The MA in Classical String Performance is a two-year, full-time postgraduate programme that facilitates two independent pathways in Keyboard Performance and String Performance. The curriculum emphasizes solo repertoire, chamber music, ensemble work, and accompanying, while encouraging interdisciplinary and collaborative projects across this and other degree programmes at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.
The course also includes:
Membership of Academos, the Irish Chamber Orchestra ensemble that combines ICO members and MA students
Specialised tuition in a wide range of performance practice techniques including audition techniques, Alexander, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, self-marketing, programme notes, performance anxiety, practice, professionalism, analysis. mindfulness, pedagogy, pilates, yoga….
Weekly session with accompanist, plus Intensive coaching week with guest pianist per year on duo sonata repertoire.
A choice of electives and independent studies that draw upon the resources of the Irish World Academy - including Trad, Multimedia, Improvisation, Music Therapy, Community Music and many more.
Students come from many countries from around the globe. Our graduates are employed as professional musicians, performing as soloists, chamber artists, or as members of orchestras. Many graduates are in teaching positions up to third level in their respective countries, while others are pursuing further studies or completing their doctorates.
The MA in Classical String Performance is a two-year, full-time postgraduate programme that facilitates two independent pathways in Keyboard Performance and String Performance, providing advanced tuition in piano, harpsichord, violin, viola, cello, and double bass. The curriculum emphasizes solo repertoire, chamber music, ensemble work, and accompanying, while encouraging interdisciplinary and collaborative projects across this and other degree programmes at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.
Technique, Repertoire and Style 1
Creative Process 1
Technique, Repertoire and Style 3
Technique, Repertoire and Style 2
Creative Process 2
Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.
Primary degree in a suitable discipline with first or second class honours or an approved equivalent qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland), or an equivalent capability based on prior professional experience. A performance audition, either in person or through audio or video recording, is required for all applicants. An interview will be required in all cases. Additional materials may be requested at the discretion of the course director.
What to include with your application
Qualification transcripts and certificates
English language qualification if English is not your first language
Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
A copy of your birth certificate (long document)
Two signed letters of personal recommendation.
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):
Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
Cambridge Assessment English - Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6