Module Identifier IR11120  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr William J Mahon  
Semester Intended for use in future years (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Course delivery Lecture   22 Hours.  
  Seminars / Tutorials   12 Hours.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Course Work: Final project (tape + 1500 word report) or 3000 word essay  60%
Semester Assessment2 Hours Assignment: 8 (short essay type) tutorial assignments (4 per semester)  40%

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this module:

1. On listening, you will be able to identify the provenance of traditional forms of music and describe the instruments used.
2. You will able to discuss the rhythmic, harmonic, and stylistic features of traditional music and song.

3.You will be able to describe ways in which traditional music and song are transmitted from generation to generation.

4. You will be able to discuss the social and political roles of 'traditional music' and its role in the formation of identity and national identity.

5. You will be able to discuss the poetic themes and structural features of traditional song.

6. You will be able to describe the relation between earlier musical forms and those current in traditional music.

7. You will be able to discuss the problems that such words as 'traditional' and 'Celtic' raise for our understanding of this music.

8. You will be able to discuss the importance of the publishing and recording industries, as well as the interaction between commercial concerns and music production.

Brief description

An introduction to the history, theory, and practice of 'traditional' music as it obtains in the Celtic-speaking countries.


This module is at CQFW Level 4