BA (Hons) in Music

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)Music

Full Time
2019 CAO range:
        290 - 390
College Street
4 years
240 ECTS

Due to the current circumstances, alternative arrangements have been put in place for the auditions for the BA (Hons) Music programme at WIT. There are two options available:

  1. Submission of a link to a private YouTube video audition; or

  2. A Zoom audition

If you did not receive details about these alternative arrangements, please email

[email protected]

What is the BA (Hons) in Music course?

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.

BA (Hons) in Music course special features

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.

Restricted Course

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.

Read what the class of 2019 have to say

Year One

Semester One

Semester Two

Critical Thinking & Writing Skills

Music Research Methodologies

Music Technology 1

Music Technology 2

Composition 1

Composition 2

Performance 1

Performance 2

*Keyboard Skills

*Keyboard Skills

*Vocal Skills

*Vocal Skills

*Fretboard Skills

*Fretboard Skills



*Irish Traditional Practical

*Irish Traditional Practical

*General Musicianship

*General Musicianship 2 


Year Two, Three & Four

Music History 

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.

Technical Subjects

In addition students also study technical subjects such as:

  • Music Technology

  • 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:

  • Composition

  • Dissertation

  • Performance

  • Advanced Music Technology

The delivery of electives will depend on the demand and resources available.

Leaving Cert: Minimum entry requirements for BA (Hons) in Music

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7

Additional Requirements for BA (Hons) in Music:

  • In addition to Leaving Certificate, students are required to attend for written and aural musical tests and to show a performance standard achievement with a musical instrument/voice equivalent to grade 5 of a recognised music examining body.
  • All applicants must attend for the written examination and aural test to be considered for a place.
  • Please note that the BA (Hons) in Music is a restricted course, applicants must apply by 1 February.

Advanced and Equivalent Entry for BA (Hons) in Music:

BA (Hons) in Music career opportunities

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 as:

  • Performing
  • Music Publishing and Editing
  • Arts Management
  • Multi-media Composers and Arrangers
  • Music Therapy
  • Music Journalism

Video: Music graduates tell us about their careers

Follow on Study for BA (Hons) in Music graduates 

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 WIT include:

  • MA in Music Performance
  • MA in Musicology
  • MA in Composition
  • PhD in Musicology
  • PhD in Composition

More Student Stories

Music Auditions 2020

The BA (Hons) in Music auditions will take place from Saturday, 28 March to Wednesday, 1 April 2020. All students who have applied for the BA (Hons) in Music at WIT and hope to gain entrance to the programme must attend for audition.  For more information contact Dr. Hazel Farrell - Course Leader BA (Hons) in Music (email: [email protected] / tel: +353 51 302263).

Test Downloads

The Music Student Experience 

There is a Music Student Experience event held during Spring every year in WIT. Details for this event are available at or you can contact the course leader.

Course Brochure

Click here to download a copy of the pdf of music course flyer BA (Hons) in Music course brochure.

Course Leader

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