Advanced Music Performance L6

Advanced Music Performance is a progressive course for performing musicians, building on the skills and knowledge previously achieved at Level 5. We focus on the development of high-level performance technique and support you to engage with the fast-paced music industry and its wide variety of career opportunities for skilled creatives.

In addition to solo and group performance development, you will build on your skills and knowledge in many related areas including song writing, sound engineering, event management, promotion and music management.

Your teaching team includes skilled practical musicians who will work with you to prepare you for a successful career in the music industry. As a performance-based course, your assessment projects will include live music performances and gigs, songwriting and studio recording. We will also help you to prepare for auditions for access to Higher Education progression opportunities.

What Makes This Course Special

  • New for 2024/25
  • Experienced musicians on our staff
  • Live gigs and performance projects
  • State-of-the-art facilities and equipment, including music practice suites and recording studio
  • The opportunity to write and record original songs
  • Excellent progression routes
  • Collaboration with our partners VISUAL Carlow
  • Detailed technical knowledge

Course Content

  • Music Performance
  • Music Theory and Practice
  • Studio & Location Sound Production
  • Event Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Personal & Professional Development

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Audition preparation for non-CAO Music Schools and Conservatoires
  • DK860 BA (Hons) in Music
  • DK865 BA (Hons) in Audio and Music Production
  • MT931 – MT935 BA in Popular Music
  • TU961 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Commercial Modern Music
  • SE206 BA (Hons) in Music
  • Performer
  • Arts Administrator
  • Music Manager
  • Event Manager
  • Songwriter


  • Producer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Promoter
  • Music Theory Studies
  • Performing Arts Studio

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Workplace Feedback

“Music is part of our national identity, our psyche, and our way of life. Beyond its important social and reputational contribution, however, music is a vital economic driver – both directly and indirectly. Music contributes more than €700 million to the Irish economy each year and supports more than 13,130 jobs”

Eleanor McEvoy,
Chairperson, IMRO

Entry Requirements


  • QQI Level 6 Advanced Music Performance 6M20602


  • All course fees, from registration to exams and awarding body fees as well as course materials and equipment are covered.
    (see costs, fees and finance)

Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

PLSS Code: 416417
Coordinator: Karen O’Neill

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.