This taught, 2-semester online Masters Programme programme is rooted in Irish traditional music while also exploring outwards into the neighbouring traditions which have impacted on Irish music. The programme combines academic research, performance practice and the latest technological methods and explores the musical, social and historical dimensions of the folk music traditions of many areas of Europe including Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and Scandinavia.
Students engage with the discipline of ethnomusicology undertaking courses in traditional music studies, collection and archiving, popular music theory, transmission and technology. The dissertation/research project provides the opportunities for students to develop an in-depth specialised study, which can be academic or performance based. The programme is designed to inform a variety of interests including musicians, teachers, media commentators, producers and promoters.
In addition to the online delivery, students will be on campus at DkIT for approximately one week each semester for face-to-face meetings with other students and staff and onsite delivery of components of the programme. These residential weeks will include generic skills training, performance tutorials, visits and fieldtrips, training in essential music software packages, the development of group-based assignments and recording sessions. These intensive learning contexts will allow the linking of content and learning across modules will encourage group interaction and foster a positive group dynamic that will encourage greater participation in and engagement with blended learning components.