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MA in Traditional Music Studies

Course Duration
18 Months
Course Level
Level 9
Course Places
15 Places
Course Start Date
January 2021

Course Summary

This is a two-semester, 12 months, blended delivery masters in Traditional Music Studies. It provides opportunities for deep learning and research into Irish traditional music through the methodological lenses of ethnomusicology and cultural theories of music. It encompasses music recording and transmission technology to facilitate expertise in performance, research and fieldwork. There is a capstone dissertation that is completed from May-September which may follow a creative practice or pure research route.

Students engage with the discipline of ethnomusicology undertaking courses in traditional music studies, performance studies, and transmission & 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.

Course Content includes:

  • Irish Music - History
  • Ethnomusicology - Theory & Method
  • Traditional music - Society & Economy
  • Irish Music - Performance Studies
  • Transmission & Technology
  • Critical Theories & Research
  • Major Dissertation / Research Project Minimum Entry Requirements

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Students will study:

  • Irish Music - History

  • Ethnomusicology - Theory & Method
  • Traditional music - Society & Economy
  • Irish Music - Performance Studies
  • Transmission & Technology
  • Critical Theories & Research
  • Major Dissertation / Research Project

These in addition to a major, researched dissertation/project.

This is a full time course, with part-time options offered through blended delivery mode. The seven academic modules collectively engage with Traditional music forms as artistic, social and professional practices. They involve performance, production and presentation of music, song, dance, each of which is engaged with by participants according to personal strengths. Ongoing assessment is mostly continuous. Final assessment for the MA level involves a major research dissertation or music project which is completed over the summer months; the PGDip is completed in early summer by a minor dissertation or project. The programme has been planned to suit the needs of a range of candidates of varying age, education level and music background. Such might be Traditional Irish music, song or dance performers who wish to gain a more academic knowledge of their subject, or a wider view of traditional musics on these islands and in Europe. It will be of great value to those involved in non-performance aspects of the Traditional-music spectrum who wish to learn more about its history and practice. It is designed also for those who wish to explore Traditional music newly, who will have much to gain by immersion in both its academic analysis and performance.

In addition to the online delivery, students will be on campus at DkIT for approximately one week each semester for face-to-face meetings with other students and staff and onsite delivery of components of the programme.

These residential weeks will include generic skills training, performance tutorials, visits and fieldtrips, training in essential music software packages, the development of group-based assignments and recording sessions.

will allow the linking of content and learning across modules will encourage group interaction and foster a positive group dynamic that will encourage greater participation in and engagement with blended learning components.

Please note that these arrangements may be subject to changes due to the Covid-19 situation.

Graduates would have eligibility potential for a wide span of Traditional music and Arts related employment niches which require specialist field knowledge and aesthetic judgment and sensitivity to community and cultural values. Such include:

  • Education
  • Research
  • Production companies
  • Arts administration
  • Television and radio
  • Print media
  • Artiste representation and PR
  • Music rights
  • Music supplies
  • Recording studios and video companies
  • Archives and local history projects
  • Music technology and web

Students can also progress to further studies and undertake research postgraduate studies at MA, MSc and PhD level.

Students can also progress to further studies and undertake research postgraduate studies at MA, MSc and PhD level

Please find information on fees and funding here: www.dkit.ie/fees

Second class honours degree in any music genre or a related discipline. Entry is open to applicants from any music genre or relevant music background, and is subject to acceptance at interview. Shortlisting of applicants for interview, based on submitted application form, may take place.

All eligible applicants will be interviewed before being considered for admission to the programme.

Other disciplines may also be accepted depending on recognised prior learning. Applicants who have eligibility criteria based in music performance, production and media will be assessed according to the DkIT Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy.

School of Informatics & Creative Arts (School Office)
Email: creativearts@dkit.ie

Dr Adele Commins (Head of Department of Creative Arts, Media & Music)
Email: adele.commins@dkit.ie

Course ID DK966
Level 9
Duration 18 Months
Places 15
School School of Informatics & Creative Arts
Department Creative Arts, Media and Music
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Starting Date January 2021
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How to Apply

You should apply using the DkIT Postgraduate Application (see the download button below). Please include an up-to-date CV with your application form and send your completed application to Admissions Office, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth.

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