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Music / Ceol

DT501

What is... Music?      

The world-wide demand for the talents of Irish-trained musicians has never been more apparent. Alongside the iPod generation of musicians there is a strong desire for the talents of both classical and traditional vocalists and musicians. The Bachelor of Music full-time degree programme is designed to educate music students to a professional level as performers (both classical and Irish traditional). It also prepares students for careers as instrumental or vocal teachers, as composers and musicology graduates. 

All students are given the opportunity to showcase their talents by participating in a diverse programme of concerts, recitals and stage performances. 

What are my... Career Opportunities? 

Graduates may proceed to careers as soloists or group performers in the orchestral, vocal or Irish traditional fields or as composers or teachers in the public or private sector. A significant number of graduates have been accepted into prestigious postgraduate programmes at home and abroad.

What other options do I have after completion?

Students who have reached the appropriate honours standard may have access to a range of Masters programmes in DIT and elsewhere in Higher Education.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

This four-year 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; supporting musicianship. In years three and four, students choose a strand which enables them to concentrate on one of the following: Performance, Composition, Pedagogy, Irish Traditional Music or Musicology. 

Participation in ensembles is a core element in the programme. Ensembles include Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Choral Society, Chamber Choir, Opera Ensemble, Irish Traditional Music Ensemble, Big Band and Early Music Ensemble.  

Module Listing

Year One 

  • 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

Year Two

  • 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 

Year Three & Four 

Performance:  

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

Are there study abroad options?  

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

Further Information  

Conservatory of Music and Drama 

Dermot Dunne (Programme Chair)

E: Dermot.Dunne@dit.ie

T: (01) 402 7822

W: www.dit.ie/conservatory

What our Students say!

  • David Scott (Voice and Musicology Graduate): 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’.  
  • Norah Walsh (Keyboard and Composition Graduate): 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! 
  • Morgan Buckley (guitar graduate): 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