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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 2018

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Performance, composition, music history (musicology) and the music of other cultures (ethnomusicology) are just a selection of different aspects of music you will study in the Music programme.
 
Studying Music at Maynooth offers unparalleled choice and expertise, from performance to computer programming, from ancient traditions to contemporary experience, from high art to heavy metal. 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’, ‘Popular Music Studies’, ‘Opera in Context’ and ‘Irish Traditional Music’. Students also join ensembles such as the Chamber Choir, Maynooth University Orchestra Guitar Ensemble and Traditional Music Ensemble.
 
Choose this degree if you are interested in
  • Exciting and varied programme of practical, compositional and academic work;
  • Irish traditional music, ethnomusicology, jazz and popular music, music therapy, the classical repertoire;
  • Developing your performance skills through individual tuition and taking an active part in one of the Department’s vocal or instrumental ensembles, such as the Chamber Choir, Maynooth University Orchestra, Guitar Ensemble, or Irish Traditional Ensemble;
  • Developing your creative potential through studies in traditional and electroacoustic composition.

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 Performance and Musicology
 
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 2018. BMus applicants are invited to a Music Test, audition and interview on March 25th 2018.Sample
test on the Department’s website. Candidates are shortlisted for interview on the basis of written assessment.
 
Applicants must be able to demonstrate, at audition, a minimum of Grade 6 (ABRSM) on a standard orchestral instrument, piano, organ, classical guitar or voice; traditional Irish instrumentaists of comparable fluency also considered. 
 
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 1 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 2018

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 2017. Applicants to the BMus are invited to a Music Test, audition and interview on March 25th 2017.
 
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.
 
New 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.

As MH103 is a Restricted Course on the CAO, applications must be made to the CAO by February 1st 2017. Applicants to the BMus are invited to a Music Test on March 25th 2017. Audition and interview may follow at a later date.

The audition involves the performance of a short unaccompanied piece on your proposed first-study instrument or voice, and should demonstrate an attainment of at least Grade 6 (ABRSM) or equivalent on a standard orchestral instrument (not including percussion), piano, organ, classical guitar or voice; traditional Irish instrumentalists of a comparable fluency will also be considered. Offers will be made to successful applicants in May, subject to students attaining matriculation requirements in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent examination.

As this is a restricted entry degree on the CAO, applicants must be able to demonstrate, at audition, a minimum of Grade 6 (ABRSM or RIAM) on a standard orchestral instrument (excluding percussion), piano, organ, classical guitar, saxophone or voice; traditional Irish instrumentalists 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 first-study 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.

Click here for a sample of the MH103 Music Entrance Test.

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 1 March 2017 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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