Traveler Music Studies

University of Limerick

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Traveler Music Studies

  • Host University

    University of Limerick

  • Location

    Limerick, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Music (BA)

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Rationale and Purpose of the Module: 
    This module will examine the music traditions of nomadic communities immediate to the Irish experience (ie. Irish, Scottish travellers and Romany Gypsys) but in a wider European context. Students will engage these music cultures in a wide cultural and physical context annd develop an understanding of the contribution of these music cultures to those of the æso-calledÆ settled community. The inclusion of this module will contribute to the mainstreaming off this area to the curricular activities of the Irish World Academy of Performing Arts.

    Students will study the music traditions of Irish, Scottish travellers and Romany Gypsys. For these communities issues such as Ethnicity, origin, language and Nomadism will be addressed especially as they are manifest through the musical traditions of these communities. The module will also address the historical treatment of these traditions by collectors and musicologists. Case studies will be presented to contextuialise these issues addressing the role of the Irish travelling community in the piping, song and fiddle traditions of this island, the song tradition of the Scottish traveller community and its appearance in Ireland and the fusion of Gypsy music with other music cultures across Europe.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.