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Education - Music Education

The Department of Arts Education and Physical Education in association with the Department of Music offer this specialised MA degree in Music Education. The degree involves an exploration of music teaching and learning processes from a range of social science perspectives and involves interdisciplinary studies in Education, Music and other related fields.

Who the course is for?

Anyone with an interest in music education including:

• Teachers (at primary, post-primary and music school/college levels)
• Policymakers
• Community/outreach workers
• Curriculum support personnel
• Professional/community musicians

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold either:

a) an honours primary degree with Music along with a post-graduate qualification in Education, or

b) an honours primary degree in Education with Music.

Applicants with equivalent, appropriate qualifications along with relevant professional experience may also be considered on a case by case basis.


How long is the course?
A one-year full-time or two-year part-time programme that requires completion of six modules and a dissertation

Further enquiries

For further information about the course, please contact: Gwen Moore or Phone (061) 204945

Subjects taught

What is the programme?
Taught modules will include guided studies in the following areas:

• Foundation Disciplines of Music Education
• Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Music Education
• Theories of Music Performance
• Psychology of Music
• Creativity and Music
• Music and Culture
• Developmental Theories of Music
• Sociological Perspectives on Music Education
• Principles and Practices of Research in Education
• Conceptions of Music Education
• Critical Perspectives on Music Teaching Methodologies
• Programme and Curriculum Design for Music
• Assessment and Evaluation in Music Education

The MA programme includes a student-directed Practicum module that caters for the professional and artistic interests of course participants.

Part-time Mode (Two Years)

The part-time course requires 6 contact hours per week over two semesters in Year One. Parts of these modules will be delivered online. 3 contact hours per week are required during the first semester of Year Two. A week-long summer course occurs in Year One also. Taught modules will normally be delivered in the evenings. Additional seminars and workshops may be included, as appropriate. Dissertation work will be carried out in Year Two.

Full-time Mode (One Year)

Delivery will be the same as for the part-time course with the exception that the dissertation work will be carried out during the same academic year. As well as this, full-time students take one extra module in Year One, semester one.

How long is the dissertation?
Students will be required to undertake substantial research leading to a final Dissertation of 20,000 – 25,000 words.

Application date

Applications for 2017 are currently being accepted.

If you are thinking about applying to a postgraduate research programme at MIC, please email and a member of the Research and Graduate School will get back to you. If you are interested in a taught Master’s programme, please contact the relevant Course Coordinator.

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