MA Ethnomusicology
Introduction

The Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology at UL is a one-year taught post-graduate degree that trains students in the field’s histories, theories, and methods in relation to a variety of world musics. Musical practice is an important part of the program and is a central modality through which to engage in research. The course caters to the international interest in Irish traditional music and contributes to the growing significance of ethnomusicology as an academic discipline in Ireland.

Ethnomusicologists seek to understand the processes by which music is imagined, made, listened to, and discussed —everywhere and anywhere. Ethnomusicology follows music makers and listeners as they move throughout today’s interconnected world. It follows their musics as these circulate from person to person and through various media. It asks how musical experience becomes meaningful for individuals who come together in social groups of all types, ranging in scale from nations to families, and no matter whether they gather together in the intimacy of their homes or communicate through the far-flung networks of the world-wide-web. Ethnomusicology relates the particular musical sounds, behaviours, and ideas shared within these groups to their social, cultural, and ecological contexts. In short, we aim to discover, document, and deepen appreciation of human musical life in all its richness and diversity.

The MA Ethnomusicology at the University of Limerick brings together Ireland’s largest team of specialist faculty, offering an inquiry-led MA culminating in an individualized thesis submission. Musical practice is an important part of the program and is a central modality through which students engage in research. Course work emphasizes fieldwork and ethnographic methodology coupled with a strong theoretical grounding. The programme engages Ireland’s rich musical traditions locally and around the world, as well as exploring the diversity of world musics and their study today.

The Irish World Academy’s commitment to ethnomusicology and ethnochoreology as core offerings is evidenced in the large number of faculty employed in these areas, a library collection that is second to none in Ireland, the recent inauguration of a World Music pathway in the BA Performing Arts and the growth of its world music instrument collection. The Academy regularly hosts major international conferences: The ICTM Study Group in Ethnochoreology; the first Joint Forum of the SEM and ICTM, the Ballad Kommission; and the World Conference of the ICTM.

The ethnomusicology program is delivered by:

Dr. Colin Quigley (Course Director ), Dr. Aileen Dillane (Acting Course Director 2014-2015) and Dr. Mel Mercier (Professor, Chair of Performing Arts).

Supported and augmented by faculty in cognate fields:

Dr. Catherine E. Foley, Dr. Sandra Joyce, Dr. Niall Keegan, Dr. Mats Melin and Dr. Orfhlaith NiBhriain.

Limerick City and its surrounding areas in the West of Ireland is convenient to some of the heartlands of Irish traditional music. ‘Trad sessions’ are easy to find, numerous, frequent, and varied in character. It is home to significant numbers of new immigrants whose musical traditions have become a feature of cultural life in the region. Not surprisingly intercultural exchange and interaction in music is an increasing phenomenon.

The degree course is designed to cater for the continuing education needs of graduates in music and in cognate and closely related disciplines, such as: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Education, Ethnochoreology, Gender Studies and Irish Studies. The course appeals to a broad spectrum of students who come from a wide variety of musical and academic backgrounds and who wish to benefit from the unique configuration of theoretical and practical possibilities offered by the University of Limerick. The aim of the course is to provide a thorough grounding in theory and methods in Ethnomusicology and to consider Irish traditional music as well as other world musics within this frame.

Programme of Study

The Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology is a one year, full-time, taught programme. Its modules comprise lectures, seminars, tutorials and practicals. These are divided equally between Autumn and Spring semesters. In addition, a substantial Final Project presentation will be prepared for submission late in August. This may take the form of a 15,000 word thesis or combination of performance and a shorter written component.

Semester 1

MU5101 History of Ethnomusicology

MD6021 Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques

MD6041 Introduction to Ritual Studies

MD6031 Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research

MU6061 Music Ethnography

Options

MD 6051 Independent Study 1

MD6071 Writing & the Documentation of Arts Practice 1

Semester 2

MU5022 Anthropology of Music

MU3032 World Music Survey

Options

MD 6051 Independent Study 1

MD6071 Writing & the Documentation of Arts Practice 1

Semester 3

MD 5522: Final Presentation

Applications

Entrance Requirements:

A primary degree with first or second class honours

or

an approved equivalent qualification

or

an equivalent capability based on prior professional experience.

HOW TO APPLY:

http://www.ul.ie/graduateschool/how-apply

http://www.ul.ie/graduateschool/courses/research/irish-world-academy

or

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick

Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287
Email: postgradadmissions@ul.ie

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK ACADEMIC CALENDAR:

http://www.ul.ie/acacal/academic_cal.html

POSTGRADUATE FEES:

http://www3.ul.ie/finance/docs/FeeScheduleAY1415.pdf

SCHOLARSHIPS:

Click here for a list of scholarships available to prospective Irish World Academy of Music and Dance students.

Testimonials

“The ethnomusicology course is a hands on learning experience with ample topics of discussion. We are exposed to vast musical cultures, and often work with the ethnochoreology students to fuse dance and music together to create a more holistic idea of the cultures we are studying. By participating in this course, my eyes and mind were opened to a whole new way of observing musical traditions. New questions were forming, and a new sense of wanting to participate musically with others was ignited. The faculty were extremely knowledgeable and provided very hands on learning opportunities.

In conjunction with the ethnomusicology course, studying at the Irish World Academy was absolutely amazing! The vast opportunities that were available between the lunch time concerts, evening performances, guest speakers and round table discussions allowed exploration into many different avenues of music and ethnomusicology. Anyone wanting to study  here would not be disappointed.

The most positive attribute of the academy is the warm welcome to various styles of musical performance, whether from students, faculty or guest artists. Irish music is definitely a strong foundation at the academy, but all genres are welcome.

I am originally from a music education background, and my goal by taking this course was to bring a more ethnographic view of world music into a classroom. This has come to fruition as I have given a guest lecture about my time in Ireland, and as I am currently a substitute teacher I have been sharing world music in various classrooms with a much different viewpoint.”

Cody Robinson

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Contact

Applicants wishing to discuss detailed elements of the programme may contact the course director:

Dr. Colin Quigley 
Course Director
MA Ethnomusicology,
Room No: IW2.23,
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance,
University of Limerick,
Limerick,
Ireland.tel: +353-61-202966
fax: +353-61-202589
e-mail: Colin.quigley@ul.ie

For further details, information and brochures about the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance:

Irish World Academy of Music and Dance,
University of Limerick,
Limerick,
Ireland.
Phone: + 353 61 202590
e-mail: IrishWorldAcademy@ul.ie

For queries to the University of Limerick Postgraduate Admissions Office:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick

Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287
Email: postgradadmissions@ul.ie