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This four-year programme leads to the award of an Honours BMus Degree. The course offered by the CSM differs fundamentally from those available elsewhere in the country in a number of ways. In particular, Performance Studies are an integrated feature throughout the course and students receive credit for them proportional to their level of ability and specialisation.
One of the attractions of this Honours Degree course is the nature of Years 1 and 2, which are best described respectively as “Foundation” and “Transition”. The carefully coordinated elements of the Year 1 course seeks to ensure that every student is subsequently able to fulfil their potential, whatever specialisations are chosen. During Year 2, the continuation of core studies is balanced by the introduction of elements that ensure students can make an informed decision about which subjects they would like to concentrate on during the third and fourth years.
Whilst these might prove to be Performance Studies, or Music in the Community, or Pedagogic (Music Teaching) Studies, or Music and Technology, or Music Therapy, it is equally possible to specialise in Applied Musicianship Skills and/or Music History. Students specialising in conducting and/or orchestration reap the benefits of multiple sessions with the CSM’s most senior performing groups, including the Fleischmann Choir, Symphony Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble.
Potential professional performers can study with people who have played in and/or conducted professional orchestras, choirs and bands, are (or have been) members of professional chamber ensembles, and perform regularly as soloists. Aspiring teachers take courses in Pedagogic Studies that reflect the very best practices to be found in a School that has been at the forefront of music education for over 130 years. In addition, there is also coherent and meaningful provision for students whose interests and strengths lie in the fields of Applied Musicianship Studies (including Analysis, Conducting, Composition and Counterpoint) and/or Historical Studies. Staff of the CSM have blazed the trail for both Community Music and Music Therapy studies in Ireland, and the Music and Technology
Studies are enhanced by the unique availability of state-of-the- art digital equipment in the CSM and linkages with the BA (Honours) in Creative Digital Media offered by CIT in its Bishopstown Campus.
Suitably qualified graduates may apply either to undertake research (leading to the award of an MA and/or PhD), or to follow a Taught Master’s course in either
Do I need to have Leaving Certificate Music?
No, Leaving Certificate Music is not an admission requirement. This is a restricted access course, you need to pass the CSM’s Entrance Test and then you will be placed on a ranked list based on your combined marks from the CSM Entrance Test and your Leaving Certificate points.
Do I need to be able to read music?
Yes, you need to be able to read music notation to a reasonable standard.
Can I apply if I have never completed a grade exam?
It is not necessary to have actually completed grade examinations. The audition result is based on what the examination panel hear on the day.
Is there a late application facility?
CIT CSM recommends that Special Category Applicants apply by 1st February, however, applications will be accepted up to 1st May.
Are there any other special requirements?
Yes, there are Early Application Procedures. This is a Restricted Access Course and all applicants must sit the CSM’s Honours BMus Degree Course Entrance Test. The provisional date for the Entrance Test is Saturday 25th April, 2020.
Are past test papers available?
Yes. All CAO applicants receive a sample Honours BMus Degree Course Entrance Test. However, you can also download here, or request one by post from the CIT Cork School of Music’s Administrator, Union Quay, Cork, to check that you can meet the requirements of the practical, aural, and written elements.
Can I defer the results of my Entrance Exam from one year to the next?
No, candidates are not allowed to defer the results of the Entrance Exam.
Colm is a Musical Director working primarily in theatre. While undertaking the BMus degree at the CSM he studied piano with Gabriela Mayer and conducting with Alan Cutts. He also studied abroad during his third year through the Erasmus programme inTrieste, Italy, where he studied with Teresa Trevisan.
After graduation he continued to train as a conductor and subsequently moved to the UK to work in musical theatre. An avid arranger and orchestrator, his scores have been performed in New York, London and across the world on tour. Having worked on many projects across the UK and in the USA, Colm took over as Musical Director for one of the longest running productions in the world, “Starlight Express” in Bochum, Germany. He is currently on a world tour with “Wicked” the musical as Assistant Musical Director.