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Anyone can apply to become a student of the School.

 

Applications are accepted on the official application form during the months of March/April each year (the precise dates are published in the Calendar - the blue button on the right of the screen). Although late applications may be lodged, the number of applications always exceeds the number of places available and those submitted by the due date are given priority.


An Enrolment Information Booklet is available from the School and can be downloaded from HERE. It is vital that prospective students and their parents read this thoroughly – it not only details the specific requirements for each given instrument/voice and/or ensemble, but also explains clearly and concisely the age and stage in school a prospective student should be when applying to become a student of the School. In addition, Enrolment Information Sessions for prospective part-time students and their parents are organised during the first half of March every year.


Every child who is a “beginner” (i.e. has not already received instrumental tuition outside the School) is initially required to apply for a place in a Musicianship class or on the Windwise programme. The Windwise programme has been specifically designed to encourage students who think they might want to learn a wind [wood or brass] instrument when they are old enough by being able to follow an integrated musicianship and recorder programme.Both Musicianship and Windwise classes take place twice weekly for the first two years. Windwise students are automatically assigned to an appropriate Musicianship class on completion of the two-year programme. A er the rst two years Musicianship classes are held once a week (3 years for Junior Infant intake).See the Musicianship Tuition section on this page for more information.


Having completed at least one year in a Musicianship class or two years of the Windwise programme, and having attained the minimum age required, every child is eligible to apply for instrumental lessons. Every applicant is assessed by the relevant Department and ranked according to the result of the assessment and the result they achieve in the end-of-year Musicianship class tests. Instrumental lessons are then allocated according to the number of places available and the ranking achieved. It is important that everyone understands and accepts that very few instrumental places arise each year. Lists of private teachers recommended by the relevant Head of Department are always available from the School’s Public Office. Any student in a Musicianship class or on the Windwise programme who is not allocated an individual instrumental lessons will automatically proceed into the next year of the Junior Musicianship Programme if they are eligible to do so, and may re-apply the following March for instrumental tuition provided they have not passed the relevant age limit. An explained absence of more than 3 classes may result in discontinuation from the programme.


Applicants who are “non-beginners” (i.e. have already received instrumental/vocal tuition outside the School) will be considered on the basis of (i) a Departmental audition/examination, and (ii) the availability of a place. It is important that everyone understands and accepts that very few places arise each year. Successful applicants under the age of twelve years will also be required to join an appropriate Musicianship/Access class by submitting a completed application form to the School’s Public Office upon receiving confirmation of an allocated instrumental place.


Anyone interested in singing is initially encouraged to join the appropriate School choir because individual singing lessons are not offered to anyone under the age of 16.

Friday 10th March 2017



Schedule available from public office during February.

Application forms available for all part-time courses commencing in September 2017 from Monday 13th March to Friday 5th May (accepted from 9am)


 

Kindermusic is a one-year programme for children who will enter a Junior Infant class in Primary School in September 2018.


Kindermusic: K1

one 45-minute class per week

Attendance in each class with the child by an appropriate adult (ideally a parent or guardian) is required for K1 classes.


A child taking K1 does not have an automatic right to a place in the Junior Musicianship programme, or the right to apply for an instrumental place until they have completed at least one year of the Junior Musicianship programme.

All instrumental students of the School are required to complete the Junior Musicianship Programme and be successful in the relevant examinations at the end of each year.


Junior Musicianship Programme

Junior Infants entry: J1–J8

Years 1 to 3: two 45-min classes per week; thereafter one 60 min class.

 

Senior Infants entry: MX1–MX7 or S1–S7

Years 1 & 2: two 45-minute classes per week; thereafter one 60-minute class per week.

 

First Class entry: MP1–MP6

Years 1 & 2: two 45-minute classes per week; thereafter one 60-minute class per week.

 

Second Class entry upwards: M1–M5

Years 1 & 2: two 45-minute classes per week; thereafter one 60-minute class per week.

Senior Musicianship Programme

The four-year Senior Musicianship Programme is optional and entry is subject to a minimum achievement of 70% in all areas of the final examination of the Junior Musicianship Programme and class lecturer’s recommendation.

Senior Musicianship: SM1–SM4

One 60-minute class per week.

Windwise Programme

This is a special two year programme for children who are in Second to Fourth class in preparation for the study of a wind or brass instrument on completion of the programme.

