RIAM Adult Division

Begin, deepen, or revive your relationship with music and performance with Ireland's leading teachers at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

RIAM Adult Division

Begin, deepen, or revive your relationship with music and performance.

The RIAM Adult Division provides expert group coaching, special topic training, and Continuous Professional Development to music enthusiasts and professionals. No matter your ability, experience, or age, you can develop a deep and lasting connection to music through new learning, inspirational leaders, and shared experiences.  

RIAM’s world-class faculty of performers and educators lead courses across a range of musical disciplines including group performance (classical and jazz), musicianship, music history and appreciation, and Continuous Professional Development for music professionals.

Whether you are a full-time or part-time musician, teacher, hobbyist, or amateur with professional ambitions, the RIAM Adult Division is a fun, creative and supportive home for music education in Ireland. 

Vibrant music courses, open to all. Find your passion.

Click on a course name below for more info. January 2023 courses will start the week of the 23rd of January (individual course dates/times depend on which class you sign up for). Keep an eye on our social media for further information.

If you are interested in joining an AD Group lessons but unsure about your entry-level (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced), please click here to access our self-assessment tool. 

Please note: AD group class participants must supply their own instruments for their lessons. (Exception piano-related classes). 

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Join a Group or Ensemble

Share your love of music with like-minded musicians at weekly group instrument lessons with expert tutors. Develop new relationships as you improve your performance skills, learn new repertoire and present concerts with your new group. (Max group size 3 - 5). Course lengths range from 8 to 12 weeks per session, running twice per year (Sept-Dec, Jan-Apr) with opportunities to progress to more advanced classes.

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Improve Musicianship & Performance

Explore a range of courses specially designed by industry professionals to improve your musicianship and performance skills, from Choral Conducting to Sight-Singing using the Kodaly Method.

Lecture / Appreciation

Explore Talks and Seminars

Join eminent RIAM Faculty for a series of fascinating talks and seminars on Music History and Appreciation.

Future talks will see the return of RIAM Director Deborah Kelleher's famous and fast-paced 'history of' series, and Discovering Opera with Head of Vocal Studies Kathleen Tynan.

Previous series include:

RIAM piano Professor Anthony Byrne's Introduction to the great piano repertoire and pianists of the 20th and 21st century, with guest performances from the Academy's most promising third-level pianists.

Tim Norris examining rock music through its stylistic development, influence, and social context. Guiding course participants in developing basic listening skills as applied to studying rock music.

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Upskill with specially designed CPD courses for music professionals

You're a busy music teacher with students to teach and prepare for, a school to promote and run, and a never-ending to-do list. It can be hard to find the time for Continuous Professional Development, yet you know it is essential. Join colleagues from all over the country on short, sharp CPD courses designed to upskill music professionals in the most important areas. Many courses are available on-demand to complete in your own time.

Are you interested in joining RIAM Adult Division?