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MUSC8036 - Advanced Studies in Irish Trad

Title:Advanced Studies in Irish Trad
Long Title:Advanced Studies in Irish Trad
Module Code:MUSC8036
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MARIA JUDGE
Module Description: This module enables the learner to develop a knowledge of the field of Irish Traditional Music from both historical and social perspectives and examines the various influences and developments both within the tradition and in relation to associated organisations.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Analyse details of form, structure and tune types
LO2 Examine the concept of ornamentation and innovation within the tradition
LO3 Evaluate Irish Traditional Music in its historical and social context
LO4 Engage in active class discussion and contribute to subjective evaluation
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).

An Introduction to Irish Traditional Music or equivalent
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

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.


Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Form in Irish Traditional Music
Examination of form and structure in Irish Traditional Music
Examination of the modal construction of Irish Traditional Music
Examination of the various tune types within Irish Traditional Music
Examination of the various types of ornamentation found in Irish Traditional Music
Historical and Social Context
Examination of the historical and social context of Irish Traditional Music
Examination of the outside influences on the tradition
Folkmusic in Western art music
Examination of folkmusic found within other music types
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Investigative project supported by audio and/or visual material as appropriate 1,2,3 60.0 Sem End
Presentation An approved topic 1,2,3,4 40.0 Week 8
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 Weekly Lecture 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Weekly Tutorial 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Attendance at live sessions and concerts in Irish Traditional Music 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Listening to, and examination of, recorded and archived material in relation to the subject 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Supplementary Book Resources
  • Vallely, Fintan (ed.) 2011, The Companion to Irish Traditional Music, 2nd revised Ed., Cork University Press Cork [ISBN: 9781859184509]
  • Breathnach, Breandán 1986, The Use of Notation in the Transmission of Irish Folk Music, Cork University Press Cork [ISBN: ASIN-B0006EO9]
  • Breathnach, Breandán 1971, Folk Music and Dances of Ireland, Mercier Press Cork [ISBN: 10-1900428652]
  • Uí Ógáin Rioghnach 1995, ‘Traditional Music and Irish Cultural History’ in Irish Musical Studies: 3- Music and Irish Cultural History, edited by Gillen, Gerard, & White, Harry, Irish Academic Press Dublin [ISBN: 10-1851822615]
  • Ó Riada, Seán 1982, Our Musical Heritage, Fundúireacht an Riadaigh, Dolmen
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 5 Elective
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 7 Elective

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