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Ethnomusicology MA

Course Details

Course Code: MAETMUTFAD

Available: Full- Time

Duration: 1 Year

Faculty: Irish World Academy of Music and Dance

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Contact(s):

Name:
Dr Colin Quigley
Address:
The Irish World Academy of Music & Dance
Email:
colin.quigley@ul.ie
Tel:
353-61-202966
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Brief Description

The MA in Ethnomusicology is a one-year full-time taught MA course that considers music in its cultural and social contexts. It engages with the study of Irish Traditional Music, Popular Music, World Music in both practical and academic modes. Course work emphasises the value of fieldwork coupled with a strong theoretical grounding. It supports both continued research and teaching at tertiary and secondary education levels, as well as having application in a variety of other institutional settings.

The MA in Ethnomusicology is a one-year full-time taught MA course that considers music in its cultural and social contexts. It engages with the study of Irish Traditional Music, Popular Music, World Music in both practical and academic modes. Course work emphasises the value of fieldwork coupled with a strong theoretical grounding. It supports both continued research and teaching at tertiary and secondary education levels, as well as having application in a variety of other institutional settings.

  • To equip postgraduates with a professional qualification in Ethnomusicology; 
  • To develop a sound theoretical basis for undertaking musical research; 
  • To provide students with a thorough grounding in the field for teaching purposes; 
  • To give practical training in musical performance and dance; 
  • To consider Irish music within a larger geographical framework
Semester 1 Semester 2
  • MD6021 Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques
  • MD6031 Media Technologies for Performing Arts & Art Research
  • MD6041 Introduction to Ritual Studies
  • MU5101 History of Ethnomusicology
  • MU6061 Music Ethnography

Options: students can choose one option from the list below

  • BR5001 Broadening through Awareness, Activism and the Arts (Postgraduate)
  • MD6051 Independent Study 1
  • MD6071 Writing and Documentation of Arts Practice 1
  • MD6081 Critical Engagements with Irish Traditional Music
  • MU5022 The Anthropology of Music
  • MU5032 World Music Survey

Options: students can choose one option from the list below

  • MD6052 Independent Study 2
  • MD6062 Critical Contexts of Arts Management and Cultural Policy
  • MD6072 Writing and documentation of Arts Practice 2
Semester 3 : MD5522 Final Presentations

 Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

 

A primary degree in a suitable discipline (e.g. Anthropology, Music, Cultural Studies and Folklore) with a 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. Applications from graduates with music and/or dance experience are especially welcome.

What to Include with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
  • English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language) 
  • A one page supporting statement 
  • A copy of your birth certificate

 

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.
 

The degree course is designed to meet the continuing education needs of graduates in music and in cognate and closely related disciplines. The course is also designed to cater to the occupational and vocational needs of the following professions: university and college lecturers in ethnomusicology, secondary teachers of music, professional music performers, music archivists, music administrators, music educators, and media specialists.

Cody Robinson

The ethnomusicology course is a hands on learning experience with ample topics of discussion. We are exposed to vast musical cultures, and often work with the ethnochoreology students to fuse dance and music together to create a more holistic idea of the cultures we are studying. By participating in this course, my eyes and mind were opened to a whole new way of observing musical traditions. New questions were forming, and a new sense of wanting to participate musically with others was ignited. The faculty were extremely knowledgeable and provided very hands on learning opportunities.

In conjunction with the ethnomusicology course, studying at the Irish World Academy was absolutely amazing! The vast opportunities that were available between the lunch time concerts, evening performances, guest speakers and round table discussions allowed exploration into many different avenues of music and ethnomusicology. Anyone wanting to study  here would not be disappointed.