M.A. Ethnomusicology

The Graduate School at the University of Limerick | Limerick, Ireland
The MA in Ethnomusicology is a one-year, full-time programme, which considers music in its cultural context. Ethnomusicology provides an alternative approach to the study of Irish Traditional Music, Popular Music and World Music.

Description of Ethnomusicology

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The MA in Ethnomusicology is a one-year, full-time programme, which considers music in its cultural context. By applying theoretical concepts developed in the Social Sciences and by testing these within the context of field research, Ethnomusicology provides an alternative approach to the study of Irish Traditional Music, Popular Music and World Music. This approach embraces Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Area Studies and Education in addition to other relevant areas in musical studies.

Objectives

  • To equip postgraduates with a professional qualification in Ethnomusicology;
  • To develop a sound theoretical basis for undertaking musical research;
  • To provide students with a thorough grounding in the field for teaching purposes;
  • To give practical training in musical performance and dance;
  • To consider Irish music within a larger geographical framework.

Careers

The degree course is designed to meet the continuing education needs of graduates in music and in cognate and closely related disciplines. The course is also designed to cater to the occupational and vocational needs of the following professions: university and college lecturers in ethnomusicology, secondary teachers of music, professional music performers, music archivists, music administrators, music educators, and media specialists.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 2nd Friday in June
Tuition fee
  • EUR 9811 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 4932 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2015
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Languages
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

Semester 1

History of Ethnomusicology, Methods in Ethnomusicology; Processes and Change in Irish Traditional Music.

Semester 2

World Music Survey; Anthropology of Music; Elective Module; Final Presentation.

Requirements for Ethnomusicology

A primary degree in a suitable discipline (e.g. Anthropology, Music, Cultural Studies and Folklore) with a first or second class honours, or an approved professional qualification (Primary degree: level 8 NQAI). An interview will be required in all cases, as well as an audition where necessary. Candidates may be required to submit additional audio visual and/or written material. Applications from graduates with music and/or dance experience are especially welcome.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

As all international students are required to possess sufficient language skills to attend lectures and sit examinations at the University of Limerick, students should be competent to communicate through the medium of English prior to their arrival.

Students must have a minimum score of 550 (paper based) or 213(computer based) 80 (internet based) in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score in the range of 6.5-7 and not less than 6.0 in any one component.

Work Experience for Ethnomusicology

No work experience is required.

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