MA Songwriting
Introduction

The Master of Arts in Songwriting is a one year, full-time postgraduate programme, which focuses on the artistic practice of songwriting with opportunities to perform and record work. The course is cognisant of the wide variety of approaches to songwriting that one might adopt and will not attempt to be a ‘how-to’. Rather, this is a space where students can explore and be exposed to a range of writing techniques, whilst having the dedicated time and resources to develop their own body of work. This will be through a combination of solo work and collaboration with a community of fellow songwriters with guidance from songwriting mentors.

Students will be encouraged to develop a strong sense of their individual voice. Their songwriting skills will be honed through supportive and reflective critique. Exposure to a wide range of approaches to songwriting is essential and to achieve this some of Ireland’s most renowned songwriters, as well as International songwriters will visit for workshops and performances.

As well as providing critical engagement with artistic practice, the history of songwriting will be investigated with a broad overview of the art of songwriting. This will be achieved in a variety of way including  the inspection of songs across the millennia. We’ll journey from the 11th Century through medieval England’s John Dowland and Austria’s prolific Lieder composer Franz Schubert. The Great American Songbook is visited while voices from pop culture of the late 20th and early 21st centuries will be featured. All this inspection will be conducted through  a combination of intimate tutorials and public interview formats with a variety of experts in their fields.

Programme of Study
Semester 1

MD6181 Seminar in Style and Context 1

MD6191 Songwriting Process 1

MD6031 Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research

MD6091 Professional Development for the Performing Arts

Options

MD6021 Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques

MD6041 Introduction to Ritual Studies

MD 6051 Independent Study 1

MD6o61 Introduction to Somatics

MD6071 Writing & the Documentation of Arts Practice 1

MD6111 Colloquium 1

MD6201 Instrumental Skills for Songwriters

MD6211 Irish World Academy Ensembles

MD6221 Applied Music Theory for Songwriters

Semester 2

MD6202 Songwriting Style and Context 2

MD6192 Songwriting Process

MD6062 Critical Contexts for Arts Management and Cultural Policy

MD6172 Performance and Media Technologies for Songwriters

Promotion and Dissemination for Songwriters

Options

EH6112 Individual Creative Writing project

MD 6052 Independent Study 2

MD6072 Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 2

MD6081 Critical Engagements with Irish Traditional Music

MD6o61 Introduction to Somatics 2

Interdisciplinary Practice

Semester 3

MD5522 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.

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Contact

Applicants wishing to discuss detailed elements of the programme may contact the Course Director:

Carl  Corcoran

Room No: IW1.28
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance,
University of Limerick,
Limerick,
Ireland.
Tel : +353-61-202082
e-mail: Carl.Corcoran@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