Master of Arts in Songwriting Programme Launched at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance

In September 2017 the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance is introducing a new programme – Master of Arts in Songwriting.

This  one-year full time post-graduate course was initially suggested by the acclaimed author, Joseph O’Connor.

As Chair of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick, he noticed a gap for students who had a passion for songwriting. The Irish World Academy stepped in to help and developed this programme, in consultation with UL faculty, songwriters such as Mick Hanly, Julie Feeney and Pól Brennan and IMRO’s Director of Marketing and Membership, Keith Johnson.

The MA Songwriting is not a ‘How-To’ course. Rather, it offers the resources, space and time to songwriters who wish to hone their artistic practice.

With the support of songwriting mentors, students have access to a wide range of modules including media and technology for songwriters, tuition in accompanying instruments, music theory, and style and impact of songwriting. Students will create individual and collaborative work throughout the MA Songwriting, in writing, recording and performance. They will also work with visiting songwriters such as Duke Special, Chris Wood and Sive.

The Irish World Academy is currently receiving applications for this programme. For further information, see or contact Kathleen Turner:

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