MUSC8037 - The Irish Folksong Tradition

Title:The Irish Folksong Tradition
Long Title:The Irish Folksong Tradition
Module Code:MUSC8037
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: A study of Irish folksong from historical and social perspectives, incorporating a detailed study of the sean nós tradition and the various regional styles.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Formulate new research on aspects of the Irish folksong tradition
LO2 Evaluate folksong traditions through active participation
LO3 Analyse ornamentation and innovation within the tradition
LO4 Assess the various song types within the tradition
LO5 Contextualize the song tradition historically and socially
LO6 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
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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
The study of Folksong in a cultural and social context
Sean Nós
Examination of the sean nós tradition
Song Types
Exploration of the various song types found in the tradition
Regional Styles
Examination of the various regional singing styles in Ireland
Innovation and Improvisation
Examination of historical and modern influences on the Irish Song Tradition
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation Presentation of on-going research 1,2,3,4,5,6 40.0 Week 8
Essay Essay 1,2,3,4,5 60.0 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 Lecture 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Development of repertory 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Attend live performance and group activity 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Exploration of recorded and archive material 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.00
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]
  • Tunny, Paddy 1991, The Stone Fiddle, Irish Books and Media [ISBN: 10: 086281300X]
  • Con O Drisceoil 2007, The Spoons Murder and Other Mysteries, Craft Recordings Dublin [ISBN: 97-0-9553112-0-8]
  • Dáibhí Ó Cróinín ed. 2000, The Songs of Elizabeth Cronin, Four Courts Press Dublin [ISBN: 1-85182-259-3]
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) 6 Elective
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 8 Elective