MA Ritual Chant & Song Programme Outline

Programme Outline

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MU5351: Ritual Chant & Song Seminar 1

An introduction to theoretical paradigms relevant to the study and performance of ritual vocal repertoires, drawing on historical musicological and ethnomusicological approaches, through three seminar areas: chant theory, which will introduce Western plainchant, in its historical, social, religious, liturgical, intellectual and aesthetic contexts; ritual theory, which will introduce theoretical and methodological approaches to ritual and ritual song; a survey of Irish ritual practices which will introduce ritual practices from prehistoric to postmodern times, with particular reference to vocal performance.

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MU5352: Ritual Chant & Song Seminar 2

This module will build on the work of MU 5351 (Ritual Chant & Song 1) through the facilitation of an in-depth understanding of theoretical paradigms relevant to the study and performance of ritual vocal repertoires, drawing on both historical musicological and ethnomusicological approaches, through three major seminar areas: chant theory, ritual theory, and a survey of Irish ritual practices; it will also facilitate independent study and research in topics relevant to these specialist areas.

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MU5361: Ritual Chant & Song Practicum 1

This module will provide specialist vocal training, appropriate to the idiomatic performance of a range of vocal repertoires including Western plainchant, Irish traditional religious song, aspects of the Western choral tradition and selected world ritual vocal repertoires; tuition will include solo vocal technique and repertoire classes; instruction in schola and ensemble singing; conducting and facilitating ensemble performance; vocal accompaniment as appropriate to specialist repertoires; sight-singing and aural training within a contextual approach to vocal repertoires and performance techniques.

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MU5362: Ritual Chant & Song Practicum 2

This module will develop the practical instruction introduced in MU 5351 (Ritual Chant & Song  Practicum 1) through the provision of  specialist vocal training, appropriate to the idiomatic performance of a range of vocal repertoires including Western plainchant, Irish traditional religious song, aspects of the Western choral tradition and selected world ritual vocal repertoires; tuition will include solo vocal technique and repertoire classes; instruction in schola and ensemble singing; conducting and facilitating ensemble performance; vocal accompaniment as appropriate to specialist repertoires; sight-singing and aural training, as well as the facilitation of an independently selected programme of performance.

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MD5501: Irish World Academy Autumn Elective

This module offers students the opportunity to pursue self-directed learning of an academic or performance-based project, under the guidance of the course director and an elective supervisor. The student may wish to use the elective to pursue more specialised study in his / her area of study, or to access the other areas of expertise available at the centre. These currently include Ethnomusicology, Ethnochoreology, Music Education, Community Music, Music Therapy, Irish Traditional Music and Dance Performance, Contemporary Dance Performance and other specialist research interests of faculty and doctoral researchers at the Academy.

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MD5512: Irish World Academy Spring Elective

The module offers the opportunities presented under the Irish World Academy Autumn Elective.

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MD5522: Final Presentation

This final presentation involves a final performance / thesis submissions or a combination of both, offered by the student as the culmination of his / her work during the course of the programme. The presentation is designed in consultation with the course director.

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