Music - Irish Traditional Music Performance

The MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance is designed to provide advanced tuition in the performance of Irish Traditional Music. Instrumental and vocal tuition is provided by a community of world-renowned traditional performers and tutors. Past tutors have included Frankie Gavin, Liam O'Flynn, Martin Hayes, Matt Cranitch, Michael McGoldrick amongst many others. Academic skills relating to the understanding and critical examination of repertoire, sources and styles of performance, as well as an examination of modern, vocational, non-performance skills such as music business and music technology, form an essential part of the programme content.

Key Facts
The MA is unique in that it provides for the development of students performance practice through regular contact with some of the leading professionals in the field. These regular, weekly tutors include world renowned teachers and performers such as Siobhan Peoples, Derek Hickey, Eileen O'Brien and John Carty as well as visiting tutors such as Mary Bergin, Donal Lunny, Catriona McKay, Jean Michel Veillon and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh.

Entry requirements

A primary degree in a suitable discipline with first or second class honours or an approved professional qualification (Primary Degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland).
An interview will be required in all cases, as well as an audition where necessary. Candidates may be required to submit additional audio visual and/or written material.

Careers: The prime focus of the course is the development of performers so many past students have gone on to develop careers as traditional musicians. However students have gone on to use skills acquired through this MA in a number of other fields including education (at primary, post-primary, secondary and tertiary levels), technology, arts management, etc.

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester
Irish Traditional Music Practicum 1
Introduction to Fieldwork Methods
Writing and the Documentation of Practice 1
Irish Traditional Music Performance Research Seminar
Professional Development for the Performing Arts

Options: students can choose 2 options from the list below
• Independent Study 1
• Colloquium 1
• Introduction to Somatics 1
• Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research
• Interdisciplinary Improvisation
• Introduction to Ritual Studies

Spring Semester
Irish Traditional Music Practicum 2
Irish Traditional Music Project
Critical Contexts for Arts Management and Cultural Policy

Options: students can choose 2 options from the list below
• Independent Study 2
• Colloquium 2
• Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 2
• Introduction to Somatics 2

Semester 3
Final Presentation

Duration

1 year full time

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

Post Course Info

Careers: The prime focus of the course is the development of performers so many past students have gone on to develop careers as traditional musicians. However students have gone on to use skills acquired through this MA in a number of other fields including education (at primary, post-primary, secondary and tertiary levels), technology, arts management, etc.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    MA

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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