• 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: One or Two Years (option of second year to achieve a Higher National Diploma)


The BTEC in Music Performance is an exciting 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. If you want the foundations for launching your solo career, this is the course for you.

Programme of Study

HNC - Year One

  • The Music Industry
  • Marketing & Promotion for Musicians
  • Professional Development
  • Applied Music Theory
  • Performance
  • Instrumental Technique
  • Songwriting
  • The Evolution of the Instrument

HND - Year Two

  • Creative Research Project  
  • Musical Direction in Practice 
  • Advanced Performance Skills  
  • Live Arrangement Skills
  • Advanced Composition Techniques  
  • Advanced Sound Engineering 
  • Composing To A Brief 
  • Live Mixing

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent with a performing ability on guitar, violin, piano/ keyboard or singing. Ability to read music notation an advantage.
  • 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.

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

Examples of potential courses include:

  • BIMM Dublin certified by TU Dublin:

BA (Hons) in Commercial Modern Music

  • IADT:

Creative Music Performance – (3rd Year)

  • TU Dublin:

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 (Hons) Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Popular Music: Electric Guitar

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Popular Music: Keyboards

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) 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

Course Co-Ordinator

Philip Dobie

Where are they now?

Jonathan Barker - Music Performance

"I attended first and second year of Music Performance at BIFE and I would recommend it to any musician. Throughout the course, I had a great time meeting other musicians and working together to learn and perform. My time in BIFE was the most fun and beneficial academic years of my life. Even though I had no experience in theory, I was able to pick up on it in no time without stress. Though the music course, I was able to get into Commercial Modern Music (guitar stream) in BIMM Dublin." 

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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