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BA (Hons) in Applied Music

Title
BA (Hons) in Applied Music
School
Department
Course Type
CAO Undergraduate
International
Qualification
Honours Bachelor Degree
Level
8
Course Category
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Music
Programme Code
DK_MAMUS_8
CAO Codes
DK860
Places
36
Duration
4
Duration Type
Year(s)
Delivery
Full time
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Interested in a degree with a difference? Are you dedicated and committed to developing your musical skills to a high standard? Our B.A (Honours) in Applied Music can offer you an exciting blend of traditional, classical, rock and pop with music technology! We welcome students from different music backgrounds and with a diversity of interests. The programme is both challenging and enriching, and gives you the chance to participate in a wide range of music activities. Enhanced by state of the art facilities, the BA (Hons) Applied Music programme creates opportunities for study of a diverse range of genres, technologies and activities in music.

Performance is an important part of our degree programme and the Section of Music has world class facilities including a recital room, theatre, recording studio, practice rooms, computer labs and more. Regular performances take place in the Institute and in venues nationally and internationally featuring our ensembles including Irish Traditional Music, Musical Theatre, Choir, Chamber Choir, Orchestra, Guitar and Jazz, while regular concerts and masterclasses are also given by visiting professionals.

In years three and four we offer specialisms in composition, performance (classical, traditional, rock/pop), music technology, music education and community, musicology and ethnomusicology.  

Stage 1 Semester 1

  • Musicianship Fundamentals (7.5 Credits)
  • Performance Skills 1 (7.5 Credits)
  • Learning to Learn: Academic Skills Development (5 Credits)
  • Music Studies (5 Credits)
  • Music Technology (5 Credits)

Stage 1 Semester 2

  • Musicianship Skills Development (7.5 Credits)
  • Performance Skills 2 (7.5 Credits)
  • Western Art Music: Early Greece to Renaissance (5 Credits)
  • Irish Music: History (5 Credits)
  • Notation and Sequencing Applications and Recording Techniques (5 Credits)

Stage 2 Semester 3

  • Musicianship Creativity (7.5 Credits)
  • Performance Development 1 (7.5 Credits)
  • Western Art Music: Baroque to Classical (5 Credits)
  • The Irish Song Traditions (5 Credits)
  • Sound Synthesis and Recording Techniques (5 Credits)

Stage 2 Semester 4

  • Advanced Musicianship (7.5 Credits)
  • Performance Development 2 (7.5 Credits)
  • Western Art Music: Romantic to Modern (5 Credits)
  • Irish Music Styles and Aesthetics (5 Credits)
  • Content Analysis and Sound Manipulation (5 Credits)

Stage 3 Semester 5

  • Performance Practice 1 (7.5 Credits)
  • Music Analysis: 17th& 18th Centuries (5 Credits)
  • Jazz: History and Culture (5 Credits)

Students choose one specialism (7.5 Credits) from the following list which may be offered subject to student numbers and resources

  • Composition: Methods and Techniques
  • Philosophy and Psychology of Music
  • Ethnomusicology: Principles and Methods
  • Advanced Microphone ApplicationsSolo Performance 1

Students also choose one module from the following list of electives (5 credits), which may be offered in a given year subject to student numbers and resources 

  • Contemporary Music seminar: Europe and USA
  • Community Music
  • Tradition, Innovation and politics
  • Extended Sound Synthesis 
  • Jazz Studies
  • Workshop Studies
  • Musicology
  • Sound Art
  • Post Production Techniques

Stage 3 Semester 6

  • Performance Practice 2 (7.5 Credits)
  • Music Analysis: 19th Century (5 Credits)
  • Popular Music: History and Culture (5 Credits)

Students choose one specialism (7.5 Credits) from the following list which may be offered subject to student numbers and resources

  • Composition: Creative Concepts
  • Systems of Education and Curriculum Studies
  • Collecting, Collectors, and Archives
  • Studio Techniques
  • Solo Performance 2

Students also choose one module from the following list of electives (5 credits), which may be offered in a given year subject to student numbers and resources 

  • Contemporary Music Seminar: Ireland
  • Ethnomusicology: Music of non-western cultures
  • Sound Design for Moving Image
  • Digital Instruments
  • Music and Business
  • Irish Music: Solo and Ensemble Style
  • Musical Theatre
  • Interactive music systems 

