Irish Music Studies (Certificate)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview

This programme is taking place at St Angela’s College Sligo only. Irish traditional music, song and dance are an integral part of Irish cultural life and identity and this programme provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the ways in which traditional Irish music, song and dance have contributed to the creation of identity amongst Irish communities on the island of Ireland and beyond.

It will include a practical element with workshops in sean-nós dancing and singing led by sean-nós practitioners drawing on the particular expertise of musical traditions from the west and northwest of Ireland.

Participants will gain an understanding of the ways in which Irish performers have been actively involved in imagining and re-imagining Ireland from the eighteenth century through to the present.

Key facts

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements.  No previous knowledge of the Irish language or of Irish music is necessary.

Duration: 1 year, part-time

Next start date: Please contact the Programme Co-ordinator

ECTS weighting: 15

Awards: Certificate in Irish Music Studies

Closing date: Please contact the Programme Co-ordinator

NFQ level: 7

Course outline

Module Title:  Irish Music Studies 1 
Semester 1: Transmission of Traditional Music and Dance         

This topic will give the student an opportunity to explore the methods, modes and sites of transmission in Irish traditional music and dance, and how those have radically altered during the course of the last century.

Students will examine the movement of traditional music and dance from the domestic to the public platform, from the house to the pub and concert idiom, and other significant changes which occurred.  The transition of Irish traditional music from a solo art form, to that of an ensemble expression is perhaps one of the most radical shifts in performance during the twentieth century.  This will be a central point of discussion throughout the course. 

In addition, technological advances through the 20th century, particularly in the area of recording techniques and the introduction of radio, had dramatic consequences for Irish traditional music.  This module addresses these advances and will encourage the students to assess the affects on music practice.

Finally, this module will incorporate a practical element with workshops in sean-nós dancing and singing led by sean-nós practitioners which will draw on the particular expertise of musical traditions from the west and northwest of Ireland.

Lecturer(s):   Verena Commins (and guest lecturers)
Assessment:   Assessment will be by essay, written assignment and practical presentations.
Weighting:     7.5 ECTS Credits

 

Semester 2:  Irish music song and dance and the diaspora

This topic will look at the pre and post-famine journeys of Irish music and song to the Americas. It will trace the journey of Irish music and its impact on various music traditions such as black-face minstrelsy, old-timey, bluegrass and country music. Students will examine the influences of the United State’s recording industry and the ethnic recordings of the early 20th Century with particular consideration of the Sligo 3, Michael Coleman, James Morrison and Paddy Killoran. It will investigate diasporic relationships between Ireland and the UK through a musical lens along with related folk traditions such as those in Brittany and Canada. The final leg of this musical journey manifests in musical forms in Ireland through the filter of country and western, folk and rock and roll.

Lecturer(s):     Verena Commins (and guest lecturers)
Assessment:     Assessment will be by essay, written assignment and practical presentations.
Weighting:        7.5 ECTS Credits

Applications and selections

Please contact the Programme Co-ordinator.

 

Maria McHugh
Adult and Continuing Education Office
T: 091 495144
F: 091 525051
E: maria.mchugh@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation
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Find out more

Verena Commins
Centre for Irish Studies
Tel: 091 492051
Email: verena.commins@nuigalway.ie

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €970 per year
Non-EU (Total): €1,470 per year