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Ritual Chant & Song MA

Course Details

Course Code: MARCSOTFAD

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 Eleanor Giraud
Address:
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
Email:
eleanor.giraud@ul.ie
Tel:
+353-61-234743
Fax:
+353-61-202589
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Brief Description

The MA in Ritual Chant and Song is a programme in chant and ritual vocal repertoires, contextualised by a programme of study in ritual theory and liturgical history. The programme specialises in Western plainchant and Irish traditional religious song and welcomes a variety of world ritual vocal repertoires. Vocal development is facilitated through one-to-one, weekly vocal classes, as well as master-classes with internationally renowned performers. The programme is offered in association with the Benedictine community at Glenstal Abbey.

The MA in Ritual Chant and Song is a one-year, full-time programme in chant and ritual vocal repertoires, contextualised by a programme of study in ritual theory and liturgical history. The programme specialises in Western plainchant and Irish traditional religious song, and welcomes a variety of world ritual vocal repertoires. Vocal development is facilitated through one-to-one, weekly vocal classes, as well as master-classes with internationally renowned performers. The programme is offered in association with the Benedictine community at Glenstal Abbey.

Objectives:

  • To provide a specialist, vocal training in ritual repertoires, particularly Western plainchant and Irish traditional religious song, contextualised by the study of liturgical history and ritual theory.
  • To develop a research foundation for the interdisciplinary study of music, performance, theology and anthropology of ritual.
Semester 1  Semester 2
MU5361 Ritual Chant and Song Practicum 1
MD6151 Materials, Methods and Context for Western Chant 1
MD6021 Introduction to Fieldwork techniques
MD6041 Introduction to Ritual Studies
MD6061 Introduction to Somatics 1
Options: students can choose two options from the list below
• MD6051 Independent Study 1
• MD6061 Introduction to Somatics 1
• MD6102 Colloquium 1
• MU6071 Beginners' Ecclesiastical Latin for the Study of Plainchant
• AS6001 Academic Literacies for International Postgraduate Students 1
• MD6091 Professional Development for the Performing Arts
• MD6031 Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research
MU5362 Ritual Chant and Song Practicum 2
MD6142 Materials, Methods and Context for Western Chant 2
MD6132 Advanced Ritual Studies
MD6092 Introduction to Somatics 2
Options: students can choose two options from the list below
• MD6052 Independent Study 2
• MD6092 Introduction to Somatics 2
• MD6111 Colloquium 2
• AW6012 Academic Literacies for International Postgraduate Students 2
• MD6062 Critical Contexts for Arts Management and Cultural Policy
• MD6162 Interdisciplinary Practice
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.

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 (long document)

 

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.
 

Careers
One focus of the course is the development of performers so many past students have gone on to develop careers as singers, musicians and musical directors. However students have used 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.  A good number of graduates of this MA have also gone on to further doctoral study.  

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