Years 1 and 2: two 60-minute class per week.

Junior Certificate Music

Junior Certificate Music classes are available only to those who have successfully completed the Junior Musicianship Programme.


Leaving Certificate Music

Entry to the Leaving Certificate Music class is based on an assessment, and applicants must have completed SM3 prior to application.


Progress Reports

All students will receive a Progress Report during their first year of a Musicianship programme. This report will address the student’s ability to function in a group, as well as academic, application and attendance issues. Progress reports may also be issued to students other than those in their first year – e.g. to those who have changed programmes, or to those whose engagement with their study is in need of support. Progress reports are also issued to all students who are repeating a stage.


Progression

The minimum mark for progression to the next stage is 60% at Junior Musicianship level – with the exception of the final year of the Junior Musicianship Programme where a mark of 70% is required in each area of assessment for entry to Senior Musicianship. The minimum progression mark at Senior Musicianship level is 70%.


Appeals procedure

Appeals of Junior and Senior Musicianship examination results must be lodged in writing before 31 August with the Head of School who will review the result in consultation with the Head of the Department of Musicianship & Academic Studies, relevant Lecturer, and Examiners – or, in the case of the Senior Musicianship, the Senior Musicianship Course Board.

All instrumental students of the School are required to complete the Junior Musicianship Programme and be successful in the relevant examinations at the end of each year.


Lesson Durations

 

Junior Cycle Grades: Primary, 1 & 2

Normal lesson duration: 30 minutes per week

 

Intermediate Cycle Grades: 3, 4 & 5

Normal lesson duration: 30/45 minutes per week as appropriate

 

Senior Cycle Grades: 6, 7 & 8 Normal lesson duration:

30/45/60 minutes per week as appropriate

Junior Cycle

The School provides tuition for as many students as resources permit up to the end of the Junior Cycle.

The tuition offered during the Junior Cycle seeks to ensure that every student is provided with a firm foundation for their musical studies regardless of whether the School is in a position to offer any given student tuition at a higher level.


Intermediate Cycle

 

Access to the Intermediate Cycle requires:

  1. a mark of at least 80% in the School’s Grade 2 examination
  2. a satisfactory lecturer’s report
  3. a satisfactory performance in the relevant Musicianship classes (except where an exemption has been granted)
  4. the availability of a place

 

Students studying Suzuki violin/viola/cello in their Primary School must achieve a minimum of 80% in at least the School’s Grade 3 Examination by the end of 6th class to be eligible for lessons to continue when they move to their Secondary School.


Senior Cycle

Access to the Senior Cycle requires:

  1. a mark of at least 85% in the School’s Grade 5 examination
  2. a satisfactory lecturer’s report
  3. a satisfactory performance in the relevant Musicianship classes (except where an exemption has been granted)
  4. a satisfactory contribution to a designated CSM band/choir/orchestra
  5. the availability of a place

Progress Reports

All individual performance tuition lecturers issue Progress Reports every January and/or May that address progress, application and attendance. Students about whom lecturers report unsatisfactory progress, application or attendance may not be re-enrolled.


Performance Grade Examinations

Students who receive individual performance tuition are required to take the appropriate Cork School of Music Grade Examination at the end of each academic year. Students who, for any reason, do not sit a Grade Examination will be required to evidence progress by performing for the relevant Head of Department or his/her nominee before being allowed to re-enrol.

  • Examinations at the end of each cycle: normally by a panel of three examiners, one of whom is an External Moderator
  • All other grade examinations: normally by a panel of three internal examiners

Mark scheme for grade examinations

  • Technical & Repertory requirements: 85-90 marks
  • Sight-reading:10-15 marks
  • Total: 100 marks

Results classification for grade examinations

  • Pass: A total mark between 60 and 79
  • Pass with Credit: A total mark between 80 and 84
  • Pass with Merit: A total mark between 85 and 89
  • Pass with Distinction: A total mark of 90 or over

 

Certificates are issued to students in respect of the grade examinations held at the end of each cycle.


Criteria for Progression

A mark of 80% or above is normally required for progression from any grade to the next, with the exception of Grade VI, which requires a mark of 85% to have been achieved at Grade V.

A student who receives a mark between 70% and 79% in any grade is not automatically entitled to continue receiving lessons. The relevant Head of Department will facilitate such a student to continue studying in the School only if they are aware of a good Musicianship record, in receipt of a very positive recommendation from the lecturer concerned, and a place exists. The relevant Head of Department also reserves the right to require any student to repeat the grade.

