Music Education / Oideachas Ceol

Location: Trinity College Dublin & RIAM 

Applicants must satisfy the Matriculation requirements of the University of Dublin (Trinity College) - course TR009. For details contact admissions@tcd.ie 

Important information

Students will be required to undergo Garda Vetting.  Students must complete the required documentation, including a full list of all previous addresses, in order for clearance checks to be made.  Currently Irish addresses are vetted by the Garda Vetting Bureau at no cost to the student. 

Applicants take a written test in March which is held in Trinity College.  Sample tests are available here.  If you are successful, you will be called for an audition and interview in April/May.

AUDITION PROCESS

Applicants will be required to play two contrasting pieces of their choice on their chosen instrument and to undertake a sight-reading/aural test. An accompanist will be provided but, as there is no rehearsal, applicants may prefer to bring their own. The examiners have the right to hear all or part of the two pieces presented for audition. There will also be a brief interview to demonstrate the applicant's suitability for teaching. The audition/interview will last approximately 15 minutes.

Piano Auditions

Please note that film music, transcriptions, arrangements, popular, rock, traditional Irish and jazz pieces are not accepted for the audition.

A high standard of performance is expected, generally minimum of Grade 8 or equivalent. 

Orchestral Instrument Auditions

Applicants must prepare two contrasting pieces from the classical repertoire of at least Grade 7 standard or equivalent.  A high standard of performance is expected.  Candidates may bring their own accompanist or have one provided upon request.  Please note that backing tracks are not permitted.

Vocal Auditions

Applicants are required to prepare two contrasting songs from the classical repertoire, with piano accompaniment – an accompanist will be provided.  Songs from recent musicals will not be accepted. Please note that backing tracks are not permitted. 

Traditional Music Auditions

Applicants are required to prepare two contrasting pieces, e.g. a dance tune and a song or slow air. 

Interview

The interview is intended to assess your suitability for entry to the programme.  You should be prepared to answer questions about your music studies, performance experience, and your interest in teaching as a career.  

For inforamtion about the dates of tests, please contact the Admissions department at Trinity College Dublin:  +353 (0)1 896 4444, admissions@tcd.ie.   

Further Information

Dr Marian Deasy
BMusEd Programme Chair
email:  marian.deasy@TUDublin.ie

The Bachelor in Music Education degree is designed to provide for the academic and professional requirements of those wishing to become music teachers at secondary school level (including Northern Ireland). If you enjoy music, already have a reasonable standard of performance, and wish to combine these qualities with a teaching career, then this course will be ideally suited to you. 

Please Note: Students registering on the programme in September 2021 and every two years thereafter (i.e. September 2023, September 2025) will study jointly at the TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) only, throughout the four-year programme. Students registering on the programme in September 2022 and every two years thereafter (i.e. September 2024, September 2026) will study jointly at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) only, throughout the four-year programme

Learning Outcomes - What will I Study?  

This four year programme will equip you with a high standard of performance in the instrument of your choice, as well as associated competences in related music skills, i.e. conducting, keyboard skills, counterpoint, composition, orchestration, analysis and history of music.  A fundamental feature of the course is personal development in music, instilling the ability to arouse the interest and enthusiasm of pupils. You will be encouraged to engage in ensemble work at a level appropriate to your ability. Opportunities to perform are provided, offering realistic goals for all, including the exceptionally gifted. Supervised practice in all aspects of classroom teaching is provided in addition to instrumental/vocal practice.

Entrance tests are normally held in March or April of the year of entry in TCD. Please visit https://www.tcd.ie/courses/ept/az/course.php?id=42 for more information. To access last year's entrance paper see: https://www.tcd.ie/Education/undergraduate/b-mus-ed/assets/BMusEd-2020-Entrance-Written-Paper-2020.pdf 

 

Are there study abroad options?  

There are opportunities for students to spend part of their studies abroad. Partnerships have been formed with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the Liszt Academy in Budapest and the Kódaly Institute in Kecskemét Hungary. 

Most graduates go on to teach, usually in schools, and some go into to instrumental teaching.  Graduates also go on to work in arts administration, libraries, music therapy, musicology, performance, and a range of other areas.

Music:

  • Individual Instrumental Tuition  
  • Aural Perception & Keyboard Skills  
  • Harmony & Counterpoint  
  • History of Music  
  • Irish Music  
  • Singing, Recorder, Guitar & Percussion  
  • Conducting  
  • Music Technology  
  • Ensemble Performance                      

¿Education:

  • Practice of Music Education
  • Teaching Practice  
  • Psychology of Education  
  • Philosophy of Education  
  • Sociology of Education  
  • Curriculum & Assessment 

Music:

  • Individual Instrumental Tuition  
  • Aural Perception & Keyboard Skills  
  • Harmony & Counterpoint  
  • History of Music  
  • Irish Music  
  • Singing, Recorder, Guitar & Percussion  
  • Conducting  
  • Music Technology  
  • Ensemble Performance                      

¿Education:

  • Practice of Music Education
  • Teaching Practice  
  • Psychology of Education  
  • Philosophy of Education  
  • Sociology of Education  
  • Curriculum & Assessment 

Music:

  • Individual Instrumental Tuition  
  • Aural Perception & Keyboard Skills  
  • Harmony & Counterpoint  
  • History of Music  
  • Irish Music  
  • Singing, Recorder, Guitar & Percussion  
  • Conducting  
  • Music Technology  
  • Ensemble Performance                      

¿Education:

  • Practice of Music Education
  • Teaching Practice  
  • Psychology of Education  
  • Philosophy of Education  
  • Sociology of Education  
  • Curriculum & Assessment 

Music:

  • Individual Instrumental Tuition  
  • Aural Perception & Keyboard Skills  
  • Harmony & Counterpoint  
  • History of Music  
  • Irish Music  
  • Singing, Recorder, Guitar & Percussion  
  • Conducting  
  • Music Technology  
  • Ensemble Performance                      

¿Education:

  • Practice of Music Education
  • Teaching Practice  
  • Psychology of Education  
  • Philosophy of Education  
  • Sociology of Education  
  • Curriculum & Assessment 

During my four years of study, I developed as both a performer and a teacher. The encouraging lecturers and teachers and the friendly classes in both TU Dublin and TCD made it such a positive and rewarding experience. The opportunities to perform both in ensembles and as a soloist, along with the teaching practice in a range of different schools gave me all the experience I needed to survive in the real world! 

Many students take postgraduate courses in related areas such as performance, music education, musicology or composition at TU Dublin Conservatory or other Higher Education Institutions.

TU Code

TU964/ TR009

Level

Level 8

Award

BMusEd (University of Dublin) Level 8

Duration

4 years

Number of Places

12

Location

City Centre

Fees

EU Fees

Non-EU Fees

Contact Us

Dr. Adrian Smith