Course Overview

This course offers a BA in Music and one other subject. It allows students to develop an understanding of the history, theory and practice of music. It is especially well suited to those who wish to teach music after graduation; students also receive training in arts management and other transferrable professional skills. 

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements: Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate including Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements

Duration

4 years

Next start date

Sept 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

15

Closing Date

Next start date

Sept 2018

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

Award

CAO

GY130

PAC code

Course Outline

In First Year, students take Music with two other arts subjects. In Years 2 and 4, they do Music with one other subject. Year 3 is dedicated exclusively to Music. Upon graduation, students receive a degree in Music and one other subject (e.g. French, Mathematics, Psychology, Legal Studies, Information Technology, English, German, etc).  

 Year 1:

  • Music Histories and Repertoires
  • Introducing Traditional Irish Music
  • Vocal and Choral Skills practice-based module (practice-based module)
  • Writing about Music: Performance Analysis 

Year 2:

  • Music Histories and Repertoires
  • Traditional Irish Music 2
  • Composition
  • Keyboard skills
  • Musical Theatre (optional)
  • Arts Administration and management (optional)

Year 3:

This year is dedicated to the development of special skills and/or experiences. Students will:

  • Attend an international university where music is taught OR
  • Engage in a 10,000 word dissertation on a subject within Music Studies OR
  • Carry out an internship OR
  • Complete a supervised practice-based project, culminating in a public recital and/or performance.

Year 4

  • Music Technology
  • Composition project OR dissertation
  • Career development workshops.
  • Music Histories and Repertoires 3

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The programme has been designed to meet the requirement of the Irish Teaching Council, so graduates will be qualified to use music as a teaching subject as part of their study for a postgraduate degree in post-primary education.

 Students will also have opportunities to avail of NUI Galway’s unique offerings in creative arts management and business, ensuring they have real-world skills that will be directly relevant to the creative arts industry in Ireland and internationally.

 As BA graduates, students also have transferrable skills in such areas as giving presentations, teamwork, research, writing, and so on. These skills are highly attractive to employers and open out a range of career options.

 Students can combine the study of music with subjects such as Psychology, Legal Studies, Information Technology or Languages, all of which open up career opportunities in those areas.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

In the third year of the programme, all students go on placement, either travelling to an international university (some scholarships are available) or taking a placement with an Irish arts organisation. The university has partnerships with such organisations as Galway Music Residency and Galway International Arts Festival, and students may take placements of 4-6 weeks in such organisations in the areas of marketing, production, administration, and other subjects relevant to their course.  Students taking a European language will be required to spend a semester in year three studying in France, Germany or Italy. There are also international links with American universities where students can study Music and other performing arts subjects.

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

Find out More

O’Donoghue Centre for Drama Theatre and Performance,

NUI, Galway

+353 91 494426

music@nuigalway.ie