See below all the courses on offer in the Conservatoire



TU Dublin Conservatoire undergraduate degree programmes in music and drama.  Click on the left menu to find out more about each of them, and email if you have any questions.   

Our programmes are student-centred – they have been devised to ensure they are relevant to your needs and the needs of employers and society.  Our programmes allow you to specialize in classical and Irish traditional music performance, composition, musicology, music education, jazz, rock and pop, opera, drama and research. 



Performance        Composition         Pedagogy     Musicology

TU Dublin Conservatoire has a long tradition in the provision of performing arts education and artistic research, and its postgraduate programmes foster artistic, intellectual and creative development in performance, composition, pedagogy and musicology.

The Conservatory is home to The Research Foundation for Music in Irelandwhich promotes the dynamic musical life of Ireland. Given the centrality of music to Ireland’s culture, the Research Foundation advances the study and performance of music in Ireland to national and international audiences, to the scholarly community and to the music industry.

Students also benefit from being part of TU Dublin’s large research community through the Graduate Research School and collaborate with fellow artistic researchers at GradCAM: Graduate School for the Creative Arts and Media. 


Each student follows an individual practice-based artistic and research path, mentored by distinguished lecturers. The programmes are designed to ensure that graduates are well suited for careers in music performance, composition, creative and cultural industries, as well as in academia and research. 


Instrumental/Vocal 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
  • Percussion
  • Concert Harp, Irish Harp, Classical Guitar, Jazz Guitar
  • Singing, Advanced Vocal/Opera studies, Repetiteur 

All part-time instrumental and musicianship classes commence in September each year

Classes for Adults

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 be notified when we open please complete the register your interest 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 (1pm-2.30pm Tuesday) 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 (11.30am-1pm Tuesday) 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?
Anybody over 18 years of age

Do I need a musical background?
Allegro 1 is suited to beginners or those with some musical knowledge
Allegro 2 requires a minimum of 3 years musical experience.

Where are the classes held?
Classes are held at the 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 to Technological University Dublin.

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.

What I get certification?
The courses have been approved by TU Dublin Board and Academic Council for quality assurance.  They are LEVEL 6 on the NQF (National Qualification Framework) and have 5 ECTS credits.

For more information contact
Marian McRory:


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:

  • Jazz Ear Training
  • Jazz Harmony & Theory
  • Improvisation
  • Rhythm
  • Jazz Standard Songs
  • Transcription
  • Analysis of Solos
  • History of Jazz
  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Jazz Technique (general)

Learning Outcomes

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.

Class Details

Day/Time: Monday, 7pm

Duration: Semester 1 and 2

Venue: TU Dublin Grangegorman

Fee: €485 

How to Apply: 

Further Information

Kevin Hanafin, Head of Orchestral Studies,


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