Applicants for Bachelor Degree Courses

Bachelor of Arts in Performance Degree (Instrumental and Vocal Studies)
Bachelor of Arts in Composition Degree
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All existing students currently on these Degrees, or joining any cohort other than that of Year One from September 2013, will remain registered students of Dublin City University.

All incoming first year students will be registered students of Trinity College Dublin.  The previously-listed CAO code for these degrees (DC 211 and DC 212) related to our previous accrediting university, Dublin City University, and no longer apply.

Information for prospective students:
The Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) has recently become an Associated College of Trinity College, Dublin. From September 2013, the above-named degrees taught at the RIAM will be accredited by Trinity College, Dublin. This means that students commencing Year One of these Degrees at the Royal Irish Academy of Music from September 2013 will also be registered students of Trinity College, Dublin.

Students can apply for the RIAM degrees by direct entry to the Royal Irish Academy of Music, 36 Westland Row, Dublin 2. The closing date for application is 1st February 2013. There is no CAO code and application is not through CAO. The application process is handled directly within RIAM and a list of successful applicants following audition and interview is then sent to TCD for formal offer.

Applicants for the course are required to have:
1 The minimum matriculation requirements for Trinity College Dublin courses – these degrees are not part of the CAO point’s race. International applicants will have their school results checked by the TCD international equivalence table, so these candidates should submit their school result transcript (if known yet) with their application.

Applicants are also required:
(a) To fill in the official Application Form with a non-refundable application fee of €75 sent to General Office, Royal Irish Academy of Music, 36-38 Westland Row, Dublin 2

(b) To submit a comprehensive musical C.V. which should include details of your performing or composing career to date e.g. Concerts, Recitals, Feiseanna, Orchestral/Chamber Music/Ensemble experience, composition summer schools etc., and any other information you would consider helpful to your application and, in particular, your music examination record.

(c) Composition applicants must submit a portfolio of original compositions (approximately 5) across a range of instruments.

(d) To supply written recommendations from two musicians, one of whom may be the applicant’s teacher.

(e) To supply a photocopy of your birth certificate.

(f) To sit a written paper, which will include a harmony question in simple choral style of approximately the current Leaving Certificate (higher-level paper) standard of difficulty. Aural tests will also be given. Applicants are required to pass both the written paper and the aural tests in order to be considered for admission to the course.

(g) To perform, at audition, a balanced and stylistically contrasting programme of fifteen minutes music, consisting of not less than two works or songs. The audition/interview panel reserves the right to hear all or part of any work presented. Such programmes must include item(s) prescribed (see list below) appropriate to the applicant’s instrument/voice.


(h) To take a Prepared Sight Reading Test by performing a piece given to the applicant 10 minutes before the audition interview.

(i) To be interviewed.

The audition/interview panel, taking into account the excellence of the applicant’s present performing ability/composition portfolio and potential, will make the final selection. The annual intake is 20 students approximately.

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Prescribed items for entry audition
First Movement of a Sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven
: One choral prelude or one Fugue by J.S. Bach
Harpsichord: One three part invention by J.S. Bach
Violin, Viola, Cello and Guitar: One unaccompanied movement by J.S. Bach
Double Bass: Any study from Simandl Book No. 2
Concert Harp:
J.L. Dussek: Two movements (one fast one slow) from Sonata in C minor, Op. 2 No. 3
Recorder: Study No. 1 by Bruggen from Five Studies for Finger Control
A movement of a Mozart Flute Concerto
Oboe: Study No. 20 or No. 30 by Ferling from 48 Studies or one study by Luft 24 Studies Clarinet:  Any two studies from “30 Studies” by Muller (Publ. Ricordi) 
Study No. 5 by Jancourt, from 26 Melodic Studies Op. 15
French Horn:
One Study from: Kopprash – Book 2, or Maxim Alphonse – Books 3,4,5 – or J. F. Gallay – All 6 Books, – or Herman Neuling – Book 2
 Two movements (one fast one slow) from Haydn or Hummel Concerto or Donato, Prelude and Allegro
  Guilmant : Concertino
Knowledge of rudimental vocabulary. One concert etude of three minutes duration by Firth, Cirone or Delecluse
Demonstrate two + four mallet skills including two octavemajor/minor/chromatic scales and arpeggios
One concert etude or solo of three minutes duration. Suggested authors: Goldenberg, Bach (adapted) or Vivaldi (adapted)
Demonstrate technical proficiency with pitch matching and internal tuning, rolls, cross-sticking and sight-reading. A two to four drum etude of three minutes duration. Suggested authors: Goodman or Firth
Singing: One Aria Antica, one Song or Aria in German or French and one song in English