BA World Music

BA World Music

Saturday, 1 February 2020, 5.00pm

***Apply via the CAO by 1 February***

Introduction: A Global View of Music

The BA World Music is a four-year, full-time undergraduate programme, open to students from all music backgrounds who wish to take a global view of music. Students taking this pathway study diverse music traditions from around the world, including the court music of Indonesia, popular musics of West Africa, classical musics of India, folk and Celtic musics of Europe, classical music of the Arab Middle East, and traditional musics of Canada and America.

The first year of the course is the common entry programme shared with all the pathways (Irish Music, Irish Dance, Contemporary Dance, Voice and World Music).  However you focus from the start of this first year is on your own performance practice and you will begin to learn to perform a range of world music styles, including Javanese gamelan, West African drumming and Indian classical music, and explore the histories and cultural contexts of these diverse global music practices. In addition, students taking the World Music pathway have the opportunity to develop their performance skills on their first instrument (including voice) and to deepen their academic knowledge of their ‘own’ music, be it traditional, popular or classical music.

World Class Teaching Staff and Facilities
The World Music pathway is taught by the Academy’s team of internationally renowned performers and scholars. Students also attend workshops, concerts and seminars presented by Irish and international visiting artists and academics. Lectures, ensemble classes, workshops, lessons and concerts take place in the Irish World Academy’s state-of-the-art studios, rehearsal rooms and performance spaces, and students have access to the Academy’s outstanding collection of world music instruments and cutting-edge music technology. Students taking the World Music pathway also share several core course modules with other students on the BA Performing Arts, including music theory, ethnomusicology, performance studies, ethnochoreology, and a range of vocational modules designed to prepare students for future careers.

New Artistic and Academic Horizons
In addition to their core modules, each year students choose from a large number of elective modules in dance and music, and other subjects outside of the performing arts. These elective modules offer students the opportunity to enhance their educational experience, and broaden their artistic and academic horizons. Elective options include a wide range of vocal and instrumental ensembles (from Academy choir to Irish traditional music ensemble), songwriting classes, lectures in country music, courses in choreography, North American percussive dance, Irish folklore and history, and various languages, including Irish.

Multiple Career Paths
The programme prepares students for many different career paths, including professional performance and teaching, further academic and performance studies, community arts practice, arts management and production, and various media roles.

Cooperative Education – Work Experience
In their 3rd year, Irish World Academy performing arts students go on ‘co-op’, a university-wide module specifically designed for undergraduates to engage in real-world, professional environments.   The Cooperative Education division, in consultation with the Academy, helps students to identify working opportunities in a variety of contexts, including arts management, education, performance, media and related fields.  Students are encouraged to set up their own six-month placements or to engage in split placements (ideally no more than two placements) in order to explore if their expectations for future careers match the experiences they have during the co-op period.  Faculty visits, pre- and post- co-op assessment skills, and final report help students to reflect upon the process, enabling them to critically evaluate their time off campus.


All Irish and EU applications (including mature applications) are processed by the CAO (  Applications from outside the European Union are processed by the international office of the University (

Students applying for first year of the programme and intending to graduate with the BA World Music need to apply for LM026BA Performing Arts

All enquiries in relation to admission of students should be addressed to the course director (details below) or:
Admissions Office
University of Limerick
tel : +353-61-202700
email : admissions [at] 


See further details at the link below.



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