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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Technology Portfolio Irish Trad Music
Module Code MC310
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; and also facilitates engagement with technological resources such as notation software and recording/sequencing programmes.

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. Show competence and creativity in the use of music notation software appropriate to Year 3.
4. Source and utilise appropriate programmes for editing and manipulating recorded sound.
5. Apply knowledge and competencies gained to the teaching context.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Lectures on course content
Assignment Completion48Developing proficiency in music software, preparation of graded and ungraded tasks
Independent Study53Research and listening in a range of Irish Music areas; online and paper-based research in knowledge of music software
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

This combined module includes sections on
Irish Music and Music Technology. The Irish Music section involves an exploration, through aural, audio-visual and academic paths, of the instrumental and vocal music of Ireland and its place in the culture of this country and further afield. Students will develop confidence and expertise in identifying the principal features of Irish music and performance styles. The Music Technology section offers an opportunity to become familiar with and adept in the use of notation, editing and recording software for use in composition and educational contexts.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ProjectIrish Music research project50%Once per semester
AssignmentMusic Notation assignment50%Once per semester
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

  • Fintan Vallely (ed.): 1999, The Companion to Irish Traditional Music, Cork University Press,
  • Harry White: 1998, The Keeper's Recital: Music and Cultural History in Ireland, 1770-1970, Cork University Press/Field Day,
  • Barra Boydell and Harry White (eds): 2013, The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland, University College Dublin Press,
  • Gerard Gillen and Harry White (eds): 0, Irish Musical Studies, Vols 1-6, Irish Academic Press,
  • Barra Boydell: 2004, A History of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Boydell & Brewer,
Other Resources

50227, Notated Music, 0, Irish Dance Tunes, www.thesession.org, 50228, Audio/Video, Various artists, 0, Irish Music: Audio and Video Recordings, www.youtube.com, 50229, Audio/Video, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, 0, Audio and Video Resources, www.comhaltas.ie, 50230, Website, Software and Use Support, 0, MuseScore, www.musescore.org, 50231, Additional Resources, Course Lecturer, 0, Module-Specific materials,
Programme or List of Programmes
BRMBachelor of Religious Education & Music

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