I haven’t put to much thought into this but just something to distract me from my work day. I am noticing more and more in the USA and North America "Traditional Irish Musicians" playing around here and there at festivals and shows that include in their "BIO"s information about their degree’s in studying traditional music at universities and their various degrees in musical performance… and all about their trips or sabbaticals to Ireland to "study" the music etc…
I don’t quite remember the option to go to a University to study traditional music back when I was graduating high school, but maybe I missed the boat. Any way, I’m not sure I’d trade my struggles, joys, and experiences in learning traditional music from friends, family, and seeking out those who play in a traditional way… I could write an interesting resume!
I don’t have anything against this "scholarly" pursuit of music, but I know that it seems a little strange to me, but then again each person’s musical path is different.
Just wondering what others think? Are there really "degrees" and Universitys offering these things? How is this looked at in Ireland among traditional musicians? I understand that there are "workshps" and "schools" but musicians touting education like they would on a job resume to promote their Irish or other traditional music? Does anyone else find this odd? Keep in mind I’m not talking about those who learned from traditional musicians.