Course Outline:

If you love music, this is the course for you! The course has been redeveloped and now includes a Music Technology module. Packed also with other interesting modules which explore the wonderful world of music, this programme is designed to nurture instrumentalists and singers of every level – from the complete novice to the more experienced musician. Students are given the opportunity to avail of the college recording studio and even publish their own compositions with the inclusion of the new Music Technology module. The course enables students to follow the practical side of performance, while also providing a strong foundation in Music Theory. This course is also and ideal preparation for 3rd Level courses in Music and careers in the music industry. Successful students will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Music.

  • Music Theory and Practice 5N1849
  • Music Industry Studies 5N1458
  • Communications 5N0690 or Personal Effectiveness 5N1390
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Music Performance 5N1301
  • Radio Programme Production 5N1379
  • Musicianship 5N4845
  • Music Technology 5N1640 *new
  • Vocal Performance 5N2003

Course Duration:

This is a one-year full time course and runs from September to May.

Entry Requirements:

Any of the following would satisfy entry requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate/LCVP or Leaving Cert Applied
  • QQI/FETAC Level 4 qualification
  • Mature students (age 23+) with relevant experience or ability are also welcome to apply
  • Interview – An ear-test is performed at interview, at which candidates will also be asked to sing or play an instrument.

Student Testimonial:

Daniel O’Donoghue

This course is so well structured I got much more than I expected. The program is jam-packed with experiences from group singing and performance, to creating my own backing tracks, to arranging an ensemble piece and lots more. The best part is the music director, Eamonn, made sure nobody was left behind and always went that extra mile for each student. I highly recommend this course for anybody with amateur or professional musical ambitions – this will give you the confidence and grounding you need to succeed. This course is amazingly good! It has given me the ability, knowledge and confidence to write, arrange and perform/sing my music, and so much more. Huge thanks to Eamonn, our teacher/director, who took us from the very basics of music-theory through to creating and performing our own ensemble pieces. On a personal level I came out with much more than I hoped for, including basic keyboard skills and creating my own backing tracks – I even learned to play cajon! Our class ranged from teenagers to over 60s – it was brilliant! This course has opened the door to my musical ambitions, I am so glad I took it. I got to sing, play and perform with fellow students of all levels. The audio-tech module has expanded my musical possibilities, I can now create backing tracks and sound effects. The music theory module has shown me how to write and create ensemble pieces – so much is crammed into this wonderful course! The teaching is so detailed nobody is left behind. If you’re thinking of taking this course – take it – you’ll be so glad you did.

Fees:

Once you have applied online you will be called for an interview within a few weeks. QQI examination fees cost €50, although Medical Card holders are exempt from paying this fee on production of a valid medical card. Books and essential class materials may also be required. A €200 Government levy will apply on acceptance of a place on PLC course, but medical card holders and those in receipt of a maintenance grant will be exempt. A €100 Student Services fee also applies.

Detailed Course Outline:

Music Theory and Practice:

The nuts & bolts of writing, reading and analysing music

Music Industry Studies:

Learn to protect your work through contracts and copyrights

Music Performance:

The art of presenting an entertaining and professional performance

Radio Production:

Learn to formulate and present your own radio show in a modern broadcast setting.

Musicianship:

The history of music composition and learn how to create your own opus

Music Technology:

How to create, edit and compose using digital software

Communications:

Enhancing your reading, writing and speaking skills.

Work Experience:

Students get 60 hours work placement during the academic year

Vocal Performance:

Development of singing techniques, harmony, group vocals, acapella and the science of the voice

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