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Music education

  • Course Type: Undergraduate
  • CAO Course Code: TR009
  • No. of Places: 15
  • Min Entry Points for 2014: 405 points
  • Duration: 4 Year(s) Full Time
  • Award: B. Mus. Ed.
  • Specific Entry Requirements: See requirements
  • Restricted Entry:

    This is a restricted entry course. Applications must be submitted by 1 February 2015.

    Applicants will be required to attend an entrance examination, provisionally scheduled for 28 March 2015.

    Specimen examination papers are available for download from the Music Department website:

    On the basis of the examination results, successful applicants will be called to attend for interview during April/May. Final selections are made at this point. Music performance will feature as one element of the interview.

  • Course Options:

    See also:

    TR002: Music
  • How to apply: See how to apply

Admission Requirements

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Course overview

The Bachelor in Music education degree is designed to provide for the academic and professional requirements of those wishing to become music teachers at secondary-school level (including Northern Ireland). The degree is taught in conjunction with the Dublin Institute of Technology, Conservatory of Music and Drama, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

This four-year programme will equip you with a high standard of instrumental/vocal performance, as well as with an associated competence in related music skills, i.e. conducting, keyboard skills and ensemble performance in choral, orchestral and chamber music groups. The course also provides for a solid grounding in harmony, counterpoint, composition, orchestration, analysis and the history of music. One of the strengths of the Music education course in Trinity is the commitment to individual and small-group teaching.

The majority of subjects are based on the traditions and practices of classical (or art) music, from the medieval period to the present day. However, the affiliated colleges regularly present lectures in other musical traditions, including Irish traditional music, jazz, contemporary and popular music. Students currently on the B.Mus.Ed. programme come primarily from either a classical or a traditional Irish music background. The School of Education has forged strong links with the Irish traditional music culture and with renowned musicians of this genre.

Did you know?

  • Trinity is the only university in Ireland where you have the opportunity to study a concurrent course of music and education leading to a professional qualification in post-primary teaching.

Is this the right course for you?

If you love performing music, already have an accomplished standard of music performance, and wish to combine these qualities with a teaching career, then this course will be ideally suited to you.

Whether your interests are primarily academic or practical, your experience of this vast and rich subject will be greatly advanced. As an academic discipline, music fosters independence of thought, creativity, critical and analytical skills, and intellectual awareness. You will also have plenty of opportunity to perform and conduct ensembles. The facilities in the associated colleges include recital rooms, practice rooms with pianos, music studios, excellent listening equipment, and a substantial lending collection of CDs and videos. The staff of the School of Education has a wide range of experience in all aspects of education including education research, the psychology of education, philosophy of education, sociology of education and music pedagogy.

As a student at Trinity you will have access to the largest research library in Ireland.

Course content

A basic feature of the course is personal development in music, supporting the ability to arouse the interest and enthusiasm of pupils. You will be encouraged to engage in ensemble work at a level appropriate to your own ability. Opportunities to perform are provided, offering realistic goals for all, including the exceptionally gifted. Supervised practice in all aspects of classroom teaching is provided, in addition to instrumental/vocal practice.

There are approximately fifteen hours of lectures per week, comprising music and education.

Modules Include

  • Instrumental/vocal performance - individual tuition
  • Aural perception and keyboard skills
  • Composition
  • History of music
  • Irish music
  • Practical musicianship
  • Conducting
  • Special repertoire class for main instrument
  • Music technology
  • Sociology of music and music education
  • Music education and school placement
  • Applied psychology in education
  • Educational philosophy and theory
  • Sociologies of education
  • Assessment and examinations in post-primary education
  • History of education
  • Educational issues
  • Research methods in education

In the Senior Sophister year, students study the pedagogy of a second subject e.g. English, Irish, Maths. While students will not be registered by the Teaching Council as teachers of the second subject, they may (at a school’s discretion) be permitted to teach the second subject up to Junior Certificate level.


A combination of continuous assessment, practical and written examinations and teaching practice makes up the assessment.

Study abroad

There are opportunities for students to spend part of their Junior Sophister (third) year studying abroad. Our partner Colleges are the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Kodaly Institute, Kecskemét, Hungary. We are negotiating a third partnership with The Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

Career opportunities

The Bachelor in Music education is a professional degree accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland. Graduates of the Bachelor in Music education have an excellent employment record. Most graduates go on to post-primary teaching, but some choose instrumental teaching both privately and in conservatoires. Others use the degree as a general arts qualification and go on to work in areas such as orchestral and vocal performance, academia, arts administration, library work, music therapy and music technology. Many students take postgraduate courses – either in related areas such as in music education, musicology, performance, or in a range of other areas including copyright law and publishing. Recent graduates are working in Ireland, in countries throughout Europe, and in the USA, China and Singapore.

Further information

Anyone considering studying Music education is welcome to visit the School of Education, to speak to members of staff, and to speak to current students. To make an appointment, contact the Music Education co-ordinator at +353 1 896 1145.


Specific Entry Requirements

GARDA VETTINGStudents will be required to undergo Garda vetting. See for further details.