Stage 4 Semester 7

  • Advanced Performance Practice 1(7.5 Credits)
  • Dissertation: Research and Critical Development (5 Credits)

Students choose one specialism (7.5 Credits) from the following list which may be offered subject to student numbers and resources

  • Composition: Advanced Practices
  • Instrumental / Vocal Pedagogy
  • The ‘Celtic’ Music Worlds
  • Mixing Techniques
  • Solo Performance 3

Students also choose two modules from the following list of electives (5 credits), which may be offered in a given year subject to student numbers and resources 

  • Contemporary Music seminar: Europe and USA
  • Community Music 
  • Tradition, Innovation and politics 
  • Extended Sound Synthesis 
  • Jazz Studies
  • Workshop Studies 
  • Musicology
  • Sound ArtPost Production Techniques

Stage 4 Semester 8

  • Advanced Performance Practice 2 (7.5 Credits)
  • Dissertation: Critical Evaluation & Completion (10 Credits)

Students also choose one module from the following list of electives (5 credits), which may be offered in a given year subject to student numbers and resources 

  • Contemporary Music Seminar: Ireland
  • Ethnomusicology: Music of non-western cultures
  • Sound Design for Moving Image 
  • Digital Instruments
  • Music and Business 
  • Irish Music: Solo and Ensemble Style
  • Musical Theatre
  • Interactive music systems 

 

 

Full details on programme outcomes and schedule are available here.

Two C3 grades in Higher Level papers, and at least a grade D3 in four Ordinay Level papers at Leaving Cert. (or equivalent).
Leaving Cert Music (or an equivalent qualification, or demonstrative performance ability) is also desirable. Applications are invited from students with diverse music backgrounds including Traditional/Folk, Classical, Popular, Contemporary, Jazz.

Applicants will be required to undertake an interview and aural test at Easter. Instrumental, vocal or other performance will be a key part of this, and points will be awarded for the audition. Applicants with an interest in composition may submit a portfolio of their works. The criteria for assessment will be aural aptitude, performance ability and general music knowledge.


 

Entrance to Year 1 of BA (Hons) Applied Muisc is determined by audition/interview and CAO points.

 

You must apply to the BA (Hons) Applied Music DK860 through the CAO, the Central Applications Office. You will then be called to an interview/audition. Entry to the course is subject to fulfilling the CAO requirements in addition to passing the interview/audition. Interviews for 2017/2018 Academic Year will take place from 3-7 April 2017.

 

To apply from the CAO website follow the steps outlined below:

 

  1. Visit CAO website and click on Dundalk Inst. of Technolog
  2. Type MUSIC in the Search box
  3. Scroll down to DK860 and follow the instructions on screen.

Following application through CAO applicants will receive a letter from DkIT in mid-March inviting them to attend for audition/interview. You will receive an application form which should be filled out and returned to guarantee a time for your audition/interview.

 

Applicants will be notified of the results of the audition by early May.

Career Options: 

 A degree in music can give access to many other careers and music graduates are sought after in professions which demand a high level of personal confidence, communication skills and expressive ability. Careers may include:

  • Music technology & music software development
  • Music teaching
  • Composing, arranging, publishing, realization and editing
  • Production and management
  • Music performance: solo or ensemble
  • Library, archival work
  • Community arts employment
  • Performance sound applications
  • Research and further education at DkIT and elsewhere

 

Application Process for DK 860 BA (Hons) Applied Music

 

All applicants who submit an application for DK860 BA (Hons) Applied Music are acknowledging and accepting the terms and conditions associated with making an application to the programme.

Entry to all years of BA (Hons) Applied Music is via a two-stage process:

Audition and interview

·        Confirmation of results (Leaving Certificate or equivalent in the case of applicants to Year 1, and evidence of prior certified learning in the case of applicants to all other years). We welcome applications from mature students.

 

Year 1 Entry

Entry to DK860 is a restricted process. All applicants must apply through CAO by 1 February deadline. Late applications are not accepted.

Advanced Entry

All applicants must apply directly to the DkIT Admissions Office.

 

Year 1 Entry

Once DkIT receive the list of applicants from CAO all applicants will receive a letter/email from the Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music inviting them to attend an interview/audition at DkIT. Interviews will take place at Ceol Oirghialla, Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music, Carroll Building, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Please note that DkIT operate a pay parking system on campus.

