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Irish Traditional Music Performance MA

Course Details

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 Niall Keegan
Address:
The Irish World Academy of Music & Dance
Email:
niall.keegan@ul.ie
Tel:
353 61 202465
Fax:
353-6-202589
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Brief Description

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.

The MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance is a one-year, full-time postgraduate programme 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.

This programme will develop music skills and other associated skills appropriate to the modern performance of traditional Irish music.

  • To provide a learning environment for advanced performance in Traditional Irish Music to the highest standard;
  • To honour the artistic integrity, history, and identity of the performance practice within an academic and performance orientated context; 
  • To facilitate interactivity with other performance practices; 
  • To assist each individual performer in 'finding his or her voice' through traditional music performance; 
  • To facilitate the cross-fertilisation of both the academic and performance pursuits of postgraduate performing music, dance and academic programmes; 
  • To equip the student with the necessary vocational skills for modern professional performance contexts.
Semester 1 Semester 2
MU5611 Irish Traditional Music Practicum 1
MD6021 Introduction to Fieldwork Methods
MD6071 Writing and the Documentation of Practice 1
MD6081 Critical Engagement with Irish Traditional Music
MD6091 Professional Development for the Performing Arts
Options: students can choose one option from the list below
• MD6051 Independent Study 1
• MD6102 Colloquium 1
• MD6061 Introduction to Somatics 1
• MD6031 Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research
• MD6101 Interdisciplinary Improvisation
• MD6041 Introduction to Ritual Studies
MU5612 Irish Traditional Music Practicum 2
MU6022 Irish Traditional Music Project
MD6062 Critical Contexts for Arts Management and Cultural Policy
Options: students can choose one option from the list below
• MD6052 Independent Study 2
• MD6111 Colloquium 2
• MD6072 Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 2
• MD6092 Introduction to Somatics 2
• BR5001 Broadening Through Awareness, Activism and the Arts
Semester 3 : MD5522 Final Presentation

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

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.
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.

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
  • 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.
Note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, any interviews or auditions (as required by the Course Director) during the application process will now take place virtually.

Nicole McKeever, MA

The MA in Irish Traditional Dance Performance programme at UL, under the directorship of Dr Catherine Foley, changed me as dancer both physically and mentally. It allowed me to become the professional dancer and choreographer I knew I was destined to be. Through my experiences in the program and the people I met I was able to launch my professional career and take my life in a direction I never could have imagined. Since successfully completing the MA in Irish Traditional Dance Performance, I have toured consistently for five years with Riverdance the show, dancing on four continents. I have recently earned my TCRG as a certified Irish dance teacher. I have also taught workshops in Brazil and dance classes in New York City.

 

Andrew Vickers, M.A. 

The MA in Traditional Dance Performance is a must for Irish dancers who like to think outside the box. The Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick is a safe, nurturing, creative space for emerging dance makers from an Irish traditional dance background. During my time on the course I was encouraged to find my own identity as a dancer whilst applying the fundamental techniques of ethnographic research and dance making to my choreographic process. This program also provided beneficial resources to collaborate and network with people from different areas of the performing arts. Dr Catherine Foley has developed a great way to bring traditional dance forward into an academic setting using her vast experience and expertise in the field of dance and ethnochoreology. I would strongly recommend this course to any person looking to further their career in dance.