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Music and Composition

Course Code(s):  5M2011
QQI Award Code:  5M2011 Music
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Galway Technical Institute

Galway Technical Institute
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2011
QQI Award Code 5M2011 Music
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course provides learners with the skills and knowledge required to succeed in the professional music industry. The students will gain knowledge of music theory and its practical application to musical styles and genres. Students explore the structure of the music industry in addition to gaining practical skills in recording and producing music in a modern production environment. Students also learn how to plan and organise events as part of the course.

Throughout the year, students work on assigned projects proving their competence in a number of practical skill demonstrations. Throughout the year there is class room support for theoretical aspects of the programme. At the end of the year, written examinations are completed in certain subjects.

What will you Study?

Music Theory and Practice 5N1849
Music Industry Studies 5N1458
Sound Engineering and Production 5N1900
Music Technology 5N1640
Event Production 5N1374
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Word Processing 5N1358

Optional Modules:
Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths as an extra module.
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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EPAMX 5M2011

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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