Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)
Folk music--Ireland; Musicians--Training of;
The purpose of this thesis is to examine the topology of the field of Irish traditional folk music as it interacts with Western art music and musicians. In addition, it aims to educate classically trained musicians about the musical and emotional benefits of studying Irish traditional music. While scholarship about Irish traditional music abounds, I have yet to find any with a focus on helping classically trained musicians approach learning Irish traditional music in a way that is authentic and respectful to the tradition. Moreover, there is not enough scholarship enumerating the benefits of studying Irish traditional music to classically trained musicians. The community aspect and improvisatory spirit of Irish traditional music could benefit Western art musicians and combat the trends of burnout and perfectionism that are negatively impacting the field. The overall goal of this study is to encourage increased respect and dialogue between performers of Western art music and performers of Irish traditional music.
Year of Submission
School of Music
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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©2016 Hannah Carr-Murphy
Carr-Murphy, Hannah, "Craic in the concert hall: The benefits of playing Irish traditional music to the classically trained musician" (2016). Honors Program Theses. 235.