The MA Irish Traditional Music Performance is a one-year, full-time postgraduate programme designed to provide advanced tuition in the performance of Irish Traditional Music. Instrumental and vocal tuition is enabled by a community of world-renowned traditional performers and tutors.
Critical examination of repertoire sources and styles of performance, as well as an examination of modern vocational non-performance skills such as music business and music technology, form an essential part of the programme content. Elective modules allow the student to access the many areas of academic and performance expertise available at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.
Students of the programme have the opportunity to work with some of the finest
and most well known performers in traditional Irish music and related traditions. Weekly classes are provided by our permanent team of highly renowned instrumental tutors. A particular feature of the programme is the number of visiting tutors where students have unparalleled and extensive access to leading international performers.
Aims and Objectives:
- To develop music skills and other associated skills appropriate to the modern performance of Irish traditional music
- To provide a learning environment for advanced performance in Irish traditional music to the highest standard
- To honour the artistic integrity, history, and identity of the performance practice within an academic and performance orientated context
- To facilitate interactivity with other performance practices
- To assist each individual performer in ‘finding his or her voice’ through traditional music performance to facilitate the cross-fertilisation of both the academic and performance pursuits of postgraduate performing music, dance and academic programmes
- To equip the student with the necessary vocational skills for modern performance contexts
Students have contact with some of the finest and most well known performers in traditional Irish music and related traditions. Weekly classes are provided by our permanent team of instrumental tutors. However, a particular core feature of the programme is the number of visiting tutors to the programme where students have unparalleled, extensive access to the leading performers internationally. Students also have an important say in the choice of tutors who visit in the academic year.
Some of our visiting tutors have included Martin Hayes, Tommy Peoples, Frankie Gavin, Kevin Crawford, Matt Molloy, Jean Michelle Veillion, Brian Finnegan, Donal Lunny, Steve Cooney, Mary Bergin, Enda Scahill, Mikey Smith, Ryan Molloy, Matt Cranich, Noel Hill, Charlie Harris, Micheal O Raghallaigh, Dermot Byrne, Karen Tweed, Laoise Kelly, Joe Burke, Kieran Hanrahan, Liam O’Connor, Any Irvine, Roisin White, Niall Vallely, Catherine McEvoy, Nan Tom Teaimín De Búrca, Tony MacMahon, Dave Milligan, Marcus Moloney, Alec Finn and many, many more.
Regular tutors include Siobhan Peoples, Eileen O’Brien-Minogue, Derek Hickey, John Carty, Jim Higgins, Niall Keegan, Kieran Munnelly, Majella Bartley, Tommy Fitzharris, Alan Colfer, Tadhg Ó Meachair, Conal O’Kane, Karan Casey, among others.