On successful completion of Year 1 of a two-year Higher National Diploma (HND) a Higher National Certificate (HNC) will be claimed for each 1st Year HND student. It will be included as part of the overall HND award on successful completion of Year 2.
This programme is suitable for traditional musicians and singers who wish to develop their practical skills and musicianship. The course places an emphasis on performance, developing musical skills, musical instrument making and music technology. In second year, students have the opportunity to record, engineer and produce their own CD, using college facilities.
The programme, in partnership with Na Piobairí Uilleann, also offers a traineeship in musical instrument making for students who wish to develop their skills in this area. In September 2020 the Harp and Mandolin/Mandola were added to the Uilleann Pipes, Whistle and Flute on the instrument making strand.
As well as workshop time with an expert instrument maker students have access to the instrument making workshop on a regular basis to further develop their skills.
The course enables students to deepen their understanding of Irish traditional music, develop as performers, learn the craft of instrument making and equip students with the skills and academic qualifications to progress to a successful career in music.
Those students completing the traineeship will be facilitated in completing 14 weeks relevant work placement.
Students can complete either
the HND In Traditional Irish Music or
the HND/Traineeship in Traditional Irish Music which results in the HND award.
All practical elements are completed in Na Píobairí Uilleann’s Pipecraft Training Centre in Clonshaugh
The Evolution of the Instrument
Applied Music Theory Performance
Marketing and Promotion
Recording Technology or Application of Machine Tools (Instrument Making strand)
Creative Research Project
Developing as an Artist
Advanced Performance Skills
Live Arrangement Skills
Regional Styles in Irish Traditional Music
Advanced Music Production or Work Experience (Instrument Making strand)
Expert tuition in all aspects of Irish Traditional Music and music performance
Workshops and guest lectures from leading exponents of the tradition.
Musical Instrument Making
Access to on campus recording studios
Strong links to the music industry
Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two O1/H5 and three O6/H7 grades, or a relevant QQI Level 5 award with a merit profile such as
Graduates of this course may also apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to higher and advanced certificate and degree programmes at national Institutes of Technology, Technological Universities and Universities, where graduates gain exemption of one or two years from music degree courses in Ireland, (applicants should confirm linked awards and eligibility requirements with the relevant Higher Education Institution).
Graduates may also gain exemption of one or two years from other Music degree courses in the UK.
The course offers significant career opportunities for graduates. Our graduates are working successfully in areas such as; Performance, Music Production, Music Management, Arts Administration, Festival Programming, Teaching, Field Recording and Sound Engineering.
Our instrument makers have the opportunity to supply instruments to the industry either through direct sales or through organisations such as Na Píobairí Uilleann
Graduates may also choose to continue performing on the traditional music circuit.
During my two years of study here, I found myself emerged in all things music and I really loved every minute of it. I came out at the end a more confident and knowledgeable musician. I started playing the bouzouki during my time on this course and it was a solid foundation I needed for the music career that lay ahead of me. For that I thank all the lecturers at BCFE on the Ceoltóir course for their continued support. Daoirí Farrell: Multi award winning singer and performer Higher National Diploma in Music – Irish Traditional Music Performance, (PTH, 2007-2009)