Ethnomusicology and Ethnochoreology in Ireland

A variety of opportunities are available to those wishing to study Irish traditional music, song and dance at third level on the island of Ireland, both through taught and research programmes. Opportunities for the study of Ethnomusicology and Ethnochoreology are also available.

Pre-Degree Level Courses

Several options are available to study Irish traditional music and dance at certificate and diploma level. These are typically one year, standalone courses but some may also serve as preparation to study music and dance at undergraduate level. Some courses are offered on both a full-time and part-time basis. These options as well as entry conditions vary from institution to institution – if you are interested in studying any of these courses please contact the institution directly for the full details.
Some of theses courses are dedicated to the study of Irish traditional music, song and dance (this is always explicit in the course title) while others include Irish traditional music studies as part of a more general music education programme.

Undergraduate Level

Various undergraduate qualifications are  available through the  study of music and dance.   Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Music  (BMus) are perhaps the most  common.  Undergraduate degree course   involve 3 or 4 years of full time study.   Undergraduate courses  involving a practical music and/or dance component  generally require  some kind of entrance exam and/or audition.  Entry requirements and  auditions processes  vary from institution to institution – contact the  institution directly for  details.
Again, some of theses courses are dedicated  to the study of Irish  traditional music, song and dance (this is always explicit  in the  course title) while others include Irish traditional music studies as   part of a more general music education programme.

Postgraduate Level (Taught Programmes)

Postgraduate qualifications available in  music and dance studies  include the Diploma, Master of Arts (MA) and Master of  Music (MMus).   Some of the options below  are available full-time and part-time, and  the duration can vary from one to  two years.  Entry requirements vary.   Contact the institution directly for details.
Again, some of theses courses are dedicated  to the study of Irish  traditional music, song and dance (this is always  explicit in the  course title) while others include Irish traditional music  studies as  part of a more general music education programme.

Postgraduate Level (Research Programmes)

The following institutions offer  postgraduate research  opportunities in Irish traditional music, song and dance,   Ethnomusicology and Ethnochoreology in the form of Masters and PhD  research  programmes.

Ethnomusicology is the study of social and cultural aspects of music and dance in local and global contexts.

Ethnochoreology is an interdisciplinary subject which considers dance in its cultural context.

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