All our fully accredited, intensive courses are for individuals who are committed to a career in music or the music industry. All tutors at BIMM are highly skilled in their specialist area and remain actively engaged with the contemporary music industry.
In addition to our superb teaching spaces, with full PA and backline, we have put together a comprehensive collection of pro-vintage and modern equipment for all specialisms, with which the musicians at BIMM are enouraged to develop their own style and innovative approaches.
Teaching at BIMM is comprised of group learning sessions in specialist groups and in live performance workshops with other musicians. All students are also encouraged to book regular one-to-one tutorials to discuss their skills development and their long and short term career goals. This gives a unique opportunity for our students to be individually guided by the most experienced industry profesionals in the country.
BIMM Dublin opened in September 2011 and is located on Francis Street in Dublin City Centre. We offer a BA Honours degree in Commercial Modern Music (DT506) which is validated by DIT. It is the first degree of its kind to be offered in Ireland and it is a 4 year performance based programme which will equip you with all the tools to succeed in a sustained career as a musician. You will specialise in one of 5 instrumental streams- drums, bass, guitar, vocals or songwriting and be taught by a top class team of tutors. In addition, we offer a part time CPD Diploma in Professional Musicianship (Performance or Songwriting) which is also awarded by DIT.
Dara Kilkenny - Principal
Dara began working with BIMM in late 2009 and was instrumental in every step of the setting up of BIMM Dublin including the establishment of the relationship with education partners Dublin Institute of Technology and the recruitment of the initial student cohort and tutors. As Principal, Dara is responsible for all aspects of the running of BIMM Dublin and its administration and curriculum delivery through the management team. Prior to joining BIMM Dara completed her studies at Trinity College, Dublin and spent 8 years in the fashion industry at high level as both a Brand Manager and Senior Buyer. From 2003 onwards she moved into the entertainment, events and music industries where she developed her key management, marketing and business skills. Dara is dedicated to ensuring that all aspects of the student experience at BIMM Dublin are unparalleled and that excellent academic standards are maintained.
John Cunningham - Education Manager
Currently signed to One Little Indian Records, John has written and produced several albums achieving chart success in Europe. He has worked/gigged with The Housemartins, John Martyn, Edwyn Collins, The Go-Betweens, Television, PJ Harvey, Rufus Wainwright, Yann Tiersen, Smog, Ben and Jason, Fugu, Melon Galia, Stereolab and The Pernice Brothers. He also composed, recorded and produced music for a theatre production of Nick Hornby’s award-winning novel ‘Fever Pitch' staged at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival 1994 , and the Arts Theatre, West End before touring nationally. Prior to joining BIMM he enjoyed 15 years in further and higher education as a lecturer/manager in music performance and production
Hothan Isman - Student Support and Quality Manager
Hothan previously worked at BIMM Brighton for 3 years as the student support officer for level 5 Professional Diploma students before moving over to BIMM Dublin where she now works as the Student Support & Quality Manager for Degree students and Advanced Diploma students. In her role as Student Support & Quality Manager at BIMM Dublin Hothan offers welfare guidance to students through 1-1 tutorials and delivers student feedback forums. Hothan is also responsible monitoring learning support, maintaining student records, tracking achievement and above all making sure that all students enjoy a successful experience during their time at BIMM Dublin. Hothan has a Degree in Digital Arts from Thames Valley University and qualifications in counselling skills.
Aoife FitzPatrick - Recruitment & Admissions Manager
Aoife is the Recruitment & Admissions Manager at BIMM Dublin, dealing with applications for both the BA and Diploma courses at BIMM Dublin. This includes processing all applications, arranging auditions and providing support to applicants from their initial application right through to enrolment. Aoife is also PA to the College Manager, assisting her with the smooth running of the college on a daily basis. She studied Music at Trinity College Dublin and completed a Masters in Musicology at UCD. Since then she has worked at the Contemporary Music Centre Ireland, working with Irish composers and performers to promote contemporary Irish music.
Sean Heffernan - Head of Facilities and Estates
Sean previously worked as an apprentice trained electrician, and worked as foreman for various companies before joining the BIMM Dublin staff. Sean is responsible for all aspects of estates management. He oversees the quality and safety of the college environment. His main roles include: preparation of the teaching and learning environment and all associated equipment; health and safety compliance and training; monitoring security and general maintenance of both sites; planning and overseeing of internal and external events and the monitoring / managing of student behaviour.
Emma Kelleher - Head Receptionist
Emma is Head Receptionist at BIMM Dublin and is the first point of contact for all queries from students and the public. She assists staff and students with all their enquiries to ensure the college runs smoothly. Emma is a trained dance teacher and fitness instructor and worked as a part-time receptionist for two years prior to working at BIMM Dublin.
Eoin O'Brien - Finance Assistant
Eoin is the Finance Assistant at BIMM Dublin and is the first point of contact for all invoicing, tutor payroll and all queries relating to student fees. Relatively new to the world of finance, Eoin began his CPA studies in September 2011. He originally trained as a Horticulturist in the National Botanic Gardens and, prior to starting his studies in accounting, ran his own landscaping business. Eoin enjoys live music and the culture that Dublin has to offer.
Karen Gleeson - Receptionist
Karen is Receptionist at BIMM Dublin and is the first point of contact for all enquiries at the college. She also assists staff and students to make sure everything runs as smoothly as it should. Karen has a degree in Psychology and spent several years working as an administrator with the HSE. She is an advanced scuba diver and, with 8 years of ballet training behind her, we might expect to see Karen and Emma pirouetting behind the Reception desk!
Roberta Connolly - Student Support and Quality Officer
Roberta studied music at NUI Maynooth and has since then worked with organisations including The Arts Council of Ireland, the Guggenheim Museum New York and Walton’s New School of Music. As the Student Support and Quality Officer with BIMM Dublin, she offers welfare guidance to students through one-to-one tutorials. Roberta is also responsible for upholding student records, monitoring learning support and ensuring that all students experience an enjoyable and successful time at BIMM.
Helen Shyne - HE Administrator
Helen is Higher Education Administrator and is responsible for supporting the Education Manager in all aspects of tuition and exam administration. Helen previously worked in BIMM's sister college Tech Music School London as PA to the Principal & HR/Finance Assistant, before moving back to her home town of Dublin. She studied Music in Trinity College Dublin and enjoys playing piano and saxophone in her free time.
Parents and Attendance
Additional Support Network
Fund for Students with Disabilities
- Financial issues
- Personal issues
- Emotional issues
- Psychological issues
Your QSS Officer can offer one-to-one tutorials which provide support, guidance and a friendly ear to those that require it. The team is well-equipped to listen and provide non-judgmental support regarding all manner of issues.
However, there may be times when you require further support in which case your QSS Officer can refer you to one of our College Counsellors who provide a completely confidential and free service. Some of the issues students might bring are attendance difficulties, relationship problems/break-ups, loss, depression, identity, eating disorders, alcohol and drug problems, stress, panic attacks, obsessions or simply a place to reflect.
Counselling can be helpful in enabling you to work through issues that have become overwhelming, or when you feel stuck. It may help you discover your own resources to find a new understanding or solution.
Unfortunately, we do not have any student accommodation on our Francis Street campus.
However, all BIMM Dublin students are registered with our education partners DIT, so they can avail of the Student Services which they provide. DIT do not have any accommodation on their campuses either, but they have block booked suitable student accommodation with external providers for 2011/2012. Griffith Hall and The Herberton are located quite near Francis Street so might be good options.
For more information check out the DIT website.