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Choosing an Instrument for your Child

 

MTU Cork School of Music welcomes applications from complete beginners to those who have had a little or even several years tuition on their instrument. All beginners will normally have completed at least a year of the CSM musicianship or windwise programmes. However, all applications will be considered and those without previous musicianship training will, if offered a place, be required to join the musicianship programme as appropriate. Non-beginners will be called for audition and should be prepared to play two contrasting pieces that will best demonstrate their current level of achievement. Scales and sight-reading may also be assessed. All applicants will be placed on a waiting list from which places will be allocated as they arise. Offers will be made as soon as possible following assessments in September. Whilst no results are posted, the Head of Department (strings ) or Conservatoire Coordinator ( wind and percussion) will respond to requests for feedback from early October. Places will continue to be allocated throughout the year as vacancies arise. 

Applications are open for instrumental lessons now. Submit an application by clicking here.

STRINGS

Violin & Viola

Starting age ideally age 6 - 8 but older applicants will be considered. Student instruments come in a range of sizes and teachers will recommend the correct size. The school has a number of small violas that may be borrowed as available. Students are generally expected to provide their own violin and second-hand instruments are easy to obtain. Apply here.

 

 

 

Cello

Starting age 6 – 8 years but older applicants will be considered. The school has some small instruments and aims to provide beginners with an instrument on loan for the first six months or year of tuition. Apply here.

 

Double Bass

Starting age from 8 or 9 years or older depending on size and hand strength. The school has a number of small sized instruments which can be loaned to students. Apply here.

 

Harp

The school offers tuition on both Concert Harp and Irish Harp. Beginners from the age of 6/7 years usually start on the Irish harp as the hand technique is the same for each and can choose to move to concert harp at a later stage if they wish. Apply here.

 

 

Classical Guitar

Application numbers can be particularly high for guitar so applicants are encouraged to have a second choice of instrument as places are sometimes limited. Guitar students participate in guitar ensemble class when they have reached the appropriate skills level. Starting age 6 – 8 years and upwards. Apply here.

 

 

Suzuki Violin and Cello

Under the CSM Suzuki programme children have access to tuition in five suburban primary schools. St. Catherines GNS Bishopstown, violin; Scoil Barra Naofa boys and girls Beaumont, violin; Gaelscoil Ui Riada Wilton,violin; Eglantine GNS Douglas, violin and cello; Bun Scoil Chriost Ri Turners Cross, violin. Suzuki programme application forms are distributed in the schools in early September each year. Children in Junior and Senior infants of the participating schools are invited to apply. While tuition takes place in the primary school mainly during the school day, the programme is administered by CSM Union Quay. Apply here.

 

 

 

WOODWIND

Recorder

Applications are welcome from beginners and non-beginners of seven-years and upwards. The recorder is an ideal instrument for those interested in learning a wind or brass instrument later. Apply here.

 

 

Flute

Applications are welcome from beginners and non-beginners of nine-years and older. Younger students may be considered. Students are expected to provide their own flute and second-hand instruments are easy to obtain. Application numbers tend to be high so it is advised that students apply for more than one instrument. Apply here.

 

 

Oboe

Applications are welcome from beginners and non-beginners of nine-years and older. Younger students may be considered. CSM has a small number of oboes that may be loaned to students for the first two years of their study. Apply here.

 

 

Clarinet

Applications are welcome from beginners and non-beginners of nine-years and older. Younger students may be considered. Students are expected to provide their own clarinet and second-hand instruments are easy to obtain. Apply here.

Saxophone

Applications are welcome from beginners and non-beginners of nine-years and older. Students must provide their own saxophone – advice can be sought before investing. Apply here.

 

 

Bassoon

Applications are welcome from beginners and non-beginners of nine-years and older. CSM has a small number of bassoons that may be loaned to students for the early years of their study. Apply here.

 

 

BRASS

Trumpet

Applications are welcome from beginners and non-beginners of nine-years and older. Students are expected to provide their own trumpet – advice can be sought prior to investing. Apply here.

French Horn

Applications are welcome from beginners and non-beginners of nine-years and older. CSM has a small number of French horns that may be loaned to students for the early years of their study. Apply here.

 

 

Trombone

Applications are welcome from beginners and non-beginners of nine-years and older. CSM has a small number of trombones that may be loaned to students for the early years of their study. Apply here.

 

 

Euphonium, Baritone and Tuba

Applications are welcome from beginners and non-beginners of nine-years and older. CSM has a small number of euphoniums and tubas that may be loaned to students for the early years of their study. Apply here.

 

Percussion

Beginners from the age of ten years and upwards will ideally have experience of another instrument such as piano. Application numbers tend to be high so a second choice of instrument is recommended. Apply here.