If an applicant has not received a letter from DkIT by 25 March 2017 in relation to their interview please contact 042 9370280 immediately. Enclosed with the letter of invite will be an application form which must be filled in and returned to the Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music to confirm interview time. Failure to confirm attendance at interview may result in the applicant’s interview/audition time offered to another applicant and applicants who do not confirm their attendance will be deemed to have withdrawn. The audition panel reserves the right to move to the next candidate and if time permits the panel may facilitate candidates who have not confirmed attendance at a later time that day. Applicants are encouraged to arrive early for their scheduled interview and warm up facilities are available in the building.

DkIT will not provide an accompanist for the audition and students are encouraged to bring their own.

A piano and drum kit will be available on the day of the interview. If an applicant wishes to be examined on drums, please contact the Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music to ensure that a drum kit will be available in the room for the time allocated to your audition. Any other instruments, amps, etc., must be supplied by applicants. Applicants should arrive to the interview room with instruments removed from cases, in-tune and otherwise already set-up.

The interview will take the form of a short comprehension test, followed by an assessment of your performance, general musicianship and aural skills. There will also be an opportunity for the applicant to ask questions about the programme.

Programme for all interview days

The programme for the day of the interview is as follows:

  1. Interview/audition (be sure to check your allocated time and arrive early)

Content of Interview/Audition

  1. Performance: The applicant will perform their own choice of music – in ANY genre, on one or more instruments - and may also be asked to perform other works suited to their standard. It is recommended that students have three pieces ready for the interview. Candidates may also be asked to sing. The audition/interview panel reserves the right to hear all or part of any work presented.
  2. For those students presenting for audition on voice they may provide an accompanist if they so desire. An accompanist will not be provided by DkIT.
    For composition, a portfolio of relevant work is also required. Other published performance or academic work (album, publication, etc) should be brought also – but sample or demo albums are NOT required.
  3. Comprehension assessment. Applicants will be asked to read and discuss a short essay on a topic relating to music (this is different for each interview session, and no preparation is needed for it; the exercise is designed to show the applicant’s ability to express yourself).
  4. General questions: These are NOT an examination. The informal interview is aimed at establishing the student’s core music genre previous performance experience, vocal experience and/or ability, knowledge of other music genres and potential professional music work such as teaching etc. The student will be asked about the object of their desire to study music in DkIT – e.g. whether teaching, technology sector, performance, etc., their willingness to perform across genres, willingness to undertake specified reading and assignment work, willingness to take up a music instrument where appropriate, willingness to engage fully with vocal programme, willingness to urgently attain proficiency at sight reading and music theory during the first semester. Applicants will also have an opportunity to ask questions about the programme.
  5. Sight reading/sight singing: This will establish the current level of the student’s ability. Sight reading is NOT a prerequisite for entry into the course.
  6. Musicianship: Some tests will be given to the student to establish the current level of the student's ability. The following topics may be covered:

·         Identification of triads

·         Identification of intervals

·         Scales

·         Music memory/melodic recall (single line and/or two-part)

·         Rhythmic recall

·         Music theory

If applicants have an interest in composition you should bring a portfolio of your work. CD compilations of performance are not required at this interview.

Applicants who have a disability and who may require alternative arrangements for the audition/interview are advised to contact the Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music in advance of the interview date so that the appropriate arrangements can be put in place where possible.

The dates for the 2017 interviews are 3-7 April 2017 and every effort will be made to facilitate students unable to attend on the day assigned for their interview. It is important that applicants notify the Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music as soon as possible following receipt of notification for interview if the date does not suit.

Every effort will be made to notify applicants within four weeks of the interview of the outcome. The decision of the audition panel at Dundalk Institute of Technology is final.

For those students who have been successful at interview offers will be made by the CAO in late August/early September providing that students fill the requirements for entry to a Level 8 programme at DkIT and that there are sufficient places on the programme. As the number of places on the programme is limited it will not be possible to offer all applicants a place on the programme.

Further details regarding location, travelling to DkIT, catering facilities and format of the audition/interview are available at https://www.dkit.ie/music (follow the link for BA (Hons) Applied Music). If you have any questions in relation to the interview/audition please contact the Programme Director, Dr Ann-Marie Hanlon – annmarie.hanlon@dkit.ie or 042 9370280.

Additional information on the modules, our performance activities and our performing groups, our facilities, our ongoing research projects and recent news in the Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music at Dundalk Institute of Technology is available at https://www.dkit.ie/creative-arts-media-music.

 

 

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