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In 2018, the RSA Ireland team granted Dr Denise White FRSA a small Ideas to Impact grant towards her scientific research on the value of creative thinking in music and music interventions.

Dr White’s research can provide new ways of innovative thinking, music making, collaborating, and inclusive learning. The project addresses significant impact, new teaching and learning methodologies which could have a cross-disciplinary approach. 

RSA Fellows are invited to join Dr Denise White FRSA (@_TheMusicDoctor) at her upcoming presentation to explore how innovative music improvisation interventions can enhance children and young people’s language skills, concentration, self-efficacy, confidence, collaboration, wellbeing, and creative minds.


Event: The Value of Inclusive Creativity
Date & Time: 28 Feb 2019, 15:00 - 17:00
Location: Psychology Department, National University of Ireland (NUI), University Road, Galway, Ireland, H91 TK33

The session will focus on music improvisation as a fundamental form of creativity. It will also examine:

  •  Process and product
  •  Therapeutic uses of music
  •  Teaching and learning approaches
  •  Quality of output
  •  Inclusive Collaboration
  •  Novelty
  •  Music for all?
  •  Confidence and self-esteem
  •  Self-efficacy and challenge
  •  Skills development
  •  An emotional state

Participants will:

  •  Become aware of the value of music and music improvisation as a therapeutic tool
  •  Be able to distinguish between the process and product
  •  Understand the value of a creative product which is of high quality
  •  Be familiar with how to introduce simple yet effective music techniques
  •  Realise that you do not need a musical background to use music as a tool
  •  Become familiar with the value of inclusive collaboration
  •  Learn how we can help others develop essential skills through the use of music/music improvisation
  •  Know the importance of nurturing creativity throughout life.

We are all born creative, yet our creativity appears to diminish as we grow. There is scholarly consensus that creativity involves producing an output that is innovative, novel, unusual, yet simultaneously, pertinent, and valuable (Runco and Jaeger, 2012), and that creative potential can be realized and magnified (Plucker et al. 2011; Richards, 2007). Additionally, it is broadly welcomed that creativity can be improved and enhanced particularly through training, with most instruction programmes reliant on divergent thinking (Lubart and Guignard, 2004). 

To find out more and RSVP for the workshop, contact

If you have any access requirements or require any reasonable adjustments, please let the team know: Please also let us know if you have any dietary requirements or severe allergies.

Follow the link to find out more about RSA Ireland's small grant offer for Fellows.


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