BMusPerf (Instrumental)

  • Application deadline
    30 November (Early Bird rate)
  • Course duration
    4 years
  • Course accreditation
    Trinity Accredited Course
  • Course fee
    €3,000 per annum
  • Course fee (non-EU/EEA)
    €19,000 per annum

Course Introduction

The BMus degree is aimed at instrumental musicians who wish to pursue a career in music performance.  RIAM BMus students benefit from:

  • The highest number of one-to-one tuition hours of any undergraduate programme in Europe
  • A busy performance schedule with guaranteed solo, chamber, opera and large ensemble projects
  • Frequent masterclasses and contact with internationally acclaimed musicians, with opportunities to make vital contacts and be inspired
  • A small and friendly student cohort in a conservatoire, connected to Ireland's leading University, Trinity College Dublin
  • A holistic component preparing the musician for a varied career
  • Small academic classes to help you excel in theoretical studies

For more information on the BMusPerf course relevant to your instrument, please follow the links below: 

  1. BMusPerf (Keyboard)
  2. BMusPerf (Strings)
  3. BMusPerf (Wind, Brass & Percussion)


Photo: Colm Hogan

Course Outline

The BMusPerf programme is four years long.

Each study year runs for 30 weeks from September to June:  24 academic teaching weeks and 6 performance spotlight weeks. There are no academic classes during the performance spotlight weeks, but your practical lessons continue across all weeks.

The performance spotlight weeks provide you with the time and space to focus solely on string solo or ensemble projects with international and national tutors and conductors.

The BMusPerf degree at the RIAM takes in small numbers of students each year, ensuring you will have a lot of contact time with your tutors.

This course includes:

  • Two hours each week in your one-to-one lesson
  • An hour a week with an accompanist
  • Weekly chamber music coaching
  • Access to a range of orchestral opportunities
  • Frequent masterclasses
  • Small academic classes to help you excel in theoretical studies


Entry Requirements

The closing date for applications is 30 November (Early Bird application fee of €50) and 4 January (Full application fee of €100). 

Auditions are held in late January. 

You will be asked to perform two contrasting pieces after which there will be a short interview.

You will also take a written theory test and an aural test. You don’t need to have studied grades to apply, but we do recommend Grade 6 RIAM Local Centre/ABRSM theory level as a minimum standard.

Normally applicants receive their result within one month of the audition/interview.

Find out more at the following link: How to apply (Degrees & Programmes)

Course handbook

To view the current course handbook, please follow the link below. 

BMusPerf (Instrumental) Handbook