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Voice

Voice
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree NFQ Level 8

Entry Route: Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts - LM026

CAO points history:
303 †
Course code:
LM026
Duration:
4 Years

† Indicates that students admitted to the programme are required to undergo a Garda Vetting process.
Course leader:
Dr Hannah Fahey
Email: Tel:
+353 61 202958
Admissions:
Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus

Why Study Voice?

The BA Voice is a four-year, full-time undergraduate programme designed to develop your vocal performance skills, repertoire and knowledge of your practice. You will develop your scholarly knowledge and enquiry around singing and you will also be introduced to other performance practices, enhancing your creative potential.  You will study a number of practical, research and vocational modules which will help you to focus your artistic and scholarly creativity into a fulfilling career.

Entry to first year is under the CAO common entry code (LM026 BA Performing Arts) shared with all of the undergraduate degree pathways (BA Irish Music, BA Irish Dance, BA Contemporary Dance, BA Voice and BA World Music).  However, your focus from the beginning will be on voice. You will develop your vocal performance practice through weekly one-to-one, choral, ensemble, theatre and performance classes.  All BA Voice students also take a variety of skills classes in keyboard, music theory, sight-singing and conducting, ensuring that singers graduate with a high standard of transferrable skills for work in the field.

Students also engage academically with classical, popular, traditional and world music and dance through a performative lens, and from second year onwards, BA Voice students undertake additional specialist modules in vocal pedagogy and voice studies as well as shared performance technology, community music and music education modules with students from different pathways.

Vocalists engaged in this course at the Irish World Academy will experience a range of vocal styles and traditions. Students enter the programme from popular(CCM), music theatre/stage school, singer/songwriter, folk, sacred or choral backgrounds (among others). You will find that the core aspects of the programme will support your development across multiple styles, broadening and deepening your approach to singing and functional awareness of your instrument. The Academy has an unparalleled team of faculty and tutors who will guide and facilitate the growth of students as vocal performers and academics.

As a student, you will be based in 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.

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What you will study

Year 1

MD4101 - Performance 1A

Here students will develop core skills with one-to-one vocal classes, sight singing, conducting, theory and keyboard classes.

MD4091 - Irish World Academy Practicum C1

Here students will engage in ensemble work with in-house and visiting tutors well  as have the opportunity to select other collaborative performance practices in other folk, world and popular music and dance traditions.

MU4001 - Critical Encounters with Irish Music and Dance

Issues addressed in this module will be taken from current research engagements with the native Irish music and dance traditions. These will critically engage historical narratives, conceptual structuring and evolving identities of the traditions in question. Students will be introduced to concepts of research as a creative, scholarly practice.

MU4011 - Critical Encouters with World Music and Dance

In this class students are introduced to diverse music traditions from around the world, including, popular musics of West Africa, the court music of Indonesia, classical musics of India, folk and Celtic musics of Europe, classical music of the Arab Middle East, and traditional musics of Canada and America. Students deepen their knowledge of diverse repertoires and performance practices, develop their scholarly engagement with music and dance, gain a more global view of music and dance, and contextualise their own music and dance practices within the wider world of music and dance.

Electives

In addition to their core modules, each year students choose from a large number of elective modules in dance and music, and other subjects outside of the performing arts. These elective modules offer students the opportunity to enhance their educational experience, and broaden their artistic and academic horizons. Elective options vary from year to year but typically students can choose from  range of vocal and instrumental ensembles (from Academy choir to Irish traditional music ensemble), songwriting classes, lectures in country music, courses in choreography, North American percussive dance, Irish folklore and history, and various languages, including Irish.

MD4102 - Performance 2A

Here students will develop core skills with one-to-one vocal classes, sight singing, conducting, theory and keyboard classes.

MD4111 - Irish World Academy Practicum C2

Here students will engage in ensemble work with in-house and visiting tutors well  as have the opportunity to select other collaborative performance practices in other folk, world and popular music and dance traditions.

MU4012 - Critical Encounters with Western Art Music and Dance

This module explores Western Art music and dance practices in an academic and performative context, providing them with an insight into some of the diversity of music and dance practices within these traditions.

MU4002 - Critical Encounters with Popular Music and Dance

In this class students study various genres of popular music and dance. Students deepen their knowledge of diverse popular repertoires and performance practices, and deepen their knowledge of the role of popular culture in social, political, economic, cultural and artistic life. Students develop a critical view of popular music and dance, and contextualize their own music and dance practices within the wider, commercially mediated world of music and dance.

Electives

In addition to their core modules, each year students choose from a large number of elective modules in dance and music, and other subjects outside of the performing arts. These elective modules offer students the opportunity to enhance their educational experience, and broaden their artistic and academic horizons. Elective options vary from year to year but typically students can choose from  range of vocal and instrumental ensembles (from Academy choir to Irish traditional music ensemble), songwriting classes, lectures in country music, courses in choreography, North American percussive dance, Irish folklore and history, and various languages, including Irish.

