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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance

BA in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance

  • CAO CodeDC014
  • Course type Undergraduate
  • Qualification Honours Bachelors Degree
  • Duration 4 Years

From September 2017 the BA in Jazz Performance, currently offered by Newpark Music Centre will be renamed the BA in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance, and will be accredited by DCU.

A key feature of this programme includes the proposed continuation of an opportunity for students on the programme to transfer into Berklee College of Music in Boston (www.berklee.edu), one of the most prestigious music schools in the world in the field of contemporary music. Proposed programme modules include Instrumental and Vocal Tuition, Aural Training, Ensemble Performance, Composition and Arranging, Jazz History, and Music Business.

Application to the programme will be through the CAO, with the audition/performance assessment, subject to accreditation, taking place on Saturday/Sunday, 8/9th April for September 2017 entry.

An aural/theory test is not required.  As entry will be by audition, this will be a restricted entry programme, meaning prospective students will need to have selected this as one of their choices when completing their CAO application in February – availing of the CAO Change of mind facility will not be an option.

Why do this course?

  • Acquire the skills to become a high level performing musician
  • Play and perform extensively as part of the programme
  • Learn how to compose and arrange for a wide range of ensembles
  • Make international connections including, with the renowned Berklee College of Music
  • Prepare yourself for life as a professional musician
  • Work closely with some of Ireland’s most highly regarded performers

About the course

The course offers intensive jazz and contemporary music education within a focused, supportive learning environment. It is designed to provide a balance of “traditional” jazz techniques alongside contemporary approaches to improvisation, so that students can experience the full breadth of the contemporary music world and develop into creative, versatile and employable musicians.

A diverse and rigorous programme of study is organized throughout all four years of the programme. The course is concerned with five principal areas of study: 

  • Ensemble Studies
  • Instrumental Studies
  • Arranging and Composition Studies
  • Aural and Theoretical Studies
  • Contextual Studies

Ensemble Studies

The aim of these modules is to give students the skills to perform in ensembles at a high professional level in the world of contemporary music. Through working in ensembles, participants will be made aware of the techniques and traditions of jazz and related musics, such as funk, Afro-Cuban, Brazilan music.

Instrumental Studies

The aim of these modules is to provide learners with the instrumental and technical skills necessary in order to perform at a professional level in the contemporary music world. Learners will work on practice methods, identify goals, and acquire essential vocabulary through the study of the master soloists, and stylistic interpretation.

Arranging and Composition Studies

The aim of these modules is to introduce learners to the skills necessary for modern arranging, and to allow them to be conversant with the history, ethos and techniques of jazz and contemporary composition. Learners will become familiar with vital professional skills to enable them work as composers and arrangers in the field of modern music. Learners will also be introduced to the use of music technology as an arranging and composing aid.

Aural and Theoretical Studies

These modules will give learners a thorough grounding in contemporary harmony and theory, and give them the means to understand the theoretical and harmonic underpinning of contemporary jazz practice. In addition, the course will give learners the techniques to hear and identify all the common melodic, rhythmic and harmonic patterns used in jazz and other, related musics.

Contextual Studies

These modules will help learners understand the history of the development of music, of many genres, and their place in contemporary society. They will also give learners an insight into the methodology and philosophy of teaching. In addition they  will aim to develop musicological and critical thinking skills which will enable learners to have a sense of music in their own lives and how music is reflected in society.

Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.

 

Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.

 

A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.

Requirements

Leaving Certificate

There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.  Applicants will be expected to take an audition/performance pre-registration audition subject to accreditation.  The audition will take place on Saturday/Sunday 8/9th April 2017.  An aural/theory test is not required.  For more details on the Audition/Performance please click here.

GCE A Level

There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.  Applicants will be expected to take an audition/performance pre-registration audition, subject to accreditation.  The audition will take place on Saturday/Sunday 8/9th April 2017.   An aural/theory test is not required.  For more details on the Audition/Performance please click here.

Transfer Applications

No Entry Path

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February.  This is a restricted entry course.  Late applications cannot be accepted.

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU.  Applications must be submitted before 1st February 2017.  All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early as possible, as places are limited.

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures click here

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at cao.ie
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download an application form by clicking here