 

 

PIANO, ORGAN, HARPSICHORD

Piano

The piano is one of the most popular instruments and a very versatile choice. The school accepts applications from beginners and non-beginners, as well as more advanced players who are very committed to their music making. For beginners, the recommended starting age is between 6-9 years old. Secondary school students who have been studying the piano and wish to consider a music degree are also very welcome to apply for individual lessons in the school. A selection process based on audition applies in all cases. Our teachers are very experienced with students of all ages. Children have the opportunity to perform and are prepared for exams every year. In addition, their teachers prepare them for internal and external competitions as appropriate. Apply here.

 

Organ

Applicants would normally have achieved grade 5 standard on the piano. Enquiries are welcomed and all suitable applicants will be assessed. Advanced players who wish to improve their church music skills are also welcome to apply here.

 

Organ Skills Class

An opportunity to develop skills in transposition, score reading, sight reading as often required in rehearsal situations with choirs and small ensembles. Apply here.
 

Harpsichord

Advanced piano students who are interested in early music should strongly consider applying for this instrument. Lessons are given on three of the best instruments in this country. Apply here.

 

We hope that you and your child enjoy the beginning of their musical journey together!

Semester Timeline

Date

Jan Mon 21

Semester 2 commences

Jun Wed 20

Academic Year finishes

Jun Tue 5

MEBs

May Mon 28

Advanced Recital Competition final

May Sat 26

Advanced Recital Competition prelims

May Mon 7

Degree Assessments & Examinations

May Fri 4

Semester 2 Lectures end* (confirm BATDS)

Apr Thu 12

Degree Entrance Tests for CAO Applicants

Mar Mon 26

Easter Holidays

Mar Sat 24

Professional Studies 2 (MA in Performance, Conducting and Composition, Year 1)

Mar Fri 23

Degree classes finish for Easter Break

Mar Sat 17

School Closed for St Patricks weekend

Feb Sat 24

Professional Studies 2 (MA in Performance, Conducting and Composition, Year 1)

Feb Mon 12

Reading Week

Jan Sat 27

Professional Studies 2 (MA in Performance, Conducting and Composition, Year 1)

Jan Mon 15

MEBs

Semester 2 Lectures commence (confirm BATDS)

Jan Mon 8

Degree Performance Assessments

Dec Mon 18

Degree Assessments & Examinations

Dec Fri 15

Semester 1 Lectures end

Nov Sat 25

Professional Studies 1 (MA in Performance, Conducting and Composition, Year 1)

Nov Sat 18

Open Day for CSM Undergraduate Degree Courses

Oct Mon 30

Reading Week

Oct Thu 26

Conferring Ceremony

Oct Sat 21

Professional Studies 1 (MA in Performance, Conducting and Composition, Year 1)

Sep Sat 23

Professional Studies 1 (MA in Performance, Conducting and Composition, Year 1)

Sep Mon 11

Semester 1 classes and lessons commence for all full-time students

Sep Fri 1

Academic Year commences

Aug Thu 31

Registration for 1st year undergraduate and Masters Degrees

Jan Wed 4

BATDS Year 4 recommences

Oct Thu 27

CSM Awards Ceremony for full-time students

Sep Mon 5

Registration for Years 2 - 4 BMus, BATDS, BAPM & Class Meetings

Induction of MA/MSc in Music & Technology

Induction of MA (Performance/Conducting/Composition)

MEBs

Aug Mon 15

Autumn Examinations

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Class

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Semester Timeline

Date

Jun Sat 16

Individual lessons Finish

May Mon 28

Grade Examination Week

Musicianship Exam Fortnight

Advanced Recital Competition Final

May Sat 26

Advanced Recital Competition Prelims

May Mon 7

Chamber Music Competition Week

Apr Mon 9

Classes recommence

Mar Mon 26

Easter Holidays

Mar Tue 20

Classes recommence

Mar Sat 17

School Closed for St Patricks weekend

Mar Sun 4

Senior Recital Competition Final

Feb Mon 19

Classes recommence

Feb Mon 12

Mid-term Break2

Feb Sun 11

Junior Recital Competition Final 15:00

Feb Fri 9

Junior Recital Competition Prelims

Jan Fri 19

Term 2 Fees due

Jan Mon 8

All teaching re-commences

Dec Fri 22

Classes & lessons for part-time students finish

Dec Mon 11

Piano Accompaniment Competition Week

Dec Fri 1

Junior Concerto

Nov Mon 6

Classes recommence

Oct Mon 30

Mid-term Break1

Oct Fri 20

CSM Awards Ceremony

Sep Mon 11

Bands, Choirs, Orchestras, Drama group rehearsals commence

Sep Fri 1

Academic Year commences

Mar Tue 14

Application forms available for all part-time courses commencing in September 2016 (accepted from 9am)

Mar Fri 10

Open Day for part-time courses - schedule available from public office during February

Mar Thu 2

Senior Recital Competition Prelims

Feb Tue 14

Senior Concerto

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Class

Holidays

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Competitions