Diploma in Music Teaching and Performance Admission Criteria

Admissions to the Diploma in Music Teaching and Performance Programme at The Royal Irish Academy of Music will be administered through direct application to the RIAM. The closing date for applications is December 1st.

Qualifications or equivalent
Applicants for the course are required to have:
85% or higher in the Grade VIII RIAM Local Centre examination, or Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, or Guildhall school of Music London, or Trinity College London or from comparable institutions in other countries*                                                                                      or
Satisfactory attendance at the RIAM’s Access Course.

* Where a student has not attained the required audition requirements, he/she may apply with a recommendation from his/her teacher.  

Matriculation requirements
To be considered for admission to the course applicants must have the following qualifications in
Leaving Certificate examination terms or
General Certificate of Education/General Certificate of Secondary Education examination terms or
equivalent second level examination
Subjects acceptable for matriculation requirements are listed below (see acceptable subjects)
Leaving Certificate examination
A pass in English
A pass in mathematics and a pass in a language other than English or
A pass in Latin and a pass in a subject other than a language
A pass in three further subjects
Six subjects must be presented in all and three of these must be of a standard of at least grade C3 on higher Leaving Certificate papers
A pass for requirements (i), (ii), and (iii) means grade D3 or above on higher and ordinary papers in the Leaving Certificate
Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme Link Modules are accepted for points purposes only and are awarded the following points: distinction – 70, merit – 50, pass – 30.
General Certificate of Education/General Certificate of Secondary Education examinations
A pass in English language
A pass in mathematics and a pass in a language other than English or
A pass in Latin and a pass in a subject other than a language
A pass in three further subjects
Six subjects must be presented in all and two of these must be of a standard of at least   grade C on ‘A’ level papers.
A pass for requirements for English, Mathematics and a pass in a language other than English or a pass in Latin and a pass in a subject other than a language and a pass in three futher subjects  means grade C or above on GCSE or Advanced Subsidiary level papers:
Applicants may combine grades achieved in different sittings of General Certificate of Education/General Certificate of Secondary Education examinations for the purpose of satisfying matriculation requirements (with the exception of medicine).
‘AS’ level grades will not be accepted for the purpose of satisfying specific course requirements.
Other school leaving qualifications
Applicants who are presenting a second level qualification other than Leaving Certificate or Advanced GCE (‘A’ level) should consult the Trinity College Dublin website as a guide for matriculation and requirements acceptable to the RIAM (http://www.tcd.ie/Admissions/undergraduate/requirements/matriculation/other).
Acceptable subjects
All subjects of the Leaving Certificate examination are acceptable with the following exceptions: Irish at foundation level is not acceptable; mathematics at foundation level is acceptable for matriculation purposes only (excluding courses in the School of Nursing and Midwifery). In addition GCE/GCSE subjects set by recognised examination boards, including modular ‘A’ levels, are, in principle, acceptable for consideration with the following exceptions: physical education; general studies; media studies. Applied A level, Vocational Advanced Subsidiary, Vocational A level, National Vocational and Key Skills qualifications are not accepted for either matriculation or scoring purposes. Applicants who require advice about subject eligibility should contact the Admissions Office.

In exceptional circumstances where the candidate shows a high level of musical ability but does not meet the matriculation requirements, such candidates may be accepted subject to the approval of the Senior Lecturer, TCD.

Mature applicants
An exemption from Leaving Certificate or equivalent academic requirements may be made in the case of mature students who have reached the age of 23 before commencing the course. Mature EU/EEA (including Swiss, Norwegian and Icelandic) candidates for full-time study should apply to the Royal Irish Academy of Music by 1st February in the year of entry.

Competence in the English language – all classes/lectures/seminars are conducted through English. Students whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:
Examination
Minimum Level Required
Irish Leaving Certificate Grade D3 or better in Ordinary level English
GCSE Grade C or better in English Language
US High School Grade C in English taken in final year
TOEFL 233 – computer-based (with a score of 4.5 in essay)
570 – Paper based (with a TWE score of 4.5)
90 – internet-based (with a written score of 21)
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English Grade A
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade C
IELTS (Academic Version ) 6.5 (no individual band below 6)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) PTE Academic: a minimum of 63 (with no section score below 59)

Note:
Examination results for tests 4-8 above are only valid for 2 years.  Students who do not meet the minimum English language requirement can apply for the International Foundation Year before progressing on to selected courses (for more information on the International Foundation Year please see http://www.studygroup.com/isc/trinity/

Applications
All prospective applicants must submit online by 1st December the following documents:

  • Completed online application form
  • Online payment of the relevant non-refundable application fee
  • A copy of applicant’s birth certificate
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae which should include details of your performing career to date e.g. Concerts, Recitals, Feiseanna, Broadcasts, Orchestral/Chamber Music/Ensemble experience etc., as well as the applicant’s examination record and any other information they would consider helpful to your application
  • Proof of competence in English in the case of students for whom English is not the first language
  • Proof of Grade 8 Local Centre practical exam or its equivalent
  • Written recommendations from two musicians, who may be the applicant’s teachers, confirming the suitability of the applicant for the course
  • Applicants may submit an unedited DVD of a recent performance [optional]
  • A personal statement may be included.  Applicants may choose to indicate why they wish to undertake this programme, what they hope to achieve and why they specifically wish to study at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.