nghymru: Yr Hen a’r Newydd’, (‘Music in Health and Well-being in Wales’ [Music in Wales: The Old and the New’], CAWMS Conference, St Fagans, November 2009)
‘Harmonïau’r Hwyrddydd’ (‘Twilight Harmonies’ [Conference hosted by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, Gregynog], May 2009)

Community links:

  • The development of a rapport with the Health Service at a local level, so as to enable Music students to go to perform at local health care venues for residents and patients.
  • Co-operation with ‘Pontio’ on a research project examining musical residency at the  Plas Hedd care home, Maesgeirchen, Bangor. The project forms part of a wider research group organised by Pontio which considers the effect of the arts on people who live with dementia.  The project received coverage on BBC Radio Cymru and S4C.