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Music Performance PLC

The Course

Music, nowadays, is a rapidly diversifying area. At a performance level, today's musicians operate within a wide variety of musical styles and approaches. In addition to the ever-important areas of performance and musical ability, new skills have been added, in particular an understanding of how technology can assist the musician in the studio and on the stage, in creative and rehearsal situations.


Performance Photo 1Music Performance is one of the most innovative courses on offer at Kylemore College. Distinct from some of the more engineering-oriented courses on offer elsewhere, Music Performance is a course designed for imaginative musicians. There is a lot of flexibility in the course, allowing you to realise your creative potential in various fields, whether it be song-writing, contemporary classical composition, jazz, dance music, traditional, electroacoustic, experimentalism, or pop/rock music. At every phase in the course, you will be encouraged to make artistic use of the latest technologies in sound recording, mixing, sound design, live performance, computers, and by the end of the course you will be fully versed in the use of industry-standard hardware and software.


As a student at Kylemore, you will not only be able to realise your creative ambitions with expert teachers, but you will also meet other students from all areas of musical life, and work with other enthusiasts on collaborative projects. There is much emphasis on practical experience and structured tuition, with timetabled classes, studio sessions and regular assignments/examinations, but there is also plenty of opportunity to work independently in the recording studio. Basic music theory, aural and keyboard skills are taught, knowing that many applicants will not have formal musical training, and that classical musical training does not provide all the skills needed for work in popular music. Additionally, you will be encouraged to produce work that is both innovative and individualistic.


Aim of the Course

The aim of this course is to develop the musician's ability in the areas of performance and musical awareness and to further enhance their skills through music technology and computer applications. This course will thoroughly prepare you for the thriving professional and creative world of music today.


Areas of Study

The areas of study fall into all the different modules that make up the course. They are listed below



Entry Requirements/How to Apply

Apply now if you are a final year secondary student , an aspiring singer or performing artist, a musician, or just interested in the evolving world of music performance and technology. Applicants should have achieved the Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent. Mature Applicants with suitable industry experience are also welcome to apply. It is also expected that applicants show a keen interest in performance, have an aptitude for creativity and basic computing skills. You will require determination, hard work and reliability to succeed in this course. These are some of the qualities we expect of every student we accept on to our courses. Admission to the course is limited and subject to interview. Suitability interviews are usually held every May each year. An application form and guide to the process can be found on the PLC Application Process page.

Performance Photo 2Course Duration

1 full-time academic year, September to May. Students typically have up to 20 hourstimetabled contact, 5 days per week; between 9am and 5pm. Students also spend time in excess of timetabled hours on studio work, music workstations, projects and study. The recommended additional study hours per week is between 5 to 10.


Assessment and Duration

Modules are assessed by studio project work, practical projects, assignments and examinations. Your final certificate classification (Distinction, Merit, Pass) will be based on your work throughout the year of the course. Successful candidates will receive a level 5 FETAC Award in Music 5M2011.


Learning and Teaching

Students are taught through a combination of traditional teaching learning methods, tutorials and practical work in the studio. The teachers typically use an audio-visual projector, practical demonstrations, printed handouts, a white board and interactive tutorial CD-ROMs. (MT ICT)


Career Opportunities

Many of our graduates immediately embark on successful careers in performance and music production, while others further their music education by attending third-level universities, or develop careers as songwriters or producers.


Third Level Access

FETAC ensures that procedures for access, transfer and progression are implemented locally and nationally, thus facilitating learners at all stages of life to continue education and training through the Higher Education Links Scheme 2010 (.pdf). The Higher Education Links Scheme links specific FETAC (Level 5) Awards to reserved places on higher education courses. Students who have attained the full Performing Arts (Music) FETAC award are eligible to apply for a course at a range of higher education institutions, of which are outlined below.


InstituteCourse titleCAO CodeRequirements
Dundalk Institute of TechnologyBachelor of Arts Degree (Hons) in Applied MusicDK860Full FETAC Award
Waterford Institute of TechnologyBachelor of Arts Degree (Hons) in MusicWD027Full FETAC Award
Tralee Institute of TechnologyBachelor of Arts Degree (Hons) in Music TechnologyTL292Full FETAC Award
Limerick Institute of TechnologyBachelor of Science in Music Technology & ProductionLC701Full FETAC Award
NUI MaynoothBachelor of Arts Degree (Hons) in Music TechnologyMH102Full FETAC Award
Athlone Institute of TechnologyHigher Certificate in Business with Music and Instrument TechnologyAL043Full FETAC Award