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Certificate in Irish Traditional Music Studies

Course Points
10
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Level
Level 7
Course Places
20 Places
Course Start Date
Mid-September 2019

Three great reasons to consider this course

  • Learn more about the musical heritage of the Oriel region.
  • Be prepared for visitors seeking to engage with Irish traditional music.
  • Teachers can enhance their knowledge of Irish traditional music.

Course Summary

This short programme introduces students to the rich and varied musical heritage of Ireland with a particular focus on the Oriel Region. This makes for a unique programme, attractive to those with a strong interest in Irish music and culture. As well as historical content, students have the opportunity to learn to perform music, song and dance from the region and understand the repertoire in context and visit significant musical spaces in the region. Fieldwork opportunities include engaging with Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, which will be held in the region.

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This short programme introduces students to the rich and varied musical heritage of Ireland with a particular focus on the Oriel Region. This makes for a unique programme, attractive to those with a strong interest in Irish music and culture. As well as historical content, students have the opportunity to learn to perform music, song and dance from the region and understand the repertoire in context and visit significant musical spaces in the region. Fieldwork opportunities include engaging with Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, which will be held in the region.

Course modules include:

  • Introduction to Irish traditional music, song and dance 
  • The Irish Harp Traditions
  • Ensemble Style in Irish traditional music

Module: Irish Traditional Music Studies

Indicative Content
Unit 1: Introduction to Irish traditional music
This unit will introduce instruments, repertoire and form, and major historical developments in Irish traditional music.

Unit 1: The Irish Harp Traditions
This lecture will introduce students to the music of the harp, its symbolic importance and ongoing change in the tradition.

Unit 1: Field Trip: Irish Music Performance
This Field Trip will include site visits to a performance of Irish traditional music.

Unit 2: The Irish Song Traditions
This unit will introduce students to aspects of the Irish song traditions with a particular focus on the Irish language song traditions of the Oriel region.

Unit 2: Field Trip The Poets' Trail
The Field Trip will include visits to a series of sites in Counties Louth and Armagh associated with some of the seminal poets and poetry/songs of the region.

Unit 3: Irish Dance
This unit introduces students to Irish dance traditions including sean nós, set dancing, céilí dancing and step dancing with a focus on the impact of Riverdance on local traditions.

Unit 3 Workshop: Irish Dance and Céilí
The Field Trip will allow students to participate in a dance workshop and experience an Irish céilí.

Unit 4: Ensemble Style in Irish traditional music
In this unit students will receive an introduction to the development of ensemble playing in Irish traditional music from céilí bands to contemporary fusion groups.

Unit 4 Workshop: Learn an Irish Instrument
This workshop will allow students to learn to play the tin whistle and bodhrán.

Unit 5: Irish Traditional Music, Geography and Politics
This unit places Irish traditional music in a contemporary context that considers its role in a border area, the identity of communities in conflict and as an economic resource.

Unit 5 Fieldtrip: Spaces of Irish traditional music
This Field Trip will allow students to encounter tangible and intangible realisations of Irish traditional music.

Course will run one evening a week - Wednesdays 6.00-9.00pm for one semester with two Saturday fieldtrips.

Completion of the programme will enhance other skills and knowledge with particular relevance for the culture industries, tourism, hospitality and education.

BA (Hons) Applied Music

€50 Application fee (refundable if you are not made an offer)
€100 Accept Offer fee (non refundable)

Balance of €350 payable by 31st October 2019

Entry to this programme is in line with the L7 entry requirements of the Institute.
Applicants should hold five grades at 06 or H7 in Leaving Certificate, including English Grade O6 or H7 and Irish grade O6 or H7.
Prior experiential learning will be assessed under the Institute’s Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Those with an interest in Irish culture and heritage, people involved in tourism or with a particular involvement in local activities, learner musicians who seek to know more about the history and context of Irish traditional music.

Dr Daithí Kearney (Co-Director of the Centre for Creative Arts Research)
Phone: +353 (0)42 9370200 Ext. 2159
Email: daithi.kearney@dkit.ie

Course ID DK_MTRAD_7
Level 7
Duration 1 Semester
Credits 10
Places 20
School School of Informatics & Creative Arts
Department Creative Arts, Media and Music
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Fees €500
Starting Date Mid-September 2019
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