The distinguished musicians and artists of the Strings Faculty create an exciting and inspiring environment in which our talented students are nurtured and developed.

Undergraduate performance programmes include the Bachelor in Music, Diploma in Music Teaching and Performance and Access Course. Postgraduate performance programmes include the Master in Music, Recital Artist Diploma and Doctor in Music.

On our full-time programmes, students receive up to 2 hours one-to-one lessons with their principal study teacher. Students additionally have access to visiting artists in masterclasses, multiple chamber music coaches, performance class tutors, accompanists and sectional tutors, which include principal players from Ireland’s professional orchestras. Through an exciting programme of concert opportunities, published in our events calendar, students build up their performing experience. Students also perform with the RIAM Philharmonia, working with world-renowned guest conductors. Competitions, such as the Maura Dowdall Award, offer the winner the exceptional opportunity of a solo engagement with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.

At Junior level, individual tuition is combined with ensemble performance, starting with string orchestra and building up to symphony orchestra. Regular solo performance opportunities are offered in Faculty Concerts. Competitions for junior level string players include the John Pollard Bursary for Young Violinists and Junior Solo Competition. Students accepted onto the Young Scholar Programme additionally receive masterclasses with visiting artists and chamber music coaching.