Music Education

Why Study Music Education at Griffith College?

The Higher Diploma in Arts in Music Education is available on a full or part-time basis over a 1-Year Period, Ireland's only specialised certification in music education qualifications. The programme will allow students to concentrate on developing their skills with a view to progressing on to a music teaching qualification.

Modules are certified under HETAC's Accumulation of Credits and Certification of Subjects Scheme (ACCS).

A range of study options are available including part-time evening study, with the possibility to take the programme in three stages under the QQI ACCS scheme.

Access to performance oriented facilities, including a 600-seater concert hall and an impressively stocked drama library.

Access to fully equipped studios with the latest industry-standard music software for writing, recording, performing, editing, mixing and composing music.

Highly focused and experienced teachers, many of whom are active in the performance arena

The core content of the programme centres around 72 hours of teaching time (3 hours per week), catalogued in the student's Teaching Portfolio.

Entry requirements

Primary degree in Music or Primary degree in an unrelated discipline + Grade 8 practical music + Grade 6 in music theory. Candidates with significant prior experience in music education or performance may also be considered under the College's APL and APEL policy. In all such cases, candidates will be required to submit their application for consideration by the College's academic and professional council and may be required to present for interview and/or audition.

Subjects taught

Core Subjects
Music Technology
Professional Practice
Pedagogy and Music Teaching Placement
Psychology of Teaching and Learning
Composition and Musicianship Skills
Performance Education


1 year part-time

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Academic Progression

Graduates of the Higher Diploma in Arts in Music Education may progress on to study at Masters Level, and this programme would equip students for research interests in the following areas: Music Education, Performance and Composition, Psychology of Music Teaching and, Learning, Popular Music Education, Music in Early Childhood, The Arts in Education.

Career Progression

Graduates of the Higher Diploma in Arts in Music Education would be qualified to teach instrumental music, either as private practitioners, or on instrumental programmes which are run through both the public and private sectors.

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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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