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HND in Irish Traditional Music Performance

Course Code: PTH

Duration: 2 Years


This course is suitable for musicians/singers who wish to pursue a career in traditional music. The course is practical in nature with an emphasis on performance. Students perform on a regular basis in various venues throughout Dublin and beyond. In 2nd year students are expected to record, engineer and produce their own CD, using College facilities. Another feature of the course is regular visits and guest lectures by leading figures in the world of traditional music.


Year 1

  • Music Notation
  • Harmony and Arranging
  • Music Performance Studies
  • Music Performance Skills
  • Music Technology
  • Computer Music Composition and Production
  • Traditional Performing Arts
  • Regional Styles in Irish Traditional Music

Year 2

  • Traditional Music and Song from Scotland
  • Brittany and the North of England
  • Planning for Public Performance
  • Creative Arts Research Skills, Project design
  • Implementation and evaluation
  • Music Studio Production
  • The Music Business in the 21st Century
  • World Music Studies
  • Harmony and Composition.


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Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI level 5 award with a merit profile such as PMC Music Management & Production or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). All applicants will be auditioned.


HND in Irish Traditional Music Performance

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement


  • Rehearsal and Multi-track Sound Recording Studio
  • Demo Recording, Back-line Amplification
  • 2kw P.A. System
  • Range of Professional Instruments
  • 24 Track Digital Recording Studio
  • Midi Suites 8 Track Hard Disc Recorders


Graduates may gain exemptions from one or two years of degree courses in the UK or may choose to continue performing on the traditional music circuit. Graduates who achieve a merit/distinction may also apply for entry to the BA (Hons) in Media Production Management programme in BCFE.