Tutor Profile: Aoife Sadlier

Aoife Sadlier

Subjects & Levels Taught:

Music – cello and piano instrumental (all levels);
GCSE and A Level Music
Social and cultural theory
Psychoanalytic theory
Social Science methodology
Visual methodologies in Social Sciences

Educational Background:

  • BMus, CIT Cork School of Music, Ireland, First Class Honours
  • MA Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck – University of London
  • PhD Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College, London

Tutoring Experience:

I have taught cello and piano on a private individual basis for the past ten years.  During my undergraduate degree, I also began to teach Musicology, harmony, GCSE and A Level music, thus expanding my teaching skills.

Following from my Masters research in Psychosocial Studies, I now also give tuition in topics related to sociocultural theory, Psychoanalytic theory, as well as Social Science research methods.  I have particular expertise in the use of visual mixed methods approaches, and enjoy passing on my enthusiasm for social research.

Personal Biography:

Born in Limerick, Ireland, Aoife began her musical training at the age of six, studying piano at the Limerick School of Music, and later the cello.  During her early studies, Aoife twice won a high scorer award from ABRSM for her Grade 5 and 8 cello grade exams, as well as winning the Limerick City Council Bursary for Instrumental Music in 2004.

In 2006, Aoife gained a First Class Honours Music degree from the CIT Cork School of Music, Ireland. She specialised in instrumental pedagogy, cello performance, chamber music, Musicology and Music therapy.  During her BMus, Aoife won the Director’s award for three consecutive years, for having demonstrated outstanding academic performance.  She also won 2nd prize in the Vanbrugh Quartet Chamber Music competition (as a member of the CSM String Quartet) and obtained an LRSM in cello performance from ABRSM.  In addition, her undergraduate dissertation was shortlisted for a prestigious undergraduate of Ireland award, in the Modern Cultural Studies category.  This dissertation explored the multiple identities of the famed Austrian composer, Arnold Schoenberg, through the lens of his musical works and political writings.

Having become interested in identity and sociocultural theory during her undergraduate degree, Aoife enrolled on the MA in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London in September 2011.  Her MA thesis explored the salience of the body in the formation of female identity, using a visual mixed methods approach.  She presented the results of her research at an international interdisciplinary conference, ‘Talking Bodies,’ at the University of Chester, March 2013.  Having graduated from the MA in Psychosocial Studies (Distinction), Aoife has just begun a PhD in the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College, London, fully funded by the ESRC.

What do you enjoy most about tutoring?

I pride myself on my eclectic and creative approach to teaching, which takes into account each student’s strengths and individual personality.  I enjoy catering my lessons to my students’ individual needs, developing interesting strategies for sustaining their attention.  I particularly like building a good rapport with my students, which makes for a productive working environment.

Other Interests:

I love zumba, and go to classes 3-4 times a week! I also enjoy other creative pursuits such as drawing/painting, creating my own recipes, writing and travelling.


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