Dundalk Institute of Technology have launched a new blended learning Masters / PG Dip in Traditional Music Studies. It is rooted in Irish traditional music, analysing extant music, song and dance forms and contexts, but explores outwards into related traditions which have impacted on Irish music, clarifying linkages, overlaps and borrowing. The programme combines academic research, performance practice and the latest technological methods and explores the musical, social and historical dimensions of the folk music traditions of many areas of Europe including Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and Scandinavia.
Students engage with the discipline of ethnomusicology undertaking courses in traditional music studies, collection and archiving, popular music theory, transmission and technology. The dissertation/research project provides the opportunities for students to develop an in-depth specialised study, which can be academic or performance based. The programme is designed to inform a variety of interests including musicians, teachers, media commentators, producers and promoters.