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CAO now open for 2021-22

Apply for Bachelor of Music Hons (BMus) using code MT936



All qualified UK & EU applicants welcome and will enjoy EU fees of approx €3000 per annum apply to

U.S. and non-eu applicants also very welcome and will pay tuition fees of approx €12,000 per annum

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Due to the school closure, Auditions will take place by video. Exam papers will be sent by email.

Further information - contact OR phone +353 21 4807310



Complete documentation of course outcomes, schedules and detailed module content available here.

This is a restricted access course and the Leaving Certificate requirement is, at least, six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. One of the subjects must be English or Irish.

Note 1: There is no specific Mathematics requirement. Grade F2 or higher in Foundation Level Mathematics is recognised as one of the subjects for entry.

Note 2: This is a Restricted Access Course and all applicants must attend an assessment as notified

Note 3: In addition to the Irish Leaving Cert, academic qualification can be reckoned from UK A-Levels and similar European and International examinations.  Those holding relevant FETAC level 5/6 qualifications can also be considered - as can mature candidates 23 or older.




Places on the course are allocated according to rank achieved as a result of the following assessment procedure.

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. For details on the auditon, please click here. The exam paper tests students on rudiments, compositional techniques (harmony), aural skills and general musical knowledge. To view a sample exam paper, click here.

  • Classical Music candidates should present 2 contrasting pieces followed by major and minor scales on 2 key centres of own choice
  • Classical Singers should present 3 to 4 songs in classical style - one may be a folk song
  • Traditional Irish Music candidates should present 4 contrasting pieces of which one should be a slow air and one a reel
  • Jazz candidates should present  3 contrasting pieces showing a variety of styles and some improvisation.





Why should I choose MTU Cork School of Music?

  • A full-time four-year course at a state-of-the-art facility
  • Being part of a vibrant, creative community of students involved in performing arts activity
  • Each student has one-to-one expert instrumental tuition on-site throughout their studies as well as masterclasses with international artists
  • Possibility to develop second instrument studies
  • Development of other performance styles
  • Mentoring opportunities with professional ensembles such as National Symphony Orches, RTÉCO and the Band of the 1st Brigade.
  • Membership of award-winning CSM ensembles
  • Erasmus exchange opportunities
  • Preparation for a career after college
  • Wide range of specialisms – this is a personalised programme
  • Recognised by the Teaching Council
  • Highly acceptable for entry to any Post-graduate course internationally



What about MTU and Cork City?

  • Cork City is renowned for its social and cultural life.
  • MTU has a fantastic sports campus and many of its teams are prominent in national competitions.
  • MTU’s societies are thriving and promote a vast array of activities throughout the College. The Trad Society and Musical Society are located in CSM.
  • All students are encouraged to undertake extra-curricular activities and interact with the wide variety of ensembles and learning opportunities available in the school.


What will I be studying during my BMus?

Performance is at the core of the BMus programme at MTU Cork School of Music. Students receive weekly one-to-one lessons and perform in ensembles such as the CSM Symphony Orchestra and receive chamber music instruction also. Performance studies are supported by academic study in compositional techniques, history of music, aural training, Irish traditional music and music technology.


Do I have to be able to read music and play an instrument?

We expect that anyone applying for the BMus Hons degree is proficient as either a vocalist or instrumentalist (Irish traditional/Classical/Jazz) and that you have experience reading music. Leaving Certificate Music is not a requirement.



Is there an audition/entrance test?

The audition material requires recording a performance of contrasting pieces and can be submitted in one of three styles – Classical/ Jazz/ Irish Traditional Music. A selection of scales may be asked for certain instruments (see detailed requirements here). The online application will contain space for a personal statement, where you can include details about your previous musical studies, your performance experience and your career aspirations.

The written test will assess your knowledge and understanding of musical rudiments, and your aural perception. A sample paper can be found here

Each candidate who sits an Entrance Test is awarded up to a maximum of 600 points that are used to rank applicants for CAO offers. 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.



What Leaving Certificate subjects/grades are required for entry?

To enter the BMus Hons degree in CSM, Leaving Certificate in six subjects is required: 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. There is no specific foreign language requirement. Leaving Certificate Music is not required for entry but can prove beneficial.


What electives can I specialise in?

Students can choose from a wide variety of elective modules depending on their future career path. Modules include Specialised Performance Studies, Instrumental/Classroom Teaching, Music Technology, Composition, Music History, Conducting and Orchestration, Music Therapy, Community Music with many more, which can all be found here.



Can I go abroad to study during my BMus?

You can choose to spend part of your studies abroad.  Partnerships have been formed with many high-profile conservatoires in Europe. More information can be found here.


What career opportunities are available to me?

Many graduates will develop careers as professional performers in various ensemble settings, freelance musicians, ensemble leaders and conductors, instrumental/vocal teachers, musicologists, researchers, journalists, and arts administrators. Many students go on to postgraduate study in performance, education, musicology or composition.


Does the BMus Hons degree in CSM qualify me to teach music in secondary schools?

The BMus Hons course satisfies the entry requirements for a Professional Masters in Music Education, which will then qualify you to teach secondary school music recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland.


Does CSM offer masterclasses/workshops with visiting professional artists?

Students regularly have the opportunity to perform and observe masterclasses with visiting professionals with no additional cost to the student. We see this as integral part of your course of study.



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