Continuing Education Part-time Music
Instrumental Tuition & Musicianship Classes
The Conservatoire offers part-time students over the age of 18 the opportunity to take instrumental/vocal lessons in combination with an appropriate level of Musicianship tuition. Continuing Education students must have some performance experience in the instrument/voice – the Conservatoire does not accept adult beginners. All students can apply for a place in one of the Conservatoire’s many ensembles.
We offer instrumental and vocal tuition in the following disciplines:
- Piano, Organ, Harpsichord, Classical Accordion
- Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
- Flute, Oboe Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Recorder
- Trumpet, Cornet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
- Concert Harp, Irish Harp, Classical Guitar, Jazz Guitar
- Singing, Advanced Vocal/Opera studies, Repetiteur
General information & Fees for one to one tuition can be found here
As well as one-to-one instrumental/vocal tuition and musicianship classes, the Conservatoire offers two credit-rated modules for adult students:
- Allegro for Adults
- Jazz Improvisation
If you wish to register your interest complete the form here
Allegro for Adults - (Allegro module in BACCI Degree)
Both Allegro 1 and Allegro 2 are CPD (continuing professional development) courses. They are class-based one-year courses. On successful completion of the each course students will obtain certification. Both courses are at level 6 on the National Qualifications Framework and have 5 ECTS credits.
Allegro 1 - requires no previous musical experience. It covers foundation - intermediate level musicianship. The course has three components:
- Aural training – learning about rhythm and melody through singing
- Written skills/Theory – learning about keys, scales, intervals and chords and how to use them in a musical context.. Also some of the basics of composition will be covered.
- Listening – learning how to listen to music and develop an understanding of musical styles.
Allegro 2 - requires a minimum of 3 year musical experience. It has the three components of an all-round music education programme:
- Aural training – sight singing including two-part singing, canons and singing in harmony
- Composition– learning how to compose melodies with modulation, how to harmonize a melody or write a melody over figured bass. Introduction to counterpoint will be covered.
- Listening. – a range of musical styles from the Baroque to the modern period. Learning how to read/follow a musical score and understanding form in music
The courses are assessed on the basis of continuous assessment with an end-of-year exam. Both programmes will include optional attendance at concerts (NCH), trips to IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) or other arts events.
Frequently asked questions
Who can apply?
Persons over 18 years of age
Do I need a musical background?
- Allegro 1 is suited to beginners or those with basic musical knowledge
- Allegro 2 requires a minimum of 3 years musical experience.
Where are the classes held?
Classes are held in East Quad, TU Dublin Grangegorman
How long is the course?
Each course is one year over 2 academic semesters.
When does the next course commence?
Term 1: September-December.
Term 2: January-May
What is the cost?
€570 for the year
What is the time commitment?
One lecture per week: 1hour 30minutes duration.
How will I be assessed?
A combination of continuous assessment and end of year exams will be the basis of assessment.
Will I get a certification?
The courses have been approved by TU Dublin Academic Council for quality assurance. They are LEVEL 6 on the NQF (National Qualification Framework) and have 5 ECTS credits. On successful completion of the each course students will be awarded a certificate stating the above credits. These credits are recognised by the CAO for entry into third level education – just a point of information for those looking to pursue further studies
Jazz Improvisation NFQ Level 6 (5 ECTS credits)
This course introduces students with technical proficiency on their instrument/voice to the concept of jazz improvisation and performance. Students will be taught in an ensemble format, with an emphasis on self-directed preparation. Subjects covered include:
On completion of the course students will have:
- A knowledge and understanding of the practical application of jazz harmony and theory, improvisation and jazz techniques.
- A knowledge of the broad periods of the history of jazz and appropriate repertoire.
- A competency in performing selected jazz standards within ensemble settings.
- A competency in performing as part of an ensemble and understanding of the role of the students’ instrument/voice within a ensemble context.
On completion of the course, students will receive 5 ECTS at NFQ Level 6.
Day/Time: Monday, 7pm
Duration: Semester 1 and 2
Venue: TU Dublin Grangegorman
Kevin Hanafin, Head of Orchestral Studies, email@example.com