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Music Education

B. Mus. Ed. (Hons) ; 4 years full-time ; 10 places ; CAO points: 455 (2018) ; CAO code: TR009

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  • Music Education 4 years full-timeClosing Date: 01/FEB/2020
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    Telephone Number

    +353 (0)1 896 1145

    lmchugh@tcd.ie

    Website

    https://www.tcd.ie/Education/undergraduate/b-mus-ed

    Course Fees

    Click here for a full list of postgraduate fees.

    What is Music Education?

    The Bachelor in Music Education provides for the academic, artistic and professional requirements of those wishing to become music teachers at secondary school level (including Northern Ireland). Not all graduates choose to teach however. Some, on graduation, pursue further study at master’s and doctoral levels in performance, conducting, and composition and quite a few pursue postgraduate courses in the media and in the music business.

    Graduates teach in the most vibrant and progressive music departments in schools in Ireland and abroad. Highly sought after for their academic and musicianship skills, graduates are also prominent in curricular design, in-service education and choral and instrumental leadership at national and international levels.

    The degree is taught in partnership with the Technical University of Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama and, on alternate years, with the Royal Irish Academy of Music. The degree is an integrated course of study designed to equip students with a high standard of performance in their principal instrument (including voice) and a competence in related musical skills e.g. conducting, keyboard skills, performance in choral, orchestral and chamber music groups. The course also provides for a solid grounding in harmony, counterpoint, composition, orchestration, analysis, history of music and Irish traditional music. 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, there are regular lectures in other musical traditions, including Irish traditional music, jazz, contemporary and popular music. Students registering for the course in September 2020 will study at Trinity and at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Drama.

    Music Education: The course for you?

    If you love sharing music, already have a competent standard of music performance, and wish to combine these qualities with a teaching career, then this course is ideally suited to you. Whether your interests are primarily academic or practical, your experience of this vast and rich discipline will be greatly advanced. As an academic study, music fosters independence of thought, creativity and critical and analytical skills. This course offers opportunities to perform music, to share your music with others in your teaching and performing and to conduct a number of different ensembles.

    Music Education at Trinity

    Trinity is the only university in Ireland which offers the Bachelor in Music Education degree. Current students study both music and education to honors degree level leading to a professional qualification in post-primary teaching which is accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland. One of the strengths of the Music Education course at Trinity is the commitment to individual and small group teaching. 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 DVDs. The staff at DIT and RIAM has a wide range of experience in vocal and instrumental music, composition, music technology and musicology. The staff at Trinity’s School of Education has a wide range of expertise in all aspects of education including educational research, the psychology of education, philosophy of education, sociology of education and music pedagogy. Students also have access to the largest research library in Ireland.

    Graduate skills and career opportunities

    Music Education is a professional degree accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland. Graduates have an excellent employment record. Most graduates choose post-primary teaching, many garnering reputations as inspirational music teachers; others choose instrumental teaching both privately and in conservatoires. Graduates also go on to work in areas such as professional development, instrumental and vocal performance, academia, agencies associated with the arts, and in fields such as music therapy and music technology. Many students take postgraduate courses majoring in areas such as music education, musicology, performance, and composition. Occasionally graduates pursue disciplines such as accountancy, law and medicine!

    Recent graduates are working in primary, post-primary and third-level teaching posts in Ireland, in countries throughout Europe, the USA, Dubai, China and Singapore as well as with international companies such as Google.

    Your degree and what you’ll study

    A basic feature of the course is personal development in music, supporting the ability to awaken the interest and enthusiasm of pupils. Students are encouraged to engage in ensemble work at a level appropriate to their ability. Opportunities to perform are provided, offering realistic individual goals for all, including the exceptionally gifted. Structured school placement in all aspects of classroom practice both at primary and post-primary levels is provided, as well as instrumental/vocal practice.

    In addition to individual instrumental/vocal tuition, there are approximately fifteen hours of lectures per week, comprising music and education.

    First year

    Instrumental Performance; Musicianship; Compositional Techniques; Music History; Music Education, including Co-teaching; Curricular Development

    Second year

    Instrumental Performance; Musicianship; Compositional Techniques; Music History; Music Education I; Music Education 2; Irish Educational History and Policy; School Placement

    Third year

    Instrumental Performance; Musicianship; Compositional Techniques; Music Education; Educational Philosophy and Theory; School Placement; Sociology of Education

    Fourth year

    Major Option*; Aural Perception; Compositional Techniques; Applied Psychology in Education; Introduction to Assessment and Examinations in Post Primary Education; School Placement; Inclusive Education; ICTS for Teaching and Learning

    * In Year 4, students may specialise in either music education research, composition or performance.

    Study abroad and internship opportunities

    The School of Education has strong links abroad, including active participation in the Erasmus exchange programme with universities in Scotland, France and Hungary. It allows second year students the option of spending one semester studying abroad. In addition, as already mentioned, the School has an excellent record of students going on to study at postgraduate level, in Ireland and abroad, and of graduates obtaining employment in Europe and in North America.

    Do you enjoy…

    • Performing, composing and sharing music?
    • Learning how to inspire others with your musicianship?
    • Exploring how to influence the next generation of musicians?

    What our graduates say

    Aoife Hiney

    “After B.Mus.Ed. graduation I taught for a few years, pursued a master’s course and eventually completed a PhD in Portugal. Currently, I am a post-doctorate research fellow at the University of Aviero. I conduct five choirs and I co-direct LABEAMUS (Laboratory for the Teaching and Learning of Music at UA). I am a member of the editorial board of IMPAR – Online Journal for Artistic Research.”

    Rachel Pearson

    “After studying the B.Mus.Ed. at Trinity I went to live in South Korea for a year where I taught English in a public primary school. After this, I moved to Vietnam to work in an International Kindergarten. Now I’m living on the Isle of Arran off the coast of Scotland, completing the final placement of a postgrad to become a primary teacher. My degree in Music Education has given me a huge advantage as music skills are something which many primary teachers are lacking in but are highly valued!”

    Lynsey Callaghan

    ‘I loved the B.Mus.Ed. and I was proud to be on the course. I didn’t fully understand how amazing the course is until now. It is so comprehensive and afforded me so many diverse experiences. I believe it is an all-encompassing music degree which produces musician-teachers, with both identities developed in tandem, something that I am only now beginning to fully appreciate. How amazingly lucky we all were to have been a part of this course.”

    Course Details

    Award

    B. Mus. Ed. (Hons)

    CAO Points Required

    455 (2018)

    Number of Places

    10

    CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

    TR009

    Minimum entry points required are 455 (2018)
    More information on minimum entry points

    Admission Requirements

    For general admission requirements please click here

    Students will be required to undergo Garda vetting.

    *Applicants are assessed on a music test and interview and on their Leaving Certificate Examination results.

    Course Fees

    Click here for a full list of postgraduate fees.

    Apply

    To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

    EU Applicants

    Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

    Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

    Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

    Non-EU Applicants

  • Music Education 4 years full-timeClosing Date: 01/FEB/2020
  • Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 (0)1 896 1145

    lmchugh@tcd.ie

    Website

    https://www.tcd.ie/Education/undergraduate/b-mus-ed