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Diploma in Irish Traditional Music

About This Course

Fact File

Course Outline

This is a one-year specialised course combining tuition in performance, history and cultural study of Irish traditional music. The course is designed for students who want to increase their proficiency and knowledge in Irish traditional music by taking a range of modules in this area taught by the Department of Music at UCC. The full-time course is taught throughout two semesters of the academic year (from September to May).

Course Details

You will take a range of Irish traditional music undergraduate lectures, seminars and performance categories selected from years 1 to 4 of the BA and BMus degrees. There are many different music courses offered in each category, and Diploma in ITM students can select the most relevant ones in consultation with the course coordinator.

Modules include:
• The Interpretation of Irish Traditional Music Repertoire
• Instrumental, Vocal and Irish Dance Tuition
• The Uilleann Pipes in Irish Traditional Music
• The Concept of Regional Styles in Irish traditional Music
• Irish Traditional Music Ensemble
• Changing Aesthetics in the Performance of Irish Traditional Music

Further details available at Diploma in Irish Traditional Music http://www.ucc.ie/calendar/arts/art016b.html

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Lectures / seminars

Course Practicalities

Students can expect between ten and twelve class-hours each week. In addition, students devote hours each week to rehearsals, individual practice, reading, and writing.

Assessment is by coursework, including essays/papers, presentations, and performance examinations. Full details of regulations governing Examinations for the course will be contained in the Marks and Standards Book, and for each module in the Book of Modules

The course is taught by a large team of professional musicians and specialists in the field of Irish traditional music, including:

Why Choose This Course

The Diploma in Irish Traditional Music is taught in an environment that is steeped in the richest history of traditional music found anywhere in the world. UCC is the first university in the world to include the study of Irish traditional music in its range of courses. Seán Ó Riada and Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin both taught in the Department of Music at UCC, and today, we boast a large staff of international experts in the area. In addition to Irish traditional music, the Department offers courses in a diverse range of music, including world music, jazz, popular music and classical music, making it one of the most innovative and inclusive music courses in Europe.

Skills and Careers Information

Graduates of the Diploma in Irish Traditional Music go on to careers as performers, teachers and scholars.


The minimum grade point average (GPA) requirement for admission to the programme is normally 3.0 out of 4.0

Fees and Costs


How Do I Apply

See Visiting US and Non-EU Students for how to apply.


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