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This programme is designed for the contemporary practitioner in music education, whether you are interested in teaching in a school or running a practice or studio. Read more
This programme is designed for the contemporary practitioner in music education, whether you are interested in teaching in a school or running a practice or studio.

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.

Core Modules

• Conducting and Composition
• Music Technology
• Practical Musicianship
• Professional Practice
• Pedagogy and Teaching Practice
• Theory of Teaching and Learning

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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The Department of Arts Education and Physical Education in association with the Department of Music offer this specialised MA degree in Music Education. Read more
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

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.

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