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Are you interested in studying at MTU Cork School of Music?

For specific information on each course including CAO codes, click on the links below.

Bachelor of Music

BA in Popular Music

BA in Theatre & Drama Studies

BA in Musical Theatre

Watch our course overview and take a virtual tour through our facilities here at MTU Cork School of Music.

 


Here's what some of our current students and graduates have to say about life in MTU CSM.

 

 

 


This four-year programme leads to the award of an Honours BMus Degree. The course offered by MTU 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 bene ts of multiple sessions with the CSM’s most senior performing groups, including the Fleischmann Choir, Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.

 

Coach accompanying at MTU CSM offers an invaluable resource allowing students to explore their chosen repertoire in an open and supportive environment. Valued highly at the school, it is considered an integral part of the education offered on our BMus programme. CSM's coach accompanists are professional pianists with extensive experience in coaching and performing
the duo and chamber music repertoire. As part of the BMus degree, instrumental and vocal students are assigned their own personal coach accompanist. Students have regular coaching sessions, tailored to fit the needs of students. Regular rehearsals and performance platforms provide students with ample opportunities to prepare and perform recital programmes in advance of exams and competitions. Under the guidance of the coach accompanist, students are encouraged to explore performance aspects of their chosen repertoire, to collaborate effectively and to develop their own musical ideas and personality. Open dialogue is encouraged, reflecting professional, real-life situations such as the preparation and performance of public recitals, competitions and recordings.

 

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 cutting edge 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 MTU 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 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Multimedia offered by CIT in its Bishopstown Campus.

 

Winter Jam was a short collaborative recording project involving MTU CSM Community Music students and students of the School of the Divine Child Junior School that took place during October and November 2018:

 

 

 

 

 

The MTU Cork School of Music occupies a purpose-built conservatory building that is one of the nest facilities in the world for music and drama education, with an amazing technological infrastructure. For more info visit our FACILITIES page.

 

This is a four-year programme leading to the award of a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music. Singers and instrumentalists who play guitar, bass, keyboards or drums in a pop style will study together: performance skills, ensemble, theory & harmony, songwriting, music technology and music business, law and entrepreneurship. In third and fourth year, students’ electives include Music Therapy, and Music in the Community. Those wishing to specialise in Music Technology have access to some of the most sophisticated electronic and computer equipment available in the country.

Graduates will be able to compete in the busy world of commercial music in Ireland, for recording contracts, gigs in clubs and concert halls, TV and stage shows, corporate entertainment, and the fertile melting pot that is the Irish singer-songwriter circuit. Synergies with the classical, jazz and traditional musicians on the BMus course will open creative doors and career opportunities such as those fostered in the famous performing arts schools and colleges of Britain and the U.S.A.

The MTU Cork School of Music occupies a purpose-built conservatory building that is one of the nest facilities in the world for music and drama education, with an amazing technological infrastructure. For more info visit our FACILITIES page.

 

 


This is a four-year programme that centres on theatre performance training, with supporting modules to
facilitate wider career options. The programme aims to produce artists that are physically and vocally exible and intellectually alive and curious. Alongside core disciplines of voice, movement and acting studies, you will develop a range of creative and practical techniques and transferable skills that will encourage you to be an independent thinking and motivated artist, an articulate and re ective practitioner equipped to succeed in a competitive profession. Small group and large ensemble practical and workshop sessions are balanced with lectures, tutorials and field- based studies.

Capstone Module: In the fourth and final year, each student works on an integrated production. As the emphasis throughout the programme is on performance, this allows an involvement at a professional level as a theatre practitioner as the culmination of the four years’ work.

The CIT Cork School of Music occupies a purpose-built conservatory building that is one of the nest facilities in the world for music and drama education, with an amazing technological infrastructure. For more info visit our FACILITIES page.

This is a specialist degree course aimed at 'triple-threat' performers - in other words centred on the three disciplines:

Singing, Dancing, Acting

You will receive an intensive training in all three throughout your studies. Individual singing training, in both legitimate and contemporary styles, is supplemented by vocal ensemble (chorus) and musical theatre ensemble (staged scenes). You will attend music theory classes and musical theatre history and context lectures.  Dance is a vital component and your core studies in tap, ballet and jazz are supplemented with workshops by superb visiting professionals such as Alex Blake and Brian Murray, acting, drama and spoken voice is the third core skill.  An introductory CIT module in semester one is followed in semester two by the first of our extensive theatre technology modules - sound, lighting and various computer-based production tools add to your general theatrical skillset. All of our students take the STAGEPASS training course which allows them to intern and get casual work in professional theatres.  All students are encouraged to become physically fit and sculpted for the stage and we have a partner gym around the corner used by all. This full-time and demanding schedule of study and practice comes to a focus in a public production in each year. 

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The Masters in Music is an intensive
course offered in the specialist areas of Performance, Conducting and Composition. There are separate strands available in Classical, Jazz, Popular and Irish Traditional Music as well as Early Music.

Performance candidates can specialise in solo or ensemble work. Chamber groups who have been working together have the opportunity of completing the programme as an ensemble.

The course is centered around the preparation and delivery of three public performances for instrumentalists/singers, or three rehearsals and performances for Conductors or three portfolios of compositions for those engaged with Composition. Candidates have the opportunity to design the content of the performances/compositions they undertake under the supervision of expert staff. Students explore a variety of complementary skills through the Professional Studies course, as well as electives ranging from research skills to music technology or pedagogy.

The CIT Cork School of Music occupies a purpose-built conservatory building that is one of the nest facilities in the world for music and drama education, with an amazing technological infrastructure. For more info visit our FACILITIES page.

 

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The Masters in Music & Technology focuses on the use of technology to enhance music creation of all kinds. Core studies include Computer Music, Recording Studio, Acoustics & Psychoacoustics and Sound Synthesis. New skills are taught and existing ones enhanced, in both technical and artistic areas. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of complementary skills through electives, these include subjects from multimedia, music performance, engineering, and computer science. The ethos of the programme is a “hands-on” approach and core studies are assessed primarily by project work throughout the year.

The Cork School of Music is a purpose-built conservatory building that is one of the finest facilities for music education in all of Europe with an amazing technological infrastructure. See HERE for more details on the facilities.

Our teaching staff come from a variety of areas of expertise - Music Performance and Composition, Art, Multimedia, Business, Electronic Engineering, Computer Programming and many more. Each staff member has an interest in Music & Technology and the integration of the diverse disciplines is discussed and contextualised in the Computer Music classes and industry seminars.

The Masters in Music & Technology at CIT Cork School of Music is a full-time 12-month intensive programme with two pathways - Master of Science or Master of Arts - depending on the electives chosen. The programme is designed to take full advantage of the technological resources of the Cork School of Music.


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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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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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