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Music Education / Oideachas Ceol



What is... Music Education?

The Bachelor in Music Education degree is designed to provide for the academic and professional requirements of those wishing to become music teachers at secondary school level (including Northern Ireland). If you enjoy music, already have a reasonable standard of performance, and wish to combine these qualities with a teaching career, then this course will be ideally suited to you. 

Please Note: Students registering on the programme in September 2017 and every two years thereafter (i.e. September 2019, September 2021) will study jointly at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) only, throughout the four year programme. Students registering on the programme in September 2018 and every two years thereafter (i.e. September 2020, September 2022) will study jointly at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) only, throughout the four year programme.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Most graduates go on to teach, usually in schools, and some go into to instrumental teaching.  Graduates also go on to work in arts administration, libraries, music therapy, musicology, performance, and a range of other areas.

What other options do I have after completion?   

Many students take postgraduate courses in related areas such as performance, music education, musicology or composition at DIT Conservatory or other Higher Education Institutions.

Learning Outcomes - What will I Study?  

This four year programme will equip you with a high standard of performance in the instrument of your choice, as well as associated competences in related music skills, i.e. conducting, keyboard skills, counterpoint, composition, orchestration, analysis and history of music.  A fundamental feature of the course is personal development in music, instilling the ability to arouse the interest and enthusiasm of pupils. You will be encouraged to engage in ensemble work at a level appropriate to your ability. Opportunities to perform are provided, offering realistic goals for all, including the exceptionally gifted. Supervised practice in all aspects of classroom teaching is provided in addition to instrumental/vocal practice.

Entrance tests are normally held in March of the year of entry in TCD. Please visit for more details.

Module Listing


  • Individual Instrumental Tuition  
  • Aural Perception & Keyboard Skills  
  • Harmony & Counterpoint  
  • History of Music  
  • Irish Music  
  • Singing, Recorder, Guitar & Percussion  
  • Conducting  
  • Music Technology  
  • Ensemble Performance                      


  • Practice of Music Education
  • Teaching Practice  
  • Psychology of Education  
  • Philosophy of Education  
  • Sociology of Education  
  • Curriculum & Assessment 

Are there study abroad options?  

There are opportunities for students to spend part of their studies abroad. Partnerships have been formed with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the Liszt Academy in Budapest and the Kódaly Institute in Kecskemét Hungary. 

Further Information

T: (01) 220 5144 (Dr. Mark Fitzgerald)



What our Students say!   

During my four years of study, I developed as both a performer and a teacher. The encouraging lecturers and teachers and the friendly classes in both DIT and TCD made it such a positive and rewarding experience. The opportunities to perform both in ensembles and as a soloist, along with the teaching practice in a range of different schools gave me all the experience I needed to survive in the real world!