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  • Folk and Traditional Music BA Honours

    UCAS code W344 3 Years Printed from the web page above on 03/01/2020

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    Folk and Traditional Music BA Honours UCAS code W344 3 Years

    Be part of a thriving, vibrant folk degree taught by multi-award winning staff and join our community of outstanding graduates.

    Performance and group playing is at the heart of this course, reflecting the essential folk practices of playing by ear, and playing music with others.

    Performance modules are enhanced by various applied and academic modules that create individual pathways through the degree, and reflect the diverse and exciting combination of research interests within the wider music department.

    National and International artists teach as regular and guest tutors and we have close ties with Sage Gateshead.

    Many of our students have gone on to develop high profile careers as performers, scholars, teachers and culture industry professionals.

    We also offer a number of Music Scholarships for new undergraduate students. Visit our Subject Scholarships pages for further information.

    Highlights of this degree What you will study This degree enables you to create your own pathways as you go through the programme of study. You can be as folk specific as you want, taking folk related modules throughout your degree, or you can expand your musical horizons and engage with the plethora of musical specialisms within the wider department. You'll study the social and cultural context of traditional and folk music and how music helps to construct identity and culture as a core part of your degree. Folk specific modules such as Traditions of these Islands and Research Methods: Folk Music Studies, will directly feed into your applied practice. As a student in the International Centre of Music Studies, you’ll also have the opportunity to enrich your studies by taking optional modules from across the varied music curriculum. You can study a range of disciplines from Indian Music or Salsa, to Hip Hop, Ethnomusicology or ballad studies. You can even be in a Baroque Opera, compose music based on environmental sound techniques, investigate folk music and gender, or study music technology in our state of the art recording studios.

    You can also choose to enhance your employability and develop career skills through modules in Music Enterprise and Student Placement for Education in the Community.

    See the Course Details for more information on what you will study.

    Your learning community Our main teaching staff includes:

    • Catriona Macdonald, Degree Programme Director • Shona Mooney, fiddle • Emily Portman and James Fagan, voice • Dr Simon McKerrell, Highland Bagpipes and Uilleann

    pipes • Kathryn Tickell, Northumbrian pipes and composition • Alistair Anderson and Sandra Kerr, concertina • Chris Newman, guitar • Laura Beth Salter, mandolin • Amy Thatcher, piano accordion and clog • Julian Sutton, Melodeon • Andy May, piano and Northumbrian pipes In addition to our regular tutors, we also invite many guest tutors on an annual basis. Recent tutors include:


    • Adam Sutherland • Jon Dipper • Duncan Chisholm • Nordic Fiddlers Bloc • Jenna Reid • Jon Boden Voice

    • Rachel Newton • Nancy Kerr • Aimee Leonard • Martin Simpson Highland bagpipes

    • Calum MacCrimmon Flute and whistle

    • Sam Partridge Piano accordion

    • Angus Lyon • Karen Tweed Piano

    • Timo Alakotila • Hamish Napier Clog

    • Jane Garbutt • Laura Connolly Recent concerts and workshops have been delivered by String Sisters (Liz Carroll, Annbjørg Lien, Catriona Macdonald, Emma Hardelin, Mairead ni Mhaonaigh and Liz Knowles), Andy Irvine, Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, Nae Plans and La Soustraction des Fleurs (The Subtraction of Flowers).

    Study Folk and Traditional Music at Newcastle University and you will not only become part of a community of outstanding tutors and students, but also part of our extended community of graduates and alumni including:

    • Rachel Newton

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    • Elephant Sessions • The Teacups • The Furrow Collective • Jim Causley • Dan Walsh • Pons Aelius • The Shee • Ross Couper and Tom Oakes • Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra • Rachel McShane (Bellowhead) • Niopha Keegan (The Unthanks) Many of our graduates return to Newcastle as guest tutors and performers in our professional Thursday afternoon concert series.

    Performance opportunities We maintain a strong partnership with Folkworks based at North East’s major concert venue Sage Gateshead, where you will have access to various concerts and workshop opportunities.

    On campus, many of our students take part in weekly performances in the King’s Hall.

    Find out more about performance opportunities at Newcastle University on the School website.

    Boost your employability with a work placement Apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so.

    You’ll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

    It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability, however it isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad.

    Find out more about Work Placements.

    Study abroad Amongst our wide range of international exchange institutions we have a number of universities and conservatories that specialise in folk and traditional music.

    Students wishing to add an international dimension to their degree can study abroad.

    You may opt to take an entire year abroad in a partner institution, taken between the second and final years. This comes with a reduced fee, and it extends your studies over four years, The Year Abroad is something that students who wish to focus on performance have benefitted greatly from.

    We have links with a number of universities and conservatoires in Europe, North America, South America and Australia. Some of the institutions offer folk specific strands, or folk elements in their music programmes. These institutions are marked below with an *.

    Europe • Berlin (Germany) – Humboldt-Universität

    • Copenhagen (Denmark) – Royal Danish Academy of Music

    • Dublin (Ireland) – Trinity College • Göteborg (Sweden) – University of Gothenburg* • Graz (Austria) – Kunstuniversität Graz • Helsinki (Finland) – Sibelius Academy* • Leuven (Belgium) – Katholieke Universiteit • Limerick (Ireland) – Irish World Academy of Music and

    Dance, University of Limerick* • Kristiansand (Norway) – University of Agder*  • Malmö (Sweden) – Malmö Academy of Music* • Odense (Denmark) – Syddansk Musikkonservatorium* • Oslo (Norway) – Norwegian Academy of Music* • Parma (Italy) – Conservatorio di Musica Arrigo Boito • Perugia (Italy) – Conservatorio di Musica di Perugia • Rostock (Germany) – Hochschule für Musik und Theater • Salamanca (Spain) – Conservatorio Superior de Música • Salzburg (Austria) – Universität Salzburg • Telemark University (Norway) – Rauland Academiet* • Utrecht (Netherlands) – Hogeschool voor de Kunsten


    North America • Dalhousie (Nova Scotia) – Dalhousie University • Montreal (Quebec) – McGill University • Montreal (Quebec) – Université de Montréal • Montreal (Quebec) – Concordia University • Waterloo (Ontario) – University of Waterloo • Burlington (Vermont) – University of Vermont • Indianapolis (Indiana) – Indiana University • Cape Bretan University (Sydney, Nova Scotia)* • Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) – University of Illinois

    Australia • Adelaide – University of Adelaide • Sydney – University of New South Wales While many of our partner institutions teach in English, some teach in their native language and you may take the appropriate language modules in Stages 1 and 2.

    Our partner institutions