Maynooth University Department of Music

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Qualification : BACHELOR OF MUSIC DEGREE

Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH103

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 01 February 2019

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> Exciting and varied programme of practical, compositional and academic work.
> Studying Music at Maynooth offers unparalleled choice and expertise. Our programmes are designed to ensure a broad and firm grounding in practical, compositional and academic work, with expanded opportunities to specialise in areas that really interest you the most in your final year.
> In your third year, you have the option to specialise in performance, composition or musicology. Some of the modules available include ‘Jazz Styles in the USA’, ‘Music and Entrepreneurship’, ‘Opera in Context’ and ‘Music and Identity’. Students also join ensembles such as the Chamber Choir, Maynooth University Orchestra and the Traditional Music Ensemble.

Why choose this degree?
> Develop your performance skills through individual tuition and take an active part in one of the Department’s vocal or instrumental ensembles.
> Develop your creative potential through studies of electroacoustic composition, Irish traditional music, ethnomusicology, jazz and popular music, music therapy, the classical repertoire.
> Develop your critical and analytical skills through modules in analysis, musicology, and music history.

New – Entrance Scholarship for MH103 Music Applicant:
We are pleased to announce that we will be offering a new Entrance Scholarship for one entrant to MH103 Music commencing in September 2018.  The top scoring applicant, based on the MH103 written test, interview and audition, will be offered the scholarship of €1,000. The successful applicant will be informed when they receive their offer for MH103 through the CAO.

A year of study is 60 credits.

1st year

  • 45 credits of Music
  • Choose 1 other subject or Critical Skills from the 4 groups available (i.e. excluding groups 2 & 5)

2nd & 3rd year

  • Concentrate on Music only
Students may apply to study overseas after 2nd year (on Erasmus or Study Abroad) and graduate with a BA (International) after 4 years. See the International Studies website for details.

 

Course Duration: 3 years (BMus) or 4 years (BMus International)

Music teacher, choral director, church organist/director of music, music librarian, orchestral/session musician, composer/arranger;
Arts administration, multimedia, music industry, music journalism, music publicity and recording, radio production and presentation;
Management consultancy and information technology.
 
Postgraduate courses currently offered by the Department include:
MA in Composition, MA in Creative Music Technologies, MA in Musicology, MA in Irish Traditional Music
 
The BMus meets the Teaching Council’s Curricular Subject Requirements for Music (Post-Primary) for those applying for registration as post-primary teachers on/after 1 January 2017.
This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H7
English Yes O6 H7
Language Yes O6 H7
Math No N/A N/A
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

A mature student is 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time degrees the mature age is 21. As MH103 is a Restricted Course on the CAO, application must be made to the CAO by February 1st 2019. BMus applicants are invited to a Music Entrance Test on March 23rd 2019.
Candidates are shortlisted for interview and audition in early May on the basis of the Entrance Test.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate, at audition, a minimum of Grade 6 standard (ABRSM, RIAM, Trinity College London) on a standard orchestral instrument (excluding percussion), piano, organ, classical guitar, voice or saxophone, or a minimum of Grade 6 standard (Rockschool, Trinity College London) on bass, drums, vocals, keyboard or guitar (electric or acoustic). Traditional Irish instrumentalists and musical theatre vocalists of a comparable fluency are also invited to audition. Prospective students must complete a short entrance test of general musicianship. The audition involves the performance of a short unaccompanied piece on your proposed instrument or voice. Offers will be made to successful applicants in May, subject to students attaining matriculation requirements in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent examination.

Mature students must complete the CAO section for mature applicants fully, indicating clearly past or current studies, and outlining educational goals and objectives. Applicants are assessed on the basis of the information provided on their CAO application form. All questions should be answered in full.
 

Mature student applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for the written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2018 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

01 February 2019

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7 and O6/H7 in Irish, English, 3rd language. H5 Music or equivalent required. As MH103 is a Restricted Course on the CAO, applications must be made to the CAO by February 1st 2018. Applicants to the BMus are invited to a Music Entrance Test on March 23rd 2019. Candidates are shortlisted for interview and audition in early May on the basis of the Entrance Test.
 

New – Entrance Scholarship for MH103 Music Applicant:
We are pleased to announce that we will be offering a new Entrance Scholarship for one entrant to MH103 Music commencing in September 2018.  The top scoring applicant, based on the MH103 written test, interview and audition, will be offered the scholarship of €1,000. The successful applicant will be informed when they receive their offer for MH103 through the CAO. 

All BMus students:
All BMus students take individual tuition in their instrument or voice with an approved performance tutor. In the final year you have the chance to specialise in performance, composition or musicology. Group piano tuition is an option open to all levels from absolute beginner to advanced. Where possible, the Department of Music arranges instrumental/vocal tuition on campus. Students can also choose to have instrumental/vocal tuition (funded to a maximum amount by the Department) at either DIT or RIAM.
 
 
The Maynooth Education
Click here for details about 1st year optional Critical Skills courses and 2nd year optional Electives and degree pathways. 
 
HEAR and DARE
DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.
 
HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.
 

The application process depends on the type of applicant you are.

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7 and O6/H7 in Irish, English, 3rd language. H5 Music or equivalent required. As MH103 is a Restricted Course on the CAO, applications must be made to the CAO by February 1st 2019. Applicants to the BMus are invited to a Music Entrance Test on March 23rd 2019. Candidates are shortlisted for interview and audition in early May on the basis of the Entrance Test.

Sample of Music Test.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate, at audition, a minimum of Grade 6 standard (ABRSM, RIAM, Trinity College London) on a standard orchestral instrument (excluding percussion), piano, organ, classical guitar, voice or saxophone, or a minimum of Grade 6 standard (Rockschool, Trinity College London) on bass, drums, vocals, keyboard or guitar (electric or acoustic). Traditional Irish instrumentalists and musical theatre vocalists of a comparable fluency are also invited to audition. Prospective students must complete a short entrance test of general musicianship. The audition involves the performance of a short unaccompanied piece on your proposed instrument or voice. Please see further details on the Department of Music website (link below). Offers will be made to successful applicants in May, subject to students attaining matriculation requirements in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent examination.

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for the written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2019 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

 

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students

Click here for all information about how to apply.

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