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Academic Year 2022/2023

Collectors of Music & Song (IRFL40200)

Irish Folklore
Arts & Humanities
Irish, Celtic Stud & Folklore
4 (Masters)
Module Coordinator:
Dr Tiber Falzett
Mode of Delivery:
On Campus
Internship Module:
How will I be graded?
Letter grades

Curricular information is subject to change.

This module is designed to introduce students to the history of music and song collecting. The module will concentrate on the principal collectors from the late eighteenth century until the present day. Reference will be made to their social and cultural background. This will include an evaluation of their contribution in terms of both collecting and publishing, and the degree to which, on occasions, their editorial procedures may have brought the authenticity of published tunes into question. Material in the Irish language will be looked at as well as material in English. The various methods of collecting will be introduced - from the handwritten manuscript page to 'podcasting'. The aims of collectors will also be discussed and analysed. Fieldwork will be encouraged so that students may experience music and song collecting at first hand. The place of traditional music in society and the value of its documentation in the wider sphere, in the past and the present, will be discussed.

About this Module

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of, and a familiarity with, collecting and collectors in Ireland, with particular reference to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Trace the history of methodologies in relation to collecting traditional music and song in Ireland.
Evaluate the contribution and authenticity of the work of the collectors.
Display knowledge of the impact of the cultural context on the collecting of music and song.
Display an understanding of the importance of the dynamics which operate between collector and performer and the possible effect of those dynamics on recorded material.
Demonstrate a familiarity with the principal repositories and collections of traditional Irish music and their holdings.

Student Effort Hours:
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Teaching in the module is geared towards the promotion of a spirit of enquiry among students and towards encouraging them to develop a reflective approach to their studies. Teaching is carried out in classroom-based lectures. Assessment takes the form of (an) in-semester essay(s) and a written examination.

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Assignment(s) to be set by the lecturer/module co-ordinator. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: Two-hour exam during which two questions have to be answered from a choice of four. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No



Carry forward of passed components

Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 

Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback in this module is centred around the in-semester continuous assessment component(s), enabling students to draw on feedback provided for the earlier in-semester component(s) to improve their performance in the later component(s).

Name Role
Dr Tiber Falzett Lecturer / Co-Lecturer