Inaugural day-long event for students intending to study Music at WIT offered a sense of the required performance and music literacy standard required
Lecturers on the BA (Hons) Music in WIT’s School of Humanities welcomed 36 prospective Music students from schools and colleges of further education across the south east recently.
The event was run to inform CAO applicants about the BA (hons) Music programme and provide them with workshops on the auditions or entrance tests for the course. Students got the chance to attend masterclasses in performance technique on specific instruments and spend time in the recording studio.
While this is the first year the event was run, due to its success it is envisaged it will be an annual event.
Students travelled to WIT’s College Street campus from Carlow College of Further Education, Enniscorthy College of Further Education, De La Salle College Waterford, The Abbey Community College Ferrybank and Ursuline Secondary School Waterford.
All of the staff members from the BA (Hons) music programme were involved in the day.
Dr Hazel Farrell, Programme Leader, BA (Hons) Music said that the department received very positive feedback both from the visiting students and the staff that accompanied them.
“This event was extremely beneficial to both prospective and current students as they had the opportunity to work together and learn from each other. It provided the visiting students and their teachers with a deeper insight into the BA (Hons) Music programme at WIT and the required performance and music literacy standard.”
Anita Cullen, a teacher at Enniscorthy College of Further Education said: “It gave the students a glimpse into what college life would be like in WIT. My students found the workshops on the entrance tests very useful and it took the fear out of the process. The performances very enjoyable and it gave my students a standard to aspire to. The accessibility of the students and staff was refreshing and the sense of community was excellent”.
The 36 students attended the ensemble classes in the morning. The group divided into Jazz, Choir, Guitar, and Irish Traditional Ensembles and joined with the BA (Hons) Music students to rehearse.
The workshops on the entrance tests took place next, where lecturers from WIT ran through what would be expected in these tests with the prospective students.
A lunchtime concert took place in the Chapel where visiting students joined with WIT BA (Hons) Music students to perform together in a guitar ensemble piece they rehearsed in the morning session. Students from Carlow College of Further Education also performed several pieces, followed by WIT soloists and WIT Jazz Ensemble.
In the afternoon the visiting students divided between vocal and guitar masterclasses, and another group went to the recording studio where they had the opportunity to record each other performing.