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Music Performance

Music Performance

Music Performance

Course Code: 5M2011

QQI Level 5

Course Details

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Course Outline

This music plc course is designed for students who are seeking to pursue a career in music performance or continue to further music education at third level. The programme modules compliment the creative music performance work of the student by giving a broad knowledge base on the music industry, composition and theory skills. Students also perform regularly in live music venues in Galway City as part of their assessment and work experience.


GCC Student Services Fee of €175 applies to all learners.
€200 Government Levy Fee applies to all learners except:

  • Those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance.
  • Medical Card Holders (valid at time of Registration).
  • Those in receipt of a SUSI Grant.
  • Those on a VTOS scheme.

An exam free of €50 for QQI Level 5 and €80 for QQI Level 6 applies to all learners except

  • Those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance.
  • Medical Card Holders (valid at time of Registration).

Non EU Students are subject to an International Fee.

We advise non-EU citizens living outside Ireland to contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service on to ensure the course you are considering applying for is eligible for a student visa. Non-EU citizens living in Ireland are welcome to apply and require a PPS number (Personal Public Service Number). Non-EU citizens are required to pay a tuition fee set by the Irish government which is currently €3653. Some exemptions apply, for further information, please contact .

Work Experience

Work experience takes place throughout the academic year in different areas of the music industry including recording, concerts, sessions, teaching or event production.

Special Features

Perform in Galway city and record in professional studios. Publish your music on the latest Sibelius software. Preparation for University and ABRSM examinations

Entry Requirements

QQI Level 4, minimum of 17 years of age at time of registration, Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied, Equivalent qualifications from other countries, relevant life experiences, relevant work experiences and mature students.

Students are expected to play their chosen instrument/voice to a high performance standard. Auditions take place at the end of August where applicants are required to perform two short and contrasting pieces.

Please Note

Galway Community College reserves the right to make changes to any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the college and a student or a third party.

Course Modules

This programme module aims to facilitate the learner to develop the academic, vocational & personal language, literacy and/or numeracy skills related to Communications. It will assist the learner in understanding the use of modern information and communications technology integrated with the role played by communications and relevant legislation in human interaction.
Students will learn to critically analyse and compare Irish music styles with other genres, compose and arrange music in different styles, and gain a broad knowledge of Irish folk, traditional and contemporary music.
Students cover a diverse range of industry topics from legal and technological developments to identifying and analysing key organisations and professionals. The course examines the recording process, contracts and finance and management skills.
Students will learn to rehearse effectively considering repertoire, communication, and technique, leading to a number of live music performances throughout the academic year.
Students cover a wide range of music theory in this module, always relating it to their instrument to gain functional musicianship. The module covers aural training and awareness.
This programme module aims to provide a Learner with the personal knowledge, skills and capacity to participate in a suitable work placement under supervision for a limited time. It will also facilitate the learner to develop an understanding of the world of work and employment, Including the rights and responsibilities of both employer and employee.

Progression Routes

CK103 Bachelor of Music
DK860 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Music
DT 501 Bachelor of Music
DT506 Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Modern Music
LM030 Bachelor of Arts in Irish Music and Dance
LM 114 Bachelor of Science in Music, Media and Performance Technology
MD401 Bachelor of Religious Education with Music
MH103 Bachelor of Music
TL803 Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology
WD027 Bachelor of Music

Career Opportunities

Previous students have gained part-time employment as sessions musicians as well as freelance work with a variety of bands and ensembles. A number of students are currently working full-time in the area of music performance and production.

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