Music Performance

Our very practical Music Performance course will support your ambitions for a career as a performer, composer, producer, manager, teacher or technician. You will be supported to develop performance skills through specialist lessons for instrumental and ensemble performance in a range of different styles. The course will develop your theoretical understanding of music styles, composition and a detailed understanding of the music industry and music management.

As a practical course, assessment is through a range of live music performance projects, including live performance gigs at professional venues. We also have excellent progression links to music studies at Higher Education.

What Makes This Course Special

  • Talented musicians on our staff
  • Live gigs and performance projects
  • Professional facilities, including music practice suites and recording studio
  • Excellent progression routes
  • Collaboration with our partners VISUAL Carlow

Course Content

  • Music Performance
  • Music Industry Studies
  • Music Theory and Practice
  • Vocal Performance
  • Sound Engineering and Production
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Musician
  • Composer
  • Performer
  • Arts Administration
  • Music Management
  • Music Theory Studies
  • Promoter
  • Producer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Performing Arts Studio

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During my time in the Music Performance course, I was able to expand my horizons both musically and academically as well as being able to drive myself to become a better musician and performer. The teachers were brilliant and very helpful in all my modules. I am now in my second year of college in BIMM Institute Dublin, an achievement I would not have accomplished had it not been for the time spent in Carlow Institute.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate practical music skills, with a good level of competency in their chosen instrument/voice in addition to the
  • Standard entry requirements.


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Music 5M2011


  • 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: 415710
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.