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University College Dublin, Ireland

Type of Program and Degrees Offered

Undergraduate and graduate curricula; M.Mus., M. Litt (research masters) and Ph.D. degree concentrations. Affiliated with the School of Music, School of Languages and Literature, and  the Clinton Institute for American Studies.

Program Focus

Irish traditional music, music of India, African American music, music and religion, music and identity, Death and Music (Requiem), Early Music, Musicology Criticism and Culture.

Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology

Dr. Jaime Jones (Ph.D. University of Chicago, USA, 2008), School of Music, Music of India, Music and Religion/Pilgrimage, Musical ‘Undergrounds’

Professor Thérèse Smith. (Ph.D., Brown University, USA, 1988) School of Music. African American Music, Irish Traditional Music, Song, Music and Identity.

General Program Statement

The study of musicology in UCD is a plural, dynamic and pioneering experience which attests to the research activities and initiatives promoted by individual members of the School of Music. UCD was the first Irish university to offer a taught Master’s degree in musicology (in 1992) and since that time the School’s reputation has been enhanced by the collective quality of its research and by its pro-active development of specific disciplines within the broader context of musicology. These include ethnomusicology, cultural history, analysis, and historical musicology. Research interests over the past ten years include African-American music, Austrian music, Asian music, Canadian music, French music, German music and Irish music. 

Following the School’s understanding of Musicology as a multi-stranded discipline, the Master’s degree in musicology operates two strands--ethnomusicology and musicology--and graduate students are encouraged, while specialising in one area, to take courses in the other.

The School of Music has been at the forefront of many initiatives in the development of musicology in Ireland for several years. Among these are: 
• The first series of books devoted to musicology in Ireland (1990)
• The first international musicological conference in the history of the state (with NUI Maynooth, 1995)
• The formation of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (2003)
• The first international music analysis conference in Ireland (2005)
• The formation of ICTM Ireland (2006)
• The first conference on Chinese music in the history of the state (2007)
• The first biennial conference on nineteenth century music to take place outside the UK (2008)
• Publication of The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland – the largest collective research project in music in the history of the state (2013)

Research projects with which the UCD School of Music is associated currently include:
• The Requiem in European Art Music
• Music and the Irish Literary Imagination (Oxford University Press)
• Irish Musical Studies (Four Courts Press)
• Anglo-Irish Song: the UCD Folksong Collection

Ph.D. topics currently being researched by students in the School include:
• Music, Worship, and Identity Enactment: the case of a Dublin-based Yoruba Church 
• The Music of Kevin O’Connell
• Country Music, Nostalgia, and Authenticity in Ireland
• Migrancy and Cultural Transformations: the Case of Cameroonian Grassfield Music in Ireland
• The Role of the European Violin in South Indian Music

The School has an excellent record in attracting research grants, especially since the inception of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Individual staff members have been awarded research fellowships; two of the School’s current Ph.D. students are IRCHSS doctoral fellows.

Further Information

Dr. Jaime Jones, Postgraduate, UCD School of Music, Newman Building, J301, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland. Phone: 353-1-716-8325/8178. Email: jaime.jones@ucd.ie

Undergraduate: Ms Anne Hallinane, UCD School of Music, Newman Building, J301, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland. Phone: 353-1-716-8178. Email: music@ucd.ie

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The content for University College Dublin, Ireland was last updated November 14, 2014.

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