Students who list WD027 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Music on their CAO before 1 February 2022, will have the option of submitting an audition video (Submissions by Friday 21 April 2023) or attending a Zoom audition which will take place from Thursday 20 and Friday 21 April 2023.
If you do not receive details about these alternative arrangements, please email [email protected]
The BA (Hons) in Music is a four year full-time degree which aims to give the student a well-rounded third level music education. The course offers a balance between practical and theoretical modules within the context of the principal music genres (classical, Irish traditional, jazz and popular). This diversity will serve the student well both in the current job market and in pursuing postgraduate study opportunities.
The BA (Hons) in Music offers a unique opportunity to embrace the classical, Irish traditional or jazz and popular music genres. The balance between academic and practical music subjects is very desirable in the current job market, and the opportunity to specialise in Year 4 allows the student to focus on their strengths.
Please note that the BA (Hons) in Music is a restricted course, applicants must apply by 1 February.
Should you be offered and accept a place on WD027, tuition will be provided in the instruments listed in the attached document titled [PDF] WD027 Instrument Listing. You will be required to specialise in one of these instruments.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Aural Skills 1||Music History 2: Popular Music|
|Critical Thinking & Writing Skills||Music Research Methodologies|
|Music History 1 - The History of Early Music to the Baroque||Music Technology 2|
|Music Technology 1||Musicianship 1: Vocal & Irish Traditional Music Skills|
|Performance 1||Performance 2|
|Rudiments of Music 1||Rudiments of Music 2|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Professional Development for Musicians||Composition and Analysis 1|
|Aural Skills 2||Music History 4 - Irish Traditional Music and Ethnomusicology|
|Composition and Orchestration 1||Music Technology 4|
|Music History 3-Classical and Romantic||Musicianship 2: Keyboard Skills & Fretboard Skills|
|Music Technology 3||Performance 4|
|Performance 3||Elective options|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|Aural Skills 3||Composition and Analysis 2|
|Composition and Orchestration 2||Community Connect|
|Music History 5 - The History of 20th Century & Contemporary Music||Music History 6 – The History of Jazz|
|Music Pedagogy||Musicianship 3: Improvisation and Conducting|
|Performance 5||Performance 6|
|Recording Techniques||Sound Synthesis and Sampling|
|Semester 7||Semester 8|
|Choose two of the following electives:||Choose two of the following electives:|
|Music History||Music History|
|*Music Technology||*Music Technology|
|* = Elective||* = Elective|
There is a wide range of history options; some examples include ethnomusicology, baroque, popular music since 1950, Irish contemporary music, traditional Irish music and the Beebop era.
In addition students also study technical subjects such as:
Digital, Audio & Acoustics
Advanced Recording Techniques
Students take part in a weekly large performance group (Jazz, Chamber Choir, Guitar, Irish Traditional and Orchestra).
Major & Minor
In Year 4, students can choose a major and a minor in the following subjects:
Advanced Music Technology
The delivery of electives will depend on the demand and resources available.
2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
A degree in music is a valuable asset for access to many other careers. In particular, music graduates are sought after in professions which demand a high level of personal confidence, communication skills and expressive ability. Graduates of the course have found employment in:
Many graduates continue with one of our postgraduate MA & PhD programmes, or there Professional Master of Education or Masters programmes in relevant areas. Graduates can also apply for a place on our taught MA in Arts and Heritage Management. Postgraduate opportunities in music at SETU Waterford include:
All students who have applied for the BA (Hons) in Music at SETU Waterford and hope to gain entrance to the programme must submit an audition video by Friday 21 April 2023 or attend a Zoom audition between Thursday 20 and Friday 21 April 2023. For more information contact Dr. Hazel Farrell - Course Leader BA (Hons) in Music (email: [email protected] / tel: +353 51 302263).
There is a Try Music event held Thursday 24 November in SETU Waterford. Details for this event are available at https://www.setu.ie/events/try-music-2022 or you can contact the course leader.