MUS20730 Traditional Music Practices 1

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module will train students to put traditional Irish music theory into practise. Students will be introduced to a wide range of traditional repertoire, styles and techniques, taught by leading artists in the field. Students will then apply these skills to their own performances, compositions or arrangements, which will be submitted at the end of the semester.

Students will work on one major project and one minor project, choosing any two of the following options:

- Performance
- Composition/Arrangement
- Essay

Major Performances will be a set of tunes, to be performed and recorded in Weeks 11-12, showcasing a variety of the playing styles studied in class.
Minor Performances will be a single tune or song demonstrating some of the techniques taught in class

Major Compositions will be an original work or set of tunes, exploring a variety of the instrumental and regional playing styles studied in class. Minor Performances will be a single original tune or song demonstrating some of the techniques taught in class.
Major Arrangements of traditional material will be written for at least 6 of instruments available from among the ensemble. Minor arrangements will be written for at least 2 of instruments available from among the ensemble.

Major Essays will be 5000 words, researching a topic covered in class (or closely related topics, to be approved by MC).
Minor Essays will be a 1000-word commentary on the student's recording or composition, outlining the styles and techniques demonstrated.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

All students completing this module will:

1. Learn to perform a broad repertoire of traditional Irish music
2. Learn to perform traditional repertoire from the Balkan region
3. Understand the variety of playing techniques employed in different regions of Ireland
4. Study the techniques of accompanying traditional Irish music
5. Learn skills of composing and arranging traditional music
6. Develop practical skills pertaining to the rehearsal process, including preparing scores and parts, recording, performing, and working together in a small ensemble

Indicative Module Content:

Performing traditional Irish music
Performing music from the Balkan region
Accompanying traditional Irish music
Composing and Arranging
Traditional Modes and Rhythms
Rehearsing, Recording, Performing

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
1. Guest lectures from leading traditional Irish artists
2. Regular assignments responding to the guest lectures
3. In-module supervision and feedback from Module Coordinator
4. Autonomous Student Learning - students will work on their major project throughout the semester (rehearsing, composing, arranging, notating, or writing and researching)
5. Intensive rehearsals and recording sessions towards the end of term 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

tudents are expected to have a sufficient level of musical ability and experience that they will understand the terminology used in class (e.g. discussing scales, chords, rhythms, instrumental techniques, etc.) and be able to contribute to class discussions, rehearsals and performances. Less experienced performers may choose essay writing as their major project, although they will also be expected sing, play, compose or arrange some small amount of music for their minor project.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Submission of a minor project (performance, composition, arrangement or written commentary) which will demonstrate a deep understanding of the topics and skills taught in class. Week 12 n/a Graded No


Examination: The final presentation of major and minor projects should be of a high standard and may take the form of recordings, performances, music scores or essays. Week 12 No Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Regular ongoing evaluations of the student's major project (performance, composition, arrangement or essay) which will demonstrate a deep understanding of the topics and skills taught in class. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive personal feedback from the Module Coordinator throughout the semester.