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Irish Traditional Music Performance, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #501 (WUR) Limerick, Ireland
The MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance at University of Limerick 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.

Overview

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.

Objectives

This Irish Traditional Music Performance programme offered by University of Limerick  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.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Irish Traditional Music Practicum 
  • Introduction to Fieldwork Methods
  • Writing and the Documentation of Practice 
  • Critical Engagement with Irish Traditional Music
  • Professional Development for the Performing Arts 
  • Independent Study 
  • Colloquium 
  • Introduction to Somatics 
  • Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research
  • Interdisciplinary Improvisation
  • Introduction to Ritual Studies
  • Irish Traditional Music Project
  • Critical Contexts for Arts Management and Cultural Policy

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Applications for EU students are accepted on a rolling basis

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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  • Minimum required score:

    580

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

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General Requirements

  • A primary degree in a suitable discipline with first or second class honours or an approved professional qualification (Primary Degree: Level 8 NQAI). 
    • 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.
    • 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 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12510 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12510 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5741 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5741 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Limerick

  • 850 - 1150 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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