Masters degrees in Folk Music offer advanced study of traditional and revived forms of Folk Music and culture.
Taught MA and MMus (Master of Music) are typical for the field. Entry requirements normally include an appropriate undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Music or Performance Studies.
Depending on your interests, these courses may have a more practical or more theoretical focus. All disciplines do usually combine each form of study, identifying both academic and vocational approaches to Folk traditions.
Alongside an analysis of Folk traditions, you will also develop your performance skills through interpretation of performances and the composition of your own music. For example, you might cross-examine the social and cultural contexts of traditional folk music and reflect this through lyric writing. Or, you might explore how musical performance, such as ensemble, constructs identity and culture.
As well as becoming a traditional Folk Music performer, there are many other careers which you could undertake. These could include stage management for a variety of music shows and festivals, dance choreography, or even teaching.