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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.

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.

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

•Cambridge Assessment English - Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•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 full time

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Course Director
Dr Sandra Joyce
Tel: +353 (0) 61 202565
Email: sandra.joyce@ul.ie

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Irish Traditional Music Practicum 1
Introduction to Fieldwork Methods
Writing and the Documentation of Practice 1
Critical Engagement with Irish Traditional Music
Professional Development for the Performing Arts

Options: students can choose one option 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

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

Options: students can choose one option 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

Application date

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

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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