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Institutional and social teaching, learning and performing of Irish traditional music in Ennis, County Clare 1961-1980

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dc.contributor.advisor Dillane, Aileen Cotter, Geraldine 2017-05-24T15:35:43Z 2017-05-24T15:35:43Z 2013
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Ennis, County Clare in the west of Ireland, is now considered to be one of the principal strongholds of traditional Irish music practice in the world. During the 1970s, traditional music practice became a ‘living tradition’, becoming increasingly relevant to Ennis musicians and to the life of the town in general. However, prior to 1961, music practice in the town appears to have been limited to a few musicians, many of whom had roots in rural areas. A history of unbroken effective teaching since then has contributed to this transformation. In this thesis, I address the emergence of the formalization of the transmission of traditional music through educational means i.e. the setting up of the first institutionally led class in 17/4/1961. I examine the conditions which led to it, looking at the ideological foundations which underpinned the introduction of this formal structure. I focus principally on the institutional bodies through which it occurred; namely the Clare Vocational Education Committee and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. This class was particularly significant in that it was the first such class for the teaching of traditional Irish dance music to be recognized by the Department of Education. Since then there has been a steady increase in the number and diversity of class contexts, to meet the demands of growing student numbers and changes in society. I trace the connections between it and subsequent classes in Ennis and its hinterland. Formal classes in the 1970s were primarily concerned with teaching the fundamentals of music theory and practice. I examine the pedagogic strategies employed by the teachers. In addition, as students progressed and became more accomplished in their instruments and their interest increased, it was inevitable that opportunities to perform would follow. I examine the music teachers roles, as bridge builders between the community and the classroom; and in facilitating learning by experiencing and taking part in a living tradition within the community, looking at the ways the formal classroom based learning of a tradition became a gateway for less formal experiential learning within the community. Therefore, focussing on both the formal and informal transmission of knowledge, I examine how, why and what type of musical knowledge was formally taught, and what knowledge was taken for granted. While opportunities to participate in established community practices could be anticipated, changing economic and social conditions, the emergence of cultural tourism, together with the growing numbers of musicians in Ennis, became a stimulus for the development of new performance contexts and practices, which in turn contributed to the reshaping of the identity of Ennis, from being a place largely devoid of traditional music to becoming a place internationally known and recognised as a major hub of the tradition. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject céilí bands en_US
dc.subject Irish traditional music en_US
dc.title Institutional and social teaching, learning and performing of Irish traditional music in Ennis, County Clare 1961-1980 en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/doctoralThesis en_US
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dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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