Traditional Irish Music
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree NFQ Level 8
Entry Route: Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts - LM026
† Indicates that students admitted to the programme are required to undergo a Garda Vetting process.
Why Study Irish Traditional Music?
The BA Irish Music is a four-year, full-time undergraduate degree in music designed to develop your performance skills and knowledge of your practice, as well as to include other forms of musical and artistic expression. You will also be able to develop your scholarly knowledge and enquiry around your own discipline and genre. Importantly, you will be introduced to other performance practices and scholarly traditions in order to gain new insights into the worlds of music and dance, enhancing your creative potential. You will also study a number of vocationally focused modules aimed at allowing you to translate your artistic and scholarly creativity into a fulfilling career.
The first year of the course is the common entry programme shared with all the pathways (Irish Music, Irish Dance, Contemporary Dance, Voice and World Music). Here you will focus and develop your own music practices and be introduced to critical academic engagement with classical, popular, traditional, contemporary, world music and dance through a performative lens.
From second year onwards, you will focus on Irish Music. Students will undertake additional specialist modules in Irish music and dance studies and ethnomusicology as well as focusing on vocational issues in technology, business and education.
You will have access to one-on-one, weekly contact with some of the finest traditional musicians in Ireland today in order to develop the student’s performance repertoire and style to its full potential. Students will work in ensemble contexts as well as develop skills in music theory and keyboard, essential for any music graduate.
As a student, you will be based at the world-class facilities of the Irish World Academy building, equipped to the highest standards with cutting edge performance and rehearsal spaces and technological infrastructure. Tuition is provided by a faculty of excellent performers and academics, as well as industry professionals and international guest artists and researchers.
The programme prepares you for many different career paths including professional performance; further study; work in cultural institutions; media related posts; archival work; performance production; portfolio careers combining the preceding and others in entrepreneurial ways.