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MUSC8097 - Innovation in Folkmusic

Title:Innovation in Folkmusic
Long Title:Innovation in Folkmusic
Module Code:MUSC8097
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MARIA JUDGE
Module Description: To explore past and present innovations in the field of folkmusic and to show an awareness of such innovations
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Examine the use of folkmusic in composition to date
LO2 Evaluate developments in orally transmitted music
LO3 Explore possibilities of innovation in the ethnic music tradition
LO4 Create and produce an innovative work merging folkmusic with other music types
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Examine the use of folkmusic in the music composition of various traditions and of a variety of composers. Explore the presence of nationalism in Western art music.
Explore the concept of cross-genre innovations with traditional Irish music and other musical forms. Examine the application of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic variation.
Analyse the palette of musical tools used in the synthesis of innovation and orally transmitted music with special regard to structure, form and rhythmic emphasis.
Compose an innovative work based on the folkmusic tradition. This should incorporate cross-genre elements and imaginative creation, while maintaining the integrity of the ethnic music in question.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Proposal and presentation of work plan 1,2,3,4 30.0 Week 7
Presentation To present and perform a 8 minute work merging music from the folk tradition with musical elements from other genres 4 70.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Examination of innovation in Folkmusic 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Direction in ongoing preparation for final presentation 1.0 Every Second Week 0.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Research of material relevant to the module 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Examination of the use of folkmusic in other genres 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Experimentation in the merging of folkmusic with other music styles 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 7.50
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.50
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Ó Canainn, Tomás. 2003, Seán Ó Riada: His Life and Work, Collins Press
  • Seán Ó Riada; edited by Thomas Kinsella; music editor: Tomás Ó Canainn 1982, Our musical heritage, Fundúireacht an Riadaigh Dublin [ISBN: ISBN 0-85105-389-0]
  • 2006, Bartók, Hungary, and the Renewal of Tradition: Case Studies in the Intersection of Modernity and Nationality, University of California Press Berkeley [ISBN: 978-0-520-24503-7.]
  • Paul Wilson 1992, The music of Béla Bartók, Yale University Press New Haven [ISBN: 0-300-05111-5.]
  • selected and edited by Benjamin Suchoff 1976, Béla Bartók essays, Faber & Faber London [ISBN: 0-571-10120-8]
  • Nuala O'Connor 2001, Bringing It All Back Home [ISBN: 1903582032]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • G. Gillen and H. White (eds.), Dublin: Irish Academic Press 1990, 'Creative Process in Irish Traditional Dance Music', Irish Musical Studies 1: Musicology in Ireland.
  • Micheal O Suilleabhain 1987, Innovation and Tradition in the Music of Tommie Potts, PhD dissertation, Department of Social Anthropology, Queens University Belfast
  • Cox, G. and Julian Horton (eds.) 2014, Irish folk tunes and minimalist techniques in Eric Sweeney’s Concerto for Guitar (2004), Hazel Farrell, Irish Musical Studies, Vol. 11
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 6 Elective
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 8 Elective

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