Music / Ceol

Programme Title: Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Music

2021 CAO Points 364*

RESTRICTED PROGRAMME

*This includes score from audition / Interview (maximum score 100)

Leaving Cert
Minimum Number of

Subjects

Higher

6

 2H5s

Minimum Grade in

Maths

English OR Irish

O6/H7

O6/H7

Other Grade Requirements
Applicants must attend an audition/interview 

QQI Level 5/6 Applicants are welcome.  Further details at QQI Level 5/6 Award Applicants  

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at Mature Applicants

All applicants for these courses are required to attend an audition/interview. Precise information on dates and times of when to to attend a test/audition/interview will be notified directly to each applicant. Due to the large number of applicants and the difficulties in scheduling, applicants should be prepared to attend for assessments at short notice. We cannot make special arrangements for those who do not respond to, or are not available to deal with correspondence in respect of tests / auditions or interviews.
 
Auditions take place on our Grangegorman campus. All students who apply through CAO by Feb 1 2022 will be advised of their audition date, time and room number in early March 2022.

The audition will usually comprise the performance of two contrasting pieces and may include sight-reading and scales (see detailed requirements below) and a short interview.  The Audition Panel reserves the right to halt a performance when it has heard enough to form a judgement.  Candidates should be approximately Grade 7/8 standard or higher on an instrument or voice. The interview is intended to assess your suitability for entry to the programme.  You should be prepared to answer questions about your music studies, your experience of performing and your career aspirations.

Following a successful audition, you be invited to attend a two hour written and aural test.  View a sample of the BMus Sample Entrance Test.

There’s worldwide demand for the talents of Irish-trained musicians – both classical and traditional vocalists and musicians. This full-time degree programme will prepare you for a career as an instrumental or vocal performer, teacher, composer or musicologist.

The programme places a major emphasis on performance, combined with supporting academic study. Areas studied include composition techniques; history of music; aural training; an introduction to education studies; music technology, and supporting musicianship. In Years 3 and 4, you can concentrate on one of the following: Performance, Composition, Pedagogy, Irish Traditional Music, or Musicology. 

You will have opportunities to showcase your talents by participating in a diverse programme of concerts, recitals and stage performances. A core element in the programme is participation in ensembles, including: Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Choral Society, Chamber Choir, Opera Ensemble, Irish Traditional Music Ensemble, Big Band and Early Music Ensemble.  

Study Abroad Opportunities

Exchange opportunities are offered on a competitive basis. We have links with European and US institutions, including Columbia College Chicago, Ryerson University in Toronto, Metropolia University in Helsinki, the Liszt Academy in Budapest, and the Kódaly Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary.

  • Musician
  • Composer
  • Musicologist
  • Teacher 
  • Performance Studies
  • Composition Techniques
  • History of Music
  • Aural Awareness and Analysis
  • Introductory Module in Irish Music
  • Music Technology
  • Supporting Musicianship (classical) or Studies in Irish Traditional Music: Style and Repertoire (traditional)
  • Ensemble
  • Performance Studies
  • Composition Techniques
  • History of Music
  • Aural Awareness and Analysis
  • Education Studies
  • Supporting Musicianship (classical) or Studies in Irish Traditional Music: Style and Repertoire (traditional)
  • Ensemble

Performance:

  • Performance Studies
  • Analysis
  • Studies in Music History and Performance Practice
  • Special Studies
  • Studies in World Music Cultures
  • Ensemble

Composition:

  • Composition Studies
  • Portfolio of Works
  • Analysis
  • Studies in Music History and Performance Practice
  • Ensemble

Pedagogy:

  • Performance Studies
  • Education Studies, Analysis
  • Studies in Music History and Performance Practice
  • Studies in World Music Cultures
  • Special Studies
  • Ensemble

Irish Traditional Music Studies:

  • Performance Studies
  • Studies in ITM
  • Early Music Ensemble
  • Special Studies
  • Studies in World Music Cultures
  • Ensemble

Musicology:

  • Research Project
  • Historical Music Studies
  • Performance Studies
  • Studies in Music History and Performance Practice
  • Studies in World Music Cultures
  • Ensemble

 

Performance:

  • Performance Studies
  • Studies in Music History and Performance Practice
  • Special Studies
  • Studies in World Music Cultures
  • Dissertation
  • Ensemble

Composition:

  • Composition Studies
  • Portfolio of Works
  • Studies in Music History and Performance Practice
  • Ensemble

Pedagogy:

  • Performance Studies
  • Education Studies
  • Studies in Music History and Performance Practice
  • Studies in World Music Cultures
  • Special Studies
  • Dissertation
  • Ensemble

Irish Traditional Music Studies:

  • Performance Studies
  • Studies in ITM
  • Early Music Ensemble
  • Special Studies
  • Studies in World Music Cultures
  • Dissertation
  • Ensemble

Musicology:

  • Research Project
  • Historical Music Studies
  • Performance Studies
  • Studies in Music History and Performance Practice
  • Studies in World Music Cultures
  • Ensemble

 

By doing the BMUS, not only did I receive intense one-to-one coaching to improve my singing, the academic facilities allowed me to comprehensively research areas of particular interest to me, to the extent that my final-year thesis on contemporary opera was chosen as the best undergraduate musicology dissertation in Ireland by the Council of the Heads of Music in Higher Education.
The BMus in Performance is both a challenging and enjoyable course, combining competitive performance experience with a careful balance of musicianship and practical skills. What an enlightening four years!
There is a great atmosphere at the college with a friendly community between students and staff. Thanks to having access to some of Ireland’s leading musicians, I have now completed the first year of the Master of Music programme in performance at the Royal College of Music in London.

On graduation, you may proceed to postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc, MPhil or PhD at research institutes and universities worldwide.

TU Code

TU963

Level

Level 8

Award

Bachelor of Music

Duration

4 years

Number of Places

37

Location

City Centre: Grangegorman

Fees

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