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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Irish Traditional Music
Module Code MC226
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Sean Doherty
Semester 2: Sean Doherty
Autumn: Sean Doherty
Module TeachersSean Doherty
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module offers an opportunity for students to develop their knowledge of Irish music through aural, practical, and academic engagement. Students will study historical collections, sean nós songs, English-language songs, dance-tune types, traditional and contemporary instruments, regional styles, ornamentation, and principal exponents of the tradition.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a solid understanding of Irish traditional music, its features, its principal exponents, and its influences from and on the cultural life of Ireland and beyond.
2. Identify and adapt appropriate resources for the learning and teaching of Irish vocal and instrumental music, including regional styles.
3. Engage with key historical collections and identify their contribution to contemporary performance practice.
4. Gain a practical understanding of the features of Irish traditional music through active listening and performance.
5. Apply knowledge and competencies gained to the teaching context.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Assignment Completion48No Description
Independent Study53No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Irish Traditional Music
Historical Perspectives on Irish traditional music; Features of Irish traditional dance music; Traditional and Contemporary Instruments: Regional Styles; Sean nós and English-language song; Significant song and tune collections.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ProjectResearch project on a selected aspect of Irish traditional music60%n/a
Practical/skills evaluationAnalytical listening assessment40%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Sean Williams: 2009, Focus: Irish Traditional Music, Routledge, London,
  • Jessica Cawley: 2021, Becoming an Irish Traditional Musician: Learning and Embodying Musical Culture, Routledge, London,
  • Tes Slominski: 2020, Trad Nation: Gender, Sexuality, and Race in Irish Traditional Music, Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, Connecticut,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BRMBachelor of Religious Education & Music

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