A mark between 60% and 69% is regarded as a basic level of achievement, but does not evidence an ability to undertake the next grade. Lessons will be discontinued unless the relevant Head of Department is aware of extenuating circumstances, is aware of a good Musicianship record, is in receipt of a very positive recommendation from the lecturer concerned, and a place exists. The relevant Head of Department also reserves the right to require any student to repeat the grade.


Appeals procedure

Appeals of performance grade examination results must be lodged in writing before the second Friday in June  with the Director. The Director and/or Head of School will review the result in consultation with the relevant Head of Department, Lecturer and Examiners.

At present the School awards a Scholarship to every student who obtains a mark of 90 or over in an instrumental grade examination. The Scholarship covers 50% of the cost of the student’s relevant one-to-one lessons during the following year.

The School is proud of the range and standard of bands, choirs and orchestras that it provides, and regards the ensemble training and musical experience provided by these ensembles as critical to the proper development of all instrumental and vocal students.

The School wishes its students to appreciate that it is a privilege for them to be a member of an ensemble. Students are required to join one or more appropriate ensembles as advised by the relevant Head of Department.

One of the most important requirements of a musician - amateur or professional - is that they are reliable. To this end, once a student becomes a member of a School ensemble, s/he is required to attend rehearsals punctually and regularly.

Reliable participation in  School ensembles is taken into account when students are assessed for places in the Senior cycle (see Performance Tuition section on this page).


For more information on the varity of Performing Groups at CSM please visit HERE.

The School is also proud of the range and extent of opportunities it provides for its students and staff to perform in public.

It is absolutely vital that music students get to hear as much music as possible as well as having the opportunity to perform to properly constituted audiences.

It is recommended that parents set a good example by attending whenever possible, and encourage their children to learn through listening whilst supporting their peers.


Click HERE for further information on Recital Competitions


Click HERE for concert details

CIT Cork School of Music is a public building, incorporating a public restaurant

The CIT Cork School of Music is committed to creating a safe and healthy environment for the children with whom it works/interacts to ensure their safety and welfare at all times. CIT’s Child Protection Policy is available at http://www.cit.ie/contentfiles/policies/Child-Protection-Policy.pdf.


To help preserve the well being of fellow students and the staff, a student who is not well enough to attend school during the day should not attend music classes/lessons after school hours on the same day.

All students are asked to regard skin hygiene as of major importance. Apart from ensuring that hands are washed thoroughly immediately before every lesson, it is absolutely vital that every student and/or parent should inform their lecturer(s) immediately if they develop any sort of skin problem.

Students and/or their parents must inform their lecturer(s) if they are suffering from any sort of illness/allergy and/or are taking any medication. For example, it is particularly important that our lecturers know if a student suffers from asthma, diabetes, and/or epilepsy so that they can respond in an informed way to any event.

It is your responsibility to ensure that each lecturer is alerted to any hearing and/or sight problems and/or learning difficulties that might affect a student’s ability to respond in either a class or an individual lesson.

If a student suffers from what is termed an ‘officially notifiable illness’ naturally we must be informed.

Please rest assured that the School’s staff will treat all information in this regard confidentially.


Please be aware that it is the sole responsibility of parents/guardians to escort their children to and from studios/classrooms for lessons/classes.

Young children should be supervised at all times and should not use the lifts unless accompanied by an adult.

In accordance with Child Protection legislation, photography and/or audio/visual recording is strictly prohibited except where express permission has been given by a parent/guardian and lecturer.

Running, climbing, heelies and scooters are not permitted in the building.

Apart from bottled water, eating and drinking are not permitted other than in the public areas of the Ground Floor Concourse.

Chewing gum is not permitted anywhere in the building.

All students must take responsibility for their own belongings and instruments and be mindful of the hazards they may present to others.

The HelpDesk is situated on the Ground Floor by the Main Staircase. All children should be aware of its location and use it as a first point of contact in case of any difficulty.

Semester Timeline

Date

May Mon 8

Degree Assessments & Examinations

Jun Tue 6

MEBs

Jun Tue 20

Academic Year finishes

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Semester Timeline

Date

May Mon 22

Musicianship Exams

Jun Sat 10

Individual lessons for part-time students finish

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Competitions