Seán Mac Liam studied for his BMus degree and a Higher Diploma in Education at University College Cork. He holds an MA in composition and an MLitt in musicology from Trinity College Dublin. He taught in Primary and Post-primary schools, worked as a Music Inspector in the Department of Education and Science. He has recently retired as Associate Professor in Music and Co-ordinator of Humanities Degrees at St Patrick’s College, DCU. The author of a number of music textbooks, he has recently completed a monograph on the life and music of Irish nationalist composer Robert O’Dwyer.