 

Year 2

MD4103 - Performance 3A

Here students will develop core skills with one-to-one vocal classes, sight singing, conducting, theory and keyboard classes.

MD4092 - Irish World Academy Practicum C3

Here students will engage in ensemble work with in-house and visiting tutors well  as have the opportunity to select other collaborative performance practices in other folk, world and popular music and dance traditions.

MU4023 - Voice Studies: Historical and Cross Cultural Perspectives

This module introduces students to the interdisciplinary academic field of voice studies and its relevance to performance  practice and performance studies. It explores historical and cross-cultural perspectives on vocality, voice, vocal training and performance; and also examines the role that singing plays in community, ritual, social and political contexts. Students will engage with research methods relevant to the field of voice studies and will develop the skills necessary to critically engage with vocal performance in a creative, reflexive and contextualized way.

MD4113 - Performing Arts Technology

This module will introduce students to professional audio and visual technologies relevant to performers in their field. The professional world around performance practice, performance education, media and other career paths open to students on this programme will be explored. Students will use such technologies in professional contexts generating project work out of the day-to-day life of the Academy, recording concerts, providing technical support to a wide range of performances and generating media appropriate to the world of performing arts.  Students in this module will learn practical technological applications relevant to their performance practice. Students will learn to use and manipulate PAs and lighting rigs, led by professionals in the field and applied in real-world situations. Students will also be introduced to media generating software such as Final-Cut Pro and Logic to produce high level audio and video outputs.

Electives

In addition to their core modules, each year students choose from a large number of elective modules in dance and music, and other subjects outside of the performing arts. These elective modules offer students the opportunity to enhance their educational experience, and broaden their artistic and academic horizons. Elective options vary from year to year but typically students can choose from  range of vocal and instrumental ensembles (from Academy choir to Irish traditional music ensemble), songwriting classes, lectures in country music, courses in choreography, North American percussive dance, Irish folklore and history, and various languages, including Irish.

MD4104 - Performance 4A

Here students will develop core skills with one-to-one vocal classes, sight singing, conducting, theory and keyboard classes.

MD4112 - Irish World Academy Practicum C4

Here students will engage in ensemble work with in-house and visiting tutors well  as have the opportunity to select other collaborative performance practices in other folk, world and popular music and dance traditions.

MU4043 - Vocal Pedagogy

This module introduces students to core knowledge on the vocal mechanism and its function in singing. In addition to this, students will critically engage with recent research on a variety of topics related to singing and the teaching of singing.

MD4034 - Contextualising and Vocational Studies - Music and Dance Education/ Community Music and Dance

This module is designed to help competent musicians and dancers to come to an understanding of what it means to be involved in music and dance education contexts. There are three main components to this module :Music and Dance Curriculum studies, Professional Studies and School Based Work. The first priority is to help the development of expertise in a variety of educative situations. These range from classroom activities for various age groups and abilities to instrumental teaching, classroom teaching, ensemble, choral, band and orchestral rehearsals, and the passing on of music and dance. There is also an introduction to Community Music and Dance which involves the development of acquired skills in a community music and dance context and as community musicians and dancers

Electives

In addition to their core modules, each year students choose from a large number of elective modules in dance and music, and other subjects outside of the performing arts. These elective modules offer students the opportunity to enhance their educational experience, and broaden their artistic and academic horizons. Elective options vary from year to year but typically students can choose from  range of vocal and instrumental ensembles (from Academy choir to Irish traditional music ensemble), songwriting classes, lectures in country music, courses in choreography, North American percussive dance, Irish folklore and history, and various languages, including Irish.

Year 3

Cooperative Education

In their 3rd year, Irish World Academy performing arts students go on ‘co-op’, a university-wide module specifically designed for undergraduates to engage in real-world, professional environments. The Cooperative Education division, in consultation with the Academy, helps students to identify working opportunities in a variety of contexts, including arts management, education, performance, media and related fields. Students are encouraged to set up their own six-month placements or to engage in split placements (ideally no more than two placements) in order to explore if their expectations for future careers match the experiences they have during the co-op period. Faculty visits, pre- and post- co-op assessment skills, and final report help students to reflect upon the process, enabling them to critically evaluate their time off campus

MD4105 - Performance 5A

Here students will develop core skills with one-to-one vocal classes, sight singing, conducting, theory and keyboard classes.

MD4116 - Irish World Academy Practicum C5

Here students will engage in ensemble work with in-house and visiting tutors well  as have the opportunity to select other collaborative performance practices in other folk, world and popular music and dance traditions.

