Are you dreaming of a career in music or dance?
Since 1994, the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance has nurtured performance and academic talent in music, dance and related subject areas and its research is at the forefront of these fields of enquiry worldwide.
Industry led programmes with a real-world focus are informed by innovative community outreach and artist-in-residence initiatives that take the Academy to the wider community, while attracting a wealth of international performance and scholarly expertise.
The Academy’s location and facilities are also a rich source of inspiration, with two theatres, recording studios, individual practice rooms and dance studios all on campus.
UL helps Irish World Academy postgraduates discover their own unique language, so they can develop their true creative potential for a professional career in Music, Dance and Performance.
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The MA offers advanced string and keyboard tuition in violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano and harpsichord. The programme emphasizes solo playing, chamber music, and accompanying, while encouraging interdisciplinary and collaborative projects with instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers from other degree programmes. While maintaining the continuation of the well-known Classical Music traditions, the MA programme also aims to cater for the emerging needs of musicians entering into the global cultural life of the 21st century.Full course details
The MA offers a comprehensive grounding in the skills and knowledge needed to function as a successful community musician in a range of contexts. The course is aimed at musicians who want to extend or develop the abilities needed to facilitate the expressive work of others and work effectively with a wide range of people in diverse settings. Students attain practical perspectives and hands-on experiences in the emerging field of Community Music in conjunction with developing the skills required to realise projects from their inception to their final executionFull course details
The MA is unique in that it facilitates two independent streams of dance, Irish Traditional Dance and Contemporary Dance. Although independent, interactivity between these two dance genres is facilitated in the form of shared workshops, seminars and electives. The programme offers advanced tuition in both forms of dance and is designed to cater for the creative and artistic needs of contemporary and Irish traditional dancers.Full course details
The MA in Ethnochoreology considers dance in its cultural context. The aim of the course is to provide a thorough grounding in the theory of, and methods in, ethnochoreology and to consider dance within its academic framework. It provides an invaluable foundation for those wishing to pursue dance research to doctoral level.Full course details
The MA in Ethnomusicology is a one-year full-time taught MA course that considers music in its cultural and social contexts. It engages with the study of Irish Traditional Music, Popular Music, World Music in both practical and academic modes. Course work emphasises the value of fieldwork coupled with a strong theoretical grounding. It supports both continued research and teaching at tertiary and secondary education levels, as well as having application in a variety of other institutional settings.Full course details
The MA Festive Arts offers a comprehensive programme of study embracing practical, scholarly and performance-based aspects of festival studies. Students will have the opportunity to apprentice with a festival towards the acquisition of skills related to festival coordination and design, as well as being introducing to methods for the study of festival, a survey of global festivity, and aspects of festival management.Full course details
This MA programme considers Irish dance practices within cultural, historical and practice-based perspectives. Students on the programme critically engage with relevant literature and dance practices and undertake field research in a relevant Irish dance study of their choice.Full course details
The MA in Irish Music Studies is intended for scholars and scholar-practitioners who wish to study Irish Music (traditional, folk, classical, popular and related genres) from critical, cultural, historical, ethno/musicological, and practice-based perspectives. The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance has been a leading centre for the study of Irish traditional music for some time. More recently, we have added expertise in other ‘Irish’ genres, encompassing practices and discourses within and beyond the island of Ireland, connecting to regional, national and global musical flows. This programme explores the structures, sounds, and ideas of what is constituted as ‘Irish music’, historically and currently, and why and how that might matter.Full course details
The MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance is designed to provide advanced tuition in the performance of Irish Traditional Music. Instrumental and vocal tuition is provided by a community of world-renowned traditional performers and tutors. Past tutors have included Frankie Gavin, Liam O'Flynn, Martin Hayes, Matt Cranitch, Michael McGoldrick amongst many others. Academic skills relating to the understanding and critical examination of repertoire, sources and styles of performance, as well as an examination of modern, vocational, non-performance skills such as music business and music technology, form an essential part of the programme content.Full course details
The MA in Music Therapy is a two-year full-time programme of study which prepares graduates for professional practice as a music therapist. The course requires a high level of music skill at entry allowing students to make the transition to the use of these music skills in therapeutic work with a range of client groups in different contexts.Full course details
The MA in Ritual Chant and Song is a programme in ritual vocal repertoires, contextualised by a programme of study in ritual theory and liturgical history. The programme specialises in vocal repertoires including Western plainchant and Irish traditional religious song, as well as a variety of world ritual vocal repertoires. Vocal development is facilitated through one-to-one, weekly vocal classes, as well as master-classes with internationally renowned performers. The programme is offered in association with the Benedictine community at Glenstal Abbey.Full course details
The Master of Arts in Songwriting is a one year, full-time postgraduate programme, which focuses on the artistic practice of songwriting with opportunities to perform and record work. The course is cognisant of the wide variety of approaches to songwriting that one might adopt and will not attempt to be a ‘how-to’. Rather, this is a space where students can explore and be exposed to a range of writing techniques, whilst having the dedicated time and resources to develop their own body of work. This will be through a combination of solo work and collaboration with a community of fellow songwriters with guidance from songwriting mentors.Full course details