- Higher Diploma in Arts (Music)
- MA in Composition
- MA in Ethnomusicology
- MA in Music and Cultural History
- MPhil / PhD
- MRes - Master in Research
- PhD in Digital Arts and Humanities
- Research Students
- How to Apply
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MA in Music and Cultural History
An alternative to conventional postgraduate programmes in musicology, the one-year MA in Music and Cultural History draws on the diverse expertise of internationally renowned scholars to combine the very best of traditional and contemporary scholarly practice. Students are presented with the opportunity to acquire and develop core musicological skills, including research techniques and the critical editing of music. But they are also introduced to some of the most exciting developments in recent music scholarship, including explorations of politics, gender and sexuality in music; the interaction of music with other media; and the new links being formed between musicology and other disciplines like film studies, cultural studies and philosophy.
Performance Studies (15 credits)
Musicology and Text I and II (15 credits each)
Musicology and Theory (15 credits)
Dissertation (30 credits)
Situating the study of musical performance within the discourse of performance theory, this module will address issues of musical meaning, creativity and identity. Recent topics have included the anthropology and ethnography of performance, performance and media technology and gender and sexuality in performance.
Musicology and Text I and II
An introduction to musicological skills and practices, focusing on the methodologies musicologists have developed to interpret, contextualize and critically evaluate their primary texts: scores, recordings and writings about music. Students will be encouraged both to deepen their awareness of the historical and cultural contexts of selected case studies and to broaden their knowledge of relevant music repertoires. Recent case studies have included Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Handel’s Giulio Cesare and topics in the aesthetics of sound and music in European film. Musicology and Text II is co-taught with the MA in Film Studies.
Musicology and Theory
This module introduces students to the discipline of musicology by examining its engagement with key critical problems such as the cult of genius, the notion of the musical work and the construction of musical meaning. The emphasis will be on recent developments, on musicology’s relationship to other disciplines, and on the value of critical theory and cultural studies for contemporary musicology. Recent topics have included analysis of recorded music and explorations of intertextuality in Berio’s Sinfonia.
Through a programme of individual research under the direction of staff, students will explore a particular aspect of the subject, employ appropriate theoretical and methodological approaches, and present the findings in a dissertation. Recent topics include music after 9/11, opera simulcasts in the cinema, music in prison, dramaturgy in Handel’s Serse, Irishness in the score of The Quiet Man and identity politics in the music of Rory Gallagher.
Dr Christopher Morris (Course Coordinator)
BMus, MA (Toronto), PhD (Leeds), a musicologist specializing in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century music, cultural theory, digital media, opera and film music.
Dr Paul Everett
BMus (Sheffield), PhD (Liverpool), a musicologist specializing in music of the Baroque period (especially Vivaldi), the study of music manuscripts and critical editorial method.
Dr Danijela Kulezic-Wilson
BMus (Belgrade), PhD (Ulster), a musicologist specializing in comparative arts, film music and the musical poetics of film.
Dr Mel Mercier
BMus (UCC), MFA (California Institute of the Arts), PhD (Limerick), an ethnomusicologist specialising in Irish traditional music and African, Indian and Indonesian music. He is an internationally renowned performer and composer.
Dr Karen Desmond
BMus (UCC), MA, PhD (NYU), a musicologist specializing in treatises on music in the later Middle Ages, intersections between medieval music and the history of ideas and digital humanities.
Second Class Honours Grade 2, BA Degree, or equivalent, in Music.
The closing date for applications is 1 June. Applications may be made online at www.pac.ie using PAC course reference CKE79. Please refer to the application procedure outlined in the Postgraduate Prospectus.
Dr Christopher Morris
University College Cork
School of Music
Cork, Co. Cork
Phone: +353 21 4904530
Fax: +353 21 4212507
Further information is available from the UCC Postgraduate Prospectus at http://www.ucc.ie/en/CKE79.