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Music - Community Music

The MA offers a comprehensive grounding in the skills and knowledge needed to function as a successful community musician in a range of contexts. The course is aimed at musicians who want to extend or develop the abilities needed to facilitate the expressive work of others and work effectively with a wide range of people in diverse settings. Students attain practical perspectives and hands-on experiences in the emerging field of Community Music in conjunction with developing the skills required to realise projects from their inception to their final execution.

The Master of Arts in Community Music is a one year, full-time postgraduate programme. It offers a comprehensive grounding in the skills and knowledge needed to function as a successful community musician in a range of contexts. The course is aimed at musicians who want to extend or develop the abilities needed to facilitate the expressive work of others and work effectively with a wide range of people in diverse settings. Students attain practical perspectives and hands-on experiences in the emerging field of Community Music in conjunction with developing the skills required to realise projects from their inception to their final execution. The course includes: new music skills, group-work, fundraising, evaluation, project development and entrepreneurism. The course considers and addresses the growing interest in Community Music throughout the world.

Objectives:

To equip students with a professional qualification in Community Music

To develop workshop skills, practical management and all other skills necessary for this work

To add to the academic canon of community music writing

To consider and be part of the development of community music in Ireland

To promote access to excellent participatory music making

Entry requirements

Primary degree in a suitable discipline with first or second class honours or an approved equivalent qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). Or an equivalent capability based on prior professional experience.

A performance audition and interview will be required in all cases.

Additional audio, visual or written material may be required.

Garda clearance is also required for this programme.

What to include with your application:

Qualification transcripts and certificates

English language qualification if English is not your first language

Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.

A copy of your birth certificate or passport

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
•University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Duration

1 year

Careers or further progression

Careers
Orchestral outreach, Prison and Probation Service, Schools, Day Care settings, health settings, Youth Service, Local Authority, Arts Councils, Adult Education, Multicultural Arts groups.

Further enquiries

For academic queries on this programme contact:
Course Director:
Kathleen Turner
The Irish World Academy of Music & Dance
Tel: 353-61-202590
Email: kathleen.turner@ul.ie

Subjects taught

Semester 1
MU5501 Community Music Skills 1
MU5511 Community Music in Context
MD6051 Independent Study 1
MD6111 Colloquium 1

Semester 2
MU5512 Community Music Skills 2
MU6032 Community Music Project
MD6062 Critical Contexts for Arts Management and Cultural Policy
MD6052 Independent Study 2
MD6102 Colloquium 2

Semester 3: MD5522 Final Presentation

Application date

Application Deadline: 30 May (Late applications will be considered for any remaining places on the programme after the closing date).

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 10/Sep/2018

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