MA Traditional Music of the British Isles (Distance Learning)


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  • The distance learning mode of delivery makes the course accessible to students outside Sheffield and to those who want to study part-time

  • Intensive residential weeks allow students to participate in lectures, practical workshops, individual tutorials and field trips

  • Online support through individual e-tutorials, group discussion forums and online study materials

  • Open to applicants without a first degree in Music who have appropriate musical experience

Traditional Music of the British Isles is intended for musicians, educators and enthusiasts who would like to know more about British and Irish traditional music and about ways of studying and understanding traditional music in its social and cultural context. Taking advantage of Sheffield’s position as a major hub of both English and ‘Celtic’ musical activity, and taught by academic staff who have both scholarly and practical expertise in British Isles traditions, the course combines short intensive ‘residentials’ in Sheffield with longer periods of internet-supported study when students can be anywhere in the world. The music and its associated culture is studied through practical methods such as fieldwork and direct participation in music-making as well as library research and theoretical interpretation. Students gain both a deeper knowledge of traditional music and a set of skills for discovering and communicating new knowledge about music.

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Student feedback:


“Excellent presentation of lectures, good facilities, very interesting modules!”


“[There is an] informal, constructive yet critical learning atmosphere, very good discussion and guidance”