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MUSC8038 - Instrumental Folk Tradition

Title:Instrumental Folk Tradition
Long Title:Instrumental Folk Tradition
Module Code:MUSC8038
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: Examination of the instruments and instrumental styles used in Irish Traditional Music and a survey of the various ensembles which played an important role in the rebirth and development of the music.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Examine the playing style pertaining to each instrument found within the tradition
LO2 Evaluate the role of the major exponents of Traditional Irish Music
LO3 Contextualize the use of instrumentation within the tradition
LO4 Explore the instrumental tradition through active participation
LO5 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).

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
Survey of the various instruments found within Traditional Irish Music
Evaluation of the role played by major exponents of Traditional Irish Music
Assessment of the introduction of instruments to the tradition
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation Presentation of on-going project research into the role of instrumental playing in Irish Traditional music 1,2,3,4,5 40.0 Week 8
Essay A written expansion of the project research to include relevant audio / visual material (c2000-2,500 words) 1,2,3,4 60.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal 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 Lecture 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Tutorial 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Exploration of repertoire 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Exploration of recorded and archive material 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Attend sessions and live performances 2.0 Every Week 2.00
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
  • Breathnach, Breandán 1986, The Use of Notation in the Transmission of Irish Folk Music, (Irish Traditional Music Society), University College, Cork ,Cork [ISBN: B0000COIZ2]
  • Breathnach, Breandán, Folk Music and Dances of Ireland, Mercier Press Cork [ISBN: 10-1900428652]
  • Cranitch Matt 1988, The Irish Fiddle Book, Mercier Press Cork [ISBN: 10-1900428679]
  • Fleischmann, Aloys 1988, Sources of Irish Traditional Music c. 1600 – 1855, Garland Publishing New York
  • Hamilton, Colin 1990, The Irish Flute Player’s Handbook, Breac Publications Cork
  • Moylan, Terry 1994, Johnny O’Leary of Sliabh Luachra - Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border, Lilliput Press Dublin [ISBN: 10-1874675422]
  • O'Neill Francis 1976, O'Neill's 1001The Dance Music of Ireland, Waltons Dublin [ISBN: 10-0786616032]
  • Vallely, Fintan (ed.) 2011, The Companion to Irish Traditional Music, 2nd revised Ed., Cork University Press Cork [ISBN: 9781859184509]
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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