Music - Classical String Performance

The MA offers advanced string and keyboard tuition in violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano and harpsichord. The programme emphasizes solo playing, chamber music, and accompanying, while encouraging interdisciplinary and collaborative projects with instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers from other degree programmes. While maintaining the continuation of the well-known Classical Music traditions, the MA programme also aims to cater for the emerging needs of musicians entering into the global cultural life of the 21st century.

This MA Classical String Performance is unique due to its partnership with the Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO).

All students receive a weekly instrumental lesson with the relevant ICO principal plus technique lessons and chamber coaching with ICO members.

The course also includes:
•Membership of Academos, the Irish Chamber Orchestra ensemble that combines ICO members and MA students
•Specialised tuition in a wide range of performance practice techniques including audition techniques, Alexander, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, self-marketing, programme notes, performance anxiety, practice, professionalism, analysis. mindfulness, pedagogy, pilates, yoga….
•Weekly session with accompanist, plus Intensive coaching week with guest pianist per year on duo sonata repertoire.
•A choice of electives and independent studies that draw upon the resources of the Irish World Academy - including Trad, Multimedia, Improvisation, Music Therapy, Community Music and many more.

Entry requirements

Primary degree in a suitable discipline with first or second class honours or an approved equivalent qualification (Primary degree: level 8 QQI), or an equivalent capability based on prior professional experience.

A performance audition, either in person or through audio or video recording, is required for all applicants.

An interview will be required in all cases.

Additional materials may be requested at the discretion of the course director.

What to include with your application
•Qualification transcripts and certificates
•English language qualification if English is not your first language
•Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
•A copy of your birth certificate (long document)
•Two signed letters of personal recommendation.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
•University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.


2 years full time. MACSPETFAD

Careers or further progression

Students of the Masters in Classical String performance programme come from many countries including Australia, Azerbaijan, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States. Our graduates are employed as professional musicians, soloists, chamber musicians or as members of professional orchestras and ensembles including the Irish Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, RTE Concert Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Con Tempo Quartet, Stradivari Quartet, Kuala Lumpur Symphony Orchestra, Concerto Malaga, Gyor Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and Prague Chamber Orchestra. Many graduates are in teaching positions up to third level in their respective countries while others are pursuing further studies or completing their doctorates.

Further enquiries

Course Director: Dr Niall Keegan
The Irish World Academy of Music & Dance
Tel : 353 61 202465
Fax : 353-6-202589

Subjects taught

Semester 1: Technique, Repertoire and Style 1, Ensemble 1, Creative Process 1

Semester 2: Technique, Repertoire and Style 2, Ensemble 2, Creative Process 2

Semester 3: Technique, Repertoire and Style 3, Ensemble 3, Elective

Semester 4: Final Presentation

Application date

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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