Traditional irish Music

Programme Aim

The music course in Drumshanbo is an ideal opportunity for those that wish to enhance their existing musical skills or those that wish to begin a new musical adventure. Through the study of traditional Irish music, students develop their aural skills (learning by ear) as well as gaining the music literacy skills to notate and understand printed collections of music.

The course is very practical by nature – students will be playing, singing or dancing every day – and it is through the process of learning tunes that students’ musical skills are developed. The course aims to provide students with the skills and confidence to arrange set lists, rehearse effectively and perform.

Entry Requirements

Education: No formal education or qualifications are required although applicants may have participated in primary and secondary education. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a standard of knowledge, skill and competence equivalent to NFQ Level 4 when accessing a Level 5 programme.

Aptitude: Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.

Previous Experience: N/A

There will be an informal interview with all applicants to assess suitability to the course.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this programme learners will have the skills, knowledge and competency to work independently and under supervision as a practitioner in the music industry and or to progress to further and or higher education and training.


  • Music Performance 5N1301
  • Event Production 5N1374
  • Irish Music 5N1454
  • Music Theory and Practice 5N1849
  • Music Industry Studies 5N1458
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Work Experience 5N1356

Further Details

These courses:

  • Are FREE of charge.
  • Allow you retain your social welfare benefits (even if you miss a day of class).
  • Provide an increase to €232 for students aged 21—25 who are on an aged reduced rate of payment
  • Qualify for National Childcare Scheme (NCS) formerly known as CETS.
  • Provide meal and travel allowances.
  • Provide the loan of a laptop for the duration of the course.
  • Provide CV and interview preparation.
  • Provide one to one meetings with an adult guidance counsellor.
  • With a potential 390 CAO points available there is the opportunity of progression to Institutes of Technology.
  • Provide Microsoft Office Specialist as an ad-on.
  • Include relevant work experience and field trips.
  • Include the opportunity to travel abroad for 2 weeks work experience under the Erasmus+ Programme – accommodation, travel and living expenses are covered.
  • Utilise the local link bus service from Carrick on Shannon brings students to Drumshanbo town in the mornings and brings students back in the evening.


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