• Code: MK (Year One); ML (Year Two)
  • Certification: BTEC Higher National Diploma in Music (BTEC Higher National Certificate after year Level 6+ equivalence on the QCF
  • Duration: Two Years


The BTEC HND in Music Performance is an exciting new course which will develop your knowledge, understanding, skills and performance techniques as a musician for successful employment in the music industry or progression to further study. Both theoretical and practical musicianship skills are covered, combined with performance opportunities, event management, music technology and recording. In addition, students will get a broad insight into the music business from lecturers who are experienced musicians and industry practitioners. We offer the opportunity for study relevant to your tastes, covering popular styles and classical music. Solo and ensemble, vocal and instrumental training are given and there is high level private instrumental tuition available on demand.

Programme of Study

HNC – Year 1:

  • Creative Arts Research
  • Music in Context 
  • Music Notation 
  • Aural Perception 
  • Improvisation in Music
  • Music Technology 
  • Songwriting Technique
  • Band Rehearsal and Performance

HND – Year 2:

  • Marketing the Creative Arts
  • Preparation, Process & Production
  • Band Rehearsal and Performance
  • Improvisation in Music
  • Songwriting Techniques
  • Music Production
  • Public Performance Technology
  • Critical Music Listening

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • * Leaving Certificate with two honours, preferably one of these to be Music
  • * Ability to read music notation an advantage
  • * Performing ability on guitar, violin, piano/ keyboard or singing
  • * Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following successful interview and audition. Students should come prepared to play or sing 2 contrasting pieces with or without accompaniment. Video evidence will also be accepted in addition to the above. Ear tests will be given.

Career Opportunities
  • Live Events 
  • Promotion 
  • Community Arts 
  • Music Business 
  • Music Performance 
  • Cultural Venue Operations
  • Music Therapy
Higher Education Progression*

It is possible to progress to a degree course at one of the following (places not guaranteed)

BIMM Dublin certified by DIT

  • BA (Hons) in Commercial Modern Music


  • Creative Music Performance - (3rd Year)

DIT - Dublin Institute of Technology 

  • Bachelor of Music (BMus)
  • Bachelor of Music Education (BMusEd)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Creative and Cultural Industries – delivered by the College of Arts & Tourism 

RIAM - Royal Irish Academy of Music 

  • Bachelor in Music Performance 

Cork School of Music

  • Bachelor of Music (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music: Electric Guitar 
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music: Keyboards 
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music: Voice 

Dundalk Institute of Technology 

  • BA (Hons) in Applied Music 

Maynooth University 

  • Bachelor of Music 

Plus numerous colleges in the UK offering degrees in rock, popular music and classical. You could even go to Nottingham Trent University and acquire a degree in Heavy Metal Music Performance 

*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Co-Ordinator

Philip Dobie

Where are they now?

Ben Downes – Music Performance

"I am currently attending the Music Performance course at BIFE which so far has been a great experience for me. Along with the recording facilities in BIFE and live performance with fellow classmates, there are also lots of opportunities to improve and have fun. Having played music for a long time but never studying music theory, the subjects covered in the first year are perfect to fill in the gaps."

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