Seinn sa GhĂ idhlig / Gaelic Song in Performance GAELIC4042

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course considers the rich variety of Gaelic song, song genres and presentation styles since the 17th century. The performance and presentation of Gaelic song is explored and then the course will prepare students to plan and present a Gaelic song performance to a live audience.


5 one-hour lectures per semester, 10 one hour tutorial sessions and 10 one hour practical workshop classes as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in Gaelic and may not run every year. Options running this year are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Celtic Studies, Gaelic and Music and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes.

All students will be interviewed prior to acceptance for the course as a willingness and ability to sing in public is a recommended requirement.

Excluded Courses





Essay (2,000 words) - 25%
Song recital of c. 30
mins - 50% with written critical reflection (1500 words) on choice of repertoire and performance - 20%
Class participation and preparation - 5%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ perform a repertoire of Gaelic songs from a range of Gaelic song genres

■ have an appreciation of the variety of Gaelic song styles

■ understand the varied forms of Gaelic song presentation from the 17th century to present day

■ encourage the development of transferable skills by fostering individual research, presentation and self-reflection initiatives

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Perform a recital of Gaelic songs in front of a live audience

■ Discuss critically the Gaelic song performance styles

■ Critically assess their repertoire choices and critically reflect on their song performances

■ Outline the most important genres of Scottish Gaelic song styles

■ Give a detailed account of the study of Scottish Gaelic song and performance styles

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.