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Music Education

About the course
This programme is designed for the contemporary practitioner in music education, whether teaching in a school or running a practice or studio. In today's society, a career in music education requires a broad range of disparate skills: a high level of mastery in performance; a thorough knowledge of music theory; an understanding of the psychology of music teaching and learning; and a practical working knowledge of music technology. Furthermore, music teachers require skills in management, business and arts organisation, as their work often takes them outside of the classroom through organising concerts, competitions and shows. The programme recognises that music education has to be relevant to young and mature learners, and to their ethnic culture, life experience and the popular culture to which they are exposed. To this end, the programme will facilitate and encourage performance and teaching in several genres – classical, traditional, non-Western, jazz and popular music. Successful graduates will be awarded a Higher Diploma in Arts in Music Education at QQI Level 8. Students will also be required to undertake 3 hours Teaching Practice per week for the duration of the programme.

Entry requirements

1. A primary degree in music
2. A primary degree in an unrelated discipline + Grade 8 practical music +Grade 6 in music theory.

*Applicants with relevant experiential learning will also be considered for all LSMD courses through the colleges APL/APEL policy.


1 Year. Students may opt to complete other progression routes in subsequent years.

Further enquiries

For Further Information
Please contact the Admissions Office
t: +353 1 415 0415

Subjects taught

Core subjects
Pedagogy and Teaching Placement 20 Credits
Psychology of Teaching and Learning 10 Credits
Professional Practice 5 Credits
Performance Education 10 Credits
Music Technology 5 Credits
Composition and Musicianship Skills 10 Credits


Validated by QQI.

Enrolment and start dates

Application can be made directly to the GCD Admissions Office or via the website

Applications for all direct entry programmes (undergraduate, postgraduate, part-time/evening time) must be made on the website and relevant* supporting documentation can be emailed to or posted to:

The Admissions Office,
Griffith College Dublin,
South Circular Road,
Dublin 8.

*All applications for direct entry to undergraduate programmes should include a copy of official Leaving Certificate results with the exception of mature applicants (who must supply evidence of date of birth).

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