Bachelor of Music (Hons) (Level 8)
Field of Study
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MTU CSM recommends that Special Category Applicants apply by 1st February (5.15pm), however, applications will be accepted up to 1st May (5.15pm).
4 Years (8 Semesters)
This four-year programme leads to the award of an Honours BMus Degree. The course offered by the CSM differs fundamentally from those available elsewhere in the country in a number of ways. In particular, performance studies are an integrated feature throughout the course and students receive credit for them proportional to their level of ability and specialisation.
For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
meet the minimum entry requirements
Minimum Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. One of the subjects must be English or Irish. There is no specific Mathematics requirement. Grade F2 or higher in Foundation Level Mathematics is recognised as one of the subjects for entry.
Vetting is conducted by the National Vetting Bureau (formerly known as the Garda Central Vetting Unit). The National Vetting Bureau (NVB) helps to assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery.
Places on the course are allocated according to rank achieved as a result of the following assessment procedure.
This is a Restricted Access Course and all applicants must sit the MTU CSM BMus Honours Degree Course Entrance Test (provisionally scheduled to be held on Saturday, 9th April 2022).
The assessment comprises of an audition: performance of two contrasting pieces submitted by video and an entrance test paper that will be sent out via email. The exam paper tests students on rudiments, compositional techniques (harmony), aural skills and general musical knowledge. A sample of the Entrance Test written paper is available here, or upon request from The Administrator, CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork.
Each candidate who sits an Entrance Test is awarded up to a maximum of 600 points. Each standard candidate must achieve the minimum threshold of 276 points in the Entrance Test and must also meet the minimum Leaving Certificate entry requirement in order to be eligible for admission.
Note that Leaving Certificate exam points are not used to rank candidates.
Candidates are not allowed to defer the results of the Entrance Test.
Leaving Cert Subjects:
Helpful subject is Music, though not mandatory. All CAO applicants receive a sample Honours BMus Degree Course Entrance Test, you can also click on the links above, or request one by post from the CIT Cork School of Music’s Administrator, Union Quay, Cork, to check that you can meet the requirements of the practical, aural, and written elements.
MTU Cork School of Music
For information on Fees/Student Grants/Scholarships and Financial Assistance, please click here.
MTU CSM Website
MT 936 Course Location: MTU Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork.
This four-year programme leads to the award of an Honours BMus Degree. The course offered by the CSM differs fundamentally from those available elsewhere in the country in a number of ways. In particular, Performance Studies are an integrated feature throughout the course and students receive credit for them proportional to their level of ability and specialisation.
One of the attractions of this Honours Degree course is the nature of Years 1 and 2, which are best described respectively as “Foundation” and “Transition”. The carefully coordinated elements of the Year 1 course seeks to ensure that every student is subsequently able to fulfil their potential, whatever specialisations are chosen. During Year 2, the continuation of core studies is balanced by the introduction of elements that ensure students can make an informed decision about which subjects they would like to concentrate on during the third and fourth years.
Whilst these might prove to be Performance Studies, or Music in the Community, or Pedagogic (Music Teaching) Studies, or Music and Technology, or Music Therapy, it is equally possible to specialise in Applied Musicianship Skills and/or Music History. Students specialising in conducting and/or orchestration reap the benefits of multiple sessions with the CSM’s most senior performing groups, including the Fleischmann Choir, Symphony Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble.
There are three mandatory skill-based modules which are taken in each Semester. The remaining electives may be selected from a wide choice of modules: Community Music, Composition, Conducting, Counterpoint, Education, History, Music Technology, Music Therapy, Orchestration, Performance, and Research.
Instrumental tuition is delivered in one-to-one lessons according to best international practice. Other modules are delivered across a variety of labs, lectures, tutorials and workshops.
Potential professional performers can study with people who have played in and/or conducted professional orchestras, choirs and bands, are (or have been) members of professional chamber ensembles, and perform regularly as soloists. Aspiring teachers take courses in Pedagogic Studies that reflect the very best practices to be found in a School that has been at the forefront of music education for over 130 years. In addition, there is also coherent and meaningful provision for students whose interests and strengths lie in the fields of Applied Musicianship Studies (including Analysis, Conducting, Composition and Counterpoint) and/or Historical Studies. Staff of the CSM have blazed the trail for both Community Music and Music Therapy studies in Ireland, and the Music and Technology
Studies are enhanced by the unique availability of state-of-the- art digital equipment in the CSM and linkages with the BA (Honours) in Creative Digital Media offered by MTU Bishopstown Campus.
Suitably qualified graduates may apply either to undertake research (leading to the award of an MA and/or PhD), or to follow a Taught Master’s course in either
Do I need to have Leaving Certificate Music?
Leaving Certificate Music is not an admission requirement. This is a restricted access course, you need to pass an entrance test and then you will be placed on a ranked list based on your points from the entrance test.
Do I need to be able to read music?
Yes, you need to be able to read music notation to a reasonable standard.
Can I apply if I have never completed a grade exam?
It is not necessary to have actually completed grade examinations. The audition result is based on what the examination panel hear on the day.
Is there a late application facility?
Yes, all applications are accepted up to the 1st May (5.15pm). However, CSM would prefer if special category applicants would apply by the 1st February as there is extra documentation required with such applicants.
Can I use the CAO Change of Mind facility?
Yes, but only if you have applied through CAO before the 1st February and have been auditioned and assessed for the course.
Are there any other special requirements?
This is a Restricted Access course and all applicants must sit the entrance test. The provisional date for the entrance test is Saturday 9th April 2022.
Are past test papers available?
Yes, you can access them online: csm.mtu.ie/bmus-bachelor-of-music or request one by post from the CSM’s Administrator, Union Quay, Cork, to check that you can meet the requirements of the practical, aural, and written elements.
Can I defer the results of my entrance test from one year to the next?
Candidates are not allowed to defer the results of the entrance test.
Are there any scholarships available?
An entrance scholarship of €1,000 will be awarded to a first year BMus entrant based on their Entrance Test.
Colm is a Musical Director working primarily in theatre. He is currently the Musical Director on The Book of Mormon UK/International Tour, previous to which he worked as MD on the Shrek UK Tour, Assistant MD on the Wicked International Tour, and MD on one of the longest running productions in the world, Starlight Express, in Bochum, Germany. While undertaking the BMus degree at the CSM he studied piano with Gabriela Mayer and conducting with Alan Cutts. He also studied abroad during his third year through the Erasmus programme in Trieste, Italy, where he studied with Teresa Trevisan.
After graduation, he continued to train as a conductor and subsequently moved to the UK to work in musical theatre. An avid arranger and orchestrator, his scores have been performed in New York, London and across the world on tour.
MTU has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments, and exams.
For detailed module information, please click here
There are many employment opportunities for music graduates apart from the obvious ones of performing and teaching. This course also enables students to develop the skills necessary for a career as a music/arts administrator, music librarian, conductor of amateur bands/choirs/orchestras/musical shows, music animator, music publicist/promoter, and music editor.
However, taking an Honours Degree in music does not mean that a graduate is restricted to a music driven career for the rest of their life. In addition, a growing number of employers outside the specific music business favour music graduates because of the combination of intellectual training, digital skills, interpersonal sensitivity and greatly enhanced general response rates represented by a musical training.
CAO 1st Round:
Each candidate who sits an Entrance Test is awarded up to a maximum of 600 points. Each standard candidate must achieve the minimum threshold of 276 points in the Entrance Test and must also meet the minimum Leaving Certificate entry requirement in order to be eligible for admission. Note that Leaving Certificate exam points are not used to rank candidates
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