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Bachelor in Music Education (B.Mus.Ed.)


Handbook Handbook 2016 - 2017 [PDF]




The degree of Bachelor in Music Education is a professional degree of the University of Dublin, which is intended to provide for the academic and professional requirements of those wishing to become teachers of music in post-primary schools. The course is provided by the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin in association with DIT and RIAM. In alternating years students will be admitted to the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and the Royal Irish Academy of Music with each group being full students of Trinity College, Dublin. The college of intake in September 2017 is DIT.

The degree is an integrated course of study designed to equip students with a high standard of performance in their principal study and an associated competence in related musical skills e.g. conducting, keyboard skills, performance in choral, orchestral and chamber music groups, all of which are taught by either the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama or the Royal Irish Academy of Music. The course also provides for a solid grounding in harmony, counterpoint, composition, orchestration, analysis, history of music and Irish traditional music. 

Students will study the following educational course components provided by the School of Education in Trinity College, the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and the Royal Irish Academy of Music: the philosophy of education; educational issues; the sociology of education; research methodology; history of education; the sociology of music and music education; educational psychology; curriculum assessment; the practice of music education and teaching practice.  An honors degree of B.Mus.Ed is awarded at the end of the fourth year.  The course is intended to provide for the academic and professional requirements for post-primart teachers of music.  Graduates of the course are recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland.

Further information on the degree of Bachelor in Music Education | PowerPoint slides[PDF]

Course Content

The following is a summary of the modular courses of the degree:

Junior Freshman

  • Instrumental Performance
  • Musicianship
  • Compositional Techniques
  • Music History
  • Music Education
  • Curricular Development

Senior Freshman

  • Instrumental Performance
  • Musicianship
  • Compositional techniques
  • Music History
  • Music Education I
  • Music Education 2
  • Irish Education History & Policy
  • School Placement

Junior Sophister

  • Instrumental Performance
  • Musicianship
  • Compositional Techniques
  • Irish Education History & Policy
  • Music Education
  • Philosophy in Education
  • School Placement

Study Abroad

The School of Education has strong links abroad, including active participation in the Erasmus exchange programme with universities in Scotland and Hungary. This allows students the option of spending one semester studying abroad. In addition, the school has an excellent record of students going on to study at postgraduate level, in Ireland and abroad, and of graduates who have obtained employment in Europe and in North America.

Senior Sophister

  • Major Option
  • Aural Perception
  • Compositional Techniques
  • Applied Psychology in Education
  • Introduction to Assessment & Examinations in Post Primary Education
  • School Placement

Teaching Terms

Lectures in Trinity College will follow the teaching terms as set out in the University Calendar. School placement and instrumental teaching will be within the term structure for the Royal Irish Academy of Music and DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Academic Progress and Examinations

To advance with their class, students must:

(a) attend satisfactorily the lectures given in the subjects of their course each term as required by the University Council and the course committee,

(b) perform the prescribed exercises (essay, tutorial or practical work), and

(c) pass, in accordance with the course regulations, the prescribed examinations.

The evaluation of work for the degree involves a combination of continuous assessment, examinations and teaching practice.  In order to advance with their class, students must satisfactorily complete the assignments of the year and pass the required examinations.  The annual examinations are held in January and in May/June of each year.  Candidates who are unsuccessful at the annual examinations will be granted a supplemental examination.

Successful candidates for the B.Mus.Ed. (honors) degree examination have their names placed in three classes according to merit, first class honors, second class honors (with two divisions, first and second), and third class honors.

Students who have passed the Junior Sophister examinations may have the ordinary degree of B.A. conferred if they do not choose to proceed to the Senior Sophister year.  Except by special permission of the University Council, on the recommendation of the court of examiners, the ordinary degree of B.A. may be conferred only on candidates who have spent at least three years in the University.  Students will be informed of the method of assessment for each course at the beginning of each year.

The ECTs equivalent for each of the four years of the course is 60 credits. 


Applications for admission from E.U. applicants should be made to the Central Applications Office (C.A.O.), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway.  Applications are referred to the C.A.O. handbook for details of application dates and procedures.  Applications for admission from non-EU who are interested in applying for Music Education can find further information, and the link to apply can be found HERE by 1st February of year of proposed entry. 

Bachelor of Music is a restricted entry course, therefore, applications must be submitted to the CAO by 1st February of the proposed year of entry. You will be called for an entrance test April 1st 2017. This will include a simple harmony paper, an ear test, a paper on general musical knowledge and background and an essay paper. On the basis of the entrance test results, successful applicants will be called for audition/interview in late April/early May when the final selections will be made. Applicants will be required to play two contrasting pieces of their choice on their chosen instrument and to undertake a sight-reading 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.

Admission to Bachelor in Music Education TR009 [PDF]. The following document is a link to the Music Education Entrance Entrance Examination Paper 2014 [PDF].

Foundation Scholarship Form >>>PDF

Applications to sit this examination must be submitted online to the Examinations and Assessment Team in the Academic Registry using the following link: 2017 Foundation Scholarship Application Form. No applications will be accepted after this date/time. Applicants must be fully registered for their course of study in the current academic year by the application closing date. Please find past papers HERE.


Latest News

Music Recital

A special recital took place in the Common Room under the guidance of music coordinator Ms Marita Kerin, Trinity College Dublin on Thursday 28th April as part of the Arts Education Research Group (AERG) - School of Education TCD.

Seven Senior Sophister students from the Bachelor in Music Education, our four-year degree course which develops the duel identity of teacher and performer presented a selection from their final year performance programme.


Jessica Sinclair, Recorder | Naoise Dack, Violin | Sophie O'Carroll, Voice | Rachel Duffy, Harp | Cara Bannigan, Voice | Hayley O'Sullivan, Flute | Caroline Richards, Choral Conducting.

28th April 2016

Turn the volume up!

Recent graduate of Bachelor in Music Education Luke Duffy, a Dublin based composer and arranger has been keenly pursuing his compositional interest since he finished his Bachelor in Music Education degree in Trinity College. Having specialised in composition in his final year, Luke went on to complete a masters in Music Composition from Trinity College Dublin. At the moment, Luke is working on further releases with Variant Sea with Shell Dooley's multi-layered guitars, an ‎ambient post-rock duo from Dublin. All sounds heard have been made with Luke's melodic piano paired with Shell Dooley's multi-layered guitars.



Bemused? choir performing in The Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

Last updated 13 March 2017