ITA BEAUSANG is a native of Cork. She studied piano at the Cork School of Music and the Read Pianoforte School. At UCC she was a student of Aloys Fleischmann who guided her on the road to musicology with her PhD thesis Anglo-Irish Music 1780-1830 (Cork University Press). She retired on marriage from a teaching post in the Cork School of Music and returned to work in the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in 1986. Her research interests include music education and contextual studies of music in Ireland. She is currently involved as an Advisory Editor for EMIR, and her biography of the Irish composer, Ina Boyle, is scheduled for publication in the Field Day Publications series.