MU4106 - Arts and Health

This module is designed to enable music and dance students to develop awareness and understanding of the impact of the arts on health and well-being. The module aims to develop well-rounded music and dance graduates who are aware of the role of the arts in various contexts (such as hospital, community healthcare and mental health) and the impact of their own health and well-being on their own arts performance.

MU4013 - Research Skills: Ethnomusicology/ Ethnochoreology/ Arts Practice

This module will introduce students to the important contextualising disciplines of ethnomusicology and ethnochoreology and their main principles and orientations as well as the practical application of fieldwork and the production of ethnographic representations.

Electives

In addition to their core modules, each year students choose from a large number of elective modules in dance and music, and other subjects outside of the performing arts. These elective modules offer students the opportunity to enhance their educational experience, and broaden their artistic and academic horizons. Elective options vary from year to year but typically students can choose from  range of vocal and instrumental ensembles (from Academy choir to Irish traditional music ensemble), songwriting classes, lectures in country music, courses in choreography, North American percussive dance, Irish folklore and history, and various languages, including Irish.

Year 4

MD4106 - Performance 6A

Here students will develop core skills with one-to-one vocal classes, sight singing, conducting, theory and keyboard classes.

MD4147 - Irish World Academy Practicum C6

Here students will engage in ensemble work with in-house and visiting tutors well  as have the opportunity to select other collaborative performance practices in other folk, world and popular music and dance traditions.

MD4157 - Irish World Academy Final Year Project 1

This module is intended students in the first semester of their fourth year, preparing to embark on an extended research project which will be presented in a 10,000 word thesis or equivalent. The student will agree on the subject of the project with the course director and will be introduced to a number of sample research projects and methodologies.

MU4007 - Professional Skills for the Performing Arts

This module will examine issues pertinent to the lives of professional musicians and dancers. Issues such as promotion, effective communication, industry structures, touring, dealing with statutory arts bodies and funding structures will be practically engaged. Classes may feature professionals working in these fields and regularly faculty with relevant experience. This aspect of the module is supported by a lecture series and assessed through attendance and written assignments in the form of professional portfolios and resources.

Electives

In addition to their core modules, each year students choose from a large number of elective modules in dance and music, and other subjects outside of the performing arts. These elective modules offer students the opportunity to enhance their educational experience, and broaden their artistic and academic horizons. Elective options vary from year to year but typically students can choose from range of vocal and instrumental ensembles (from Academy choir to Irish traditional music ensemble), songwriting classes, lectures in country music, courses in choreography, North American percussive dance, Irish folklore and history, and various languages, including Irish.

MD4107 - Performance 7A

Here students will develop core skills with one-to-one vocal classes, sight singing, conducting, theory and keyboard classes.

MD4128 - Irish World Academy Practicum C7

Here students will engage in ensemble work with in-house and visiting tutors well  as have the opportunity to select other collaborative performance practices in other folk, world and popular music and dance traditions.

MD4138 - Irish World Academy Final Year Project 2

This is the second of the two Irish World Academy modules for the FYP. The student works in a one on one context with supervisor in this module while receiving certain skills training to enable them to fill out the structure of the FYP started in the previous semester. Students will produce their own unique piece of research in an genre and disciplinary approach to the performing arts of their own choosing.

MU4004 - Materials and Context for Vocal Performance

This module will prepare students for the programming of their final performances, providing a critical and practical engagement with key resources, texts and contexts for curating and programming successful performance events Students will also study approaches to vocal arrangement.

Electives

In addition to their core modules, each year students choose from a large number of elective modules in dance and music, and other subjects outside of the performing arts. These elective modules offer students the opportunity to enhance their educational experience, and broaden their artistic and academic horizons. Elective options vary from year to year but typically students can choose from  range of vocal and instrumental ensembles (from Academy choir to Irish traditional music ensemble), songwriting classes, lectures in country music, courses in choreography, North American percussive dance, Irish folklore and history, and various languages, including Irish.

Entry requirements

Please refer to the course entry route, Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts, for a full list of entry requirements. 

How to apply

Where are you applying from? How to Apply
Ireland Irish students must apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found here. 
The UK  Students who have completed their A-Levels can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website. 
The EU EU Students can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website.
Non-EU country If you are outside of the EU, you can apply for this degree here.

Fees & funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€2,558
SUSI paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€5,650

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€2,558
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€5,650

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student paysTuition Fees€2,558
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€5,650

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€12,178
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€12,270

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to https://www.studentfinance.ie to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website

 

Your future career

  • Professional Performance
  • Further Study (MA, PhD)
  • Music/Dance Therapy
  • Community Music/Dance
  • Music/Dance teacher
  • Arts administration
  • Performance management and promotion
  • Backstage work in performance theatre e.g. sound engineer
  • Music Technology, e.g. recording studio producer/technician
  • Media (TV, Radio etc.)
  • Work in cultural institutions and archives

To find out more, go to https://www.IrishWorldAcademy.ie

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