Music - Ritual Chant & Song

The MA in Ritual Chant and Song is a one-year programme exploring ritual vocal repertoires, which are contextualised through the study of ritual theory and liturgical history. Western plainchant is the main chant repertoire studied, and Irish traditional religious song is also key to the programme. Vocal development is facilitated through one-to-one, weekly vocal classes, as well as master-classes with internationally renowned performers. The programme is offered in association with the Benedictine community at Glenstal Abbey.

Key Facts
Students take field trips to sites such as Lough Gur and Glenstal abbey to enrich their experience and academic knowledge of Ritual Chant and Song.

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.

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester
• Ritual Chant and Song Practicum 1
• Materials, Methods and Context for Western Chant 1
• Introduction to Fieldwork techniques
• Introduction to Ritual Studies
• Introduction to Somatics 1

Options: students can choose two options from the list below

• Independent Study 1
• Colloquium 1
• Academic Literacies for International Postgraduate Students 1
• Professional Development for the Performing Arts
• Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research
• Critical Contexts of Arts Management and Cultural Policy

Spring Semester
• Ritual Chant and Song Practicum 2
• Materials, Methods and Context for Western Chant 2
• Advanced Ritual Studies
• Introduction to Somatics 2

Options: students can choose two options from the list below

• Independent Study 2
• Colloquium 2
• Academic Literacies for International Postgraduate Students 2

Summer Semester
• 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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