BA Performing Arts
(World Music)
Introduction

A Global View of Music

The BA Performing Arts (World Music) is a four-year, full-time undergraduate programme, open to students from all music backgrounds who wish to take a global view of music. Students taking this pathway study diverse music traditions from around the world, including the court music of Indonesia, popular musics of West Africa, classical musics of India, folk and Celtic musics of Europe, classical music of the Arab Middle East, and traditional musics of Canada and America.

The first year of the course is the common entry programme shared with all the pathways (Irish Music, Irish Dance, Contemporary Dance, Voice and World Music).  However you focus from the start of this first year is on your own performance practice and you will begin to learn to perform a range of world music styles, including Javanese gamelan, West African drumming and Indian classical music, and explore the histories and cultural contexts of these diverse global music practices. In addition, students taking the World Music pathway have the opportunity to develop their performance skills on their first instrument (including voice) and to deepen their academic knowledge of their ‘own’ music, be it traditional, popular or classical music.

World Class Teaching Staff and Facilities

The World Music pathway is taught by the Academy’s team of internationally renowned performers and scholars. Students also attend workshops, concerts and seminars presented by Irish and international visiting artists and academics. Lectures, ensemble classes, workshops, lessons and concerts take place in the Irish World Academy’s state-of-the-art studios, rehearsal rooms and performance spaces, and students have access to the Academy’s outstanding collection of world music instruments and cutting-edge music technology.Students taking the World Music pathway also share several core course modules with other students on the BA Performing Arts, including music theory, ethnomusicology, performance studies, ethnochoreology, and a range of vocational modules designed to prepare students for future careers.

New Artistic and Academic Horizons

In addition to their core modules, each year students choose from a large number of elective modules in dance and music, and other subjects outside of the performing arts. These elective modules offer students the opportunity to enhance their educational experience, and broaden their artistic and academic horizons. Elective options include a wide range of vocal and instrumental ensembles (from Academy choir to Irish traditional music ensemble), songwriting classes, lectures in country music, courses in choreography, North American percussive dance, Irish folklore and history, and various languages, including Irish.

Multiple Career Paths

The programme prepares students for many different career paths, including professional performance and teaching, further academic and performance studies, community arts practice, arts management and production, and various media roles.

Cooperative Education – Work Experience

In their 3rd year, Irish World Academy performing arts students go on ‘co-op’, a university-wide module specifically designed for undergraduates to engage in real-world, professional environments.   The Cooperative Education division, in consultation with the Academy, helps students to identify working opportunities in a variety of contexts, including arts management, education, performance, media and related fields.  Students are encouraged to set up their own six-month placements or to engage in split placements (ideally no more than two placements) in order to explore if their expectations for future careers match the experiences they have during the co-op period.  Faculty visits, pre- and post- co-op assessment skills, and final report help students to reflect upon the process, enabling them to critically evaluate their time off campus.

Programme of Study

Year 1

Practicum A

Practicum C

Critical Encounters with Music and Dance

Electives

Year 2

Practicum A

Practicum C

World Music and Dance Survey 1

Performing Arts Technology

Critical Encounters with Global Pop

Electives

Year 3

Autumn Semester: Co-op Placement

Practicum A

Practicum C

Research Skills:Ethnomusicology/Ethnochoreology/Arts Practice

Arts and Health

Electives

Year 4

Practicum A

Practicum C

Final Year Project 1

Professional Skills for Performing Artists

Final Year Project 2

Special Topics in Ethnomusicology

Electives

Practicum A

Practicum C

Critical Encounters with Music and Dance

Electives

Year 2

Practicum A

Practicum C

World Music and Dance Survey 1

Performing Arts Technology

Critical Encounters with Global Pop

Electives

Year 3

Autumn Semester: Co-op Placement

Practicum A

Practicum C

Research Skills:Ethnomusicology/Ethnochoreology/Arts Practice

Arts and Health

Electives

Year 4

Practicum A

Practicum C

Final Year Project 1

Professional Skills for Performing Artists

Final Year Project 2

Special Topics in Ethnomusicology

Electives

 

 

Applications

HOW TO APPLY:

All Irish and EU applications (including mature applications) are processed by the CAO (www.cao.ie).  Applications from outside the European Union are processed by the international office of the University (http://www.ul.ie/international/)

All enquiries in relation to admission of students should be addressed to:

Admissions Office

University of Limerick

Limerick

Ireland

tel : +353-61-202700

fax : +353-61-334859

email : admissions@ul.ie 

Web site: http://www2.ul.ie/web/WWW/Services/Student_Affairs/Student_Administration/Admissions/

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK ACADEMIC CALENDAR:

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

UNDERGRADUATE 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.

Media

 

 

Erasmus

For information on the Erasmus options available in the third year of study please see this link.

Contact

Enquiries in relation to the course can be made to:

Professor Mel Mercier

Course Director, BA Performing Arts (World Music)

Room No: IW2.10,

Irish World Academy of Music and Dance,

University of Limerick,

Limerick, Ireland.

Tel: +353-61-202918

E-mail: Mel.Mercier@ul.ie