Guitar

CPD Diploma in Professional Musicianship

Overview

This one-year practical and vocational course is ideal if you want to further your musical abilities on a part-time basis of 4.5 hours a week.

At BIMM Dublin, we understand that live performance is the key to you becoming a great guitarist, so you’ll spend a lot of time working on your guitar techniques and styles to help you develop and find your niche as a performer. You’ll receive expert guidance from your highly skilled BIMM tutors, all of whom have had vast experience in the music industry, and continue to be a part of the business today.

You’ll also study music theory and the fundamental skills required to read and perform music notation on the guitar, such as sight reading. During your time on the course you’ll connect with likeminded fellow musicians for exciting collaboration projects, and will get to plug into unique networking opportunities, such as Masterclasses with global music industry professionals. You’ll also have the opportunity to audition for the BIMM Album and the BIMM end-of-term gigs. All in all, it’s a fantastic part-time introduction to modern music and the industry that surrounds it.

The course is fully validated by the Dublin Institute of Technology, and successful completion will gain you 30 ECTS credits. It’s a great gateway to either taking your first steps in a music industry career, or continuing on with study in the form of the BA (Hons) in Commercial Modern Music at BIMM.

So, what are you waiting for? To make your way as a guitarist, connect with us, and we’ll connect you to a life in music.

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Fees for the CPD Diploma in Professional Musicianship are €1,950.

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Year 1

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

  • Music Styles

    Having an understanding of a wide range of contemporary styles, creating inventive and musically effective parts and being able to perform authentically will increase students’ versatility and employability in the music industry. In this module musicians will learn about styles of music that feature in today’s music industry, along with the pivotal artists from each genre, what the essential components are and how they can apply these creatively to their own music and performances.

  • Instrumental Techniques

    This module is designed to equip instrumental students with a secure grounding in technique applied to their instrument or voice. This will enable them to deliver their performances creatively, with fluency and to minimise health risks. The focus will be on establishing strong fundamentals of technique, and how to develop them securely and safely through effective practice routines. The techniques will also be applied by the students in set creative tasks.

  • Core Music Theory

    This module provides the student with an introduction to the fundamentals of music theory, with practical applications of theoretical concepts on the piano keyboard. It will also facilitate the development of aural recognition and transcription skills, to better prepare the student for the range of musical situations they are likely to encounter as a professional musician. The component parts of the module will be delivered in mixed-discipline groups in a combined lecture/workshop format, utilising a variety of methods including; tutor led lectures/tasks, group work, e-learning through your VLE and independent study and research. All students will have access to a piano keyboard in class, with an emphasis on the practical demonstration and application of all theory concepts studied.

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Minimum requirements

The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of one module at Level 5. This is equivalent to one subject at Leaving Cert level. Applicants must be 17 on 1st January in the year of entry. All applicants must also attend an audition to determine their eligibility for the course. Overseas students where English is not their native language must meet a minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0. We require a minimum of 5.5 to be achieved in each band.

After this course

Progression

Graduates can progress directly to a career in the music industry, or can continue their study with a BA (Hons) in Commercial Modern Music in Guitar, Bass, Drums or Vocals at BIMM.

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How to apply

All applications can be made directly via the BIMM Admissions Team. To request an application form call +353 1 5133 666. Irish students will be invited to attend an audition and assessment. International applicants who can’t attend an audition and/or assessment will be sent guidelines and an application form for a demo audition/assessment.

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We’re proud to welcome students from all around the world. Our dedicated International Team is on hand to help with applications, visas, accommodation, settling in and much more.

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Course Specification

Mode of attendance:
Part-time
Length of course:
1 year
Awarding institution:
Dublin Institute of Technology
Teaching institution:
BIMM Dublin
Language of study:
English
Final award and exit awards:
30 ECTS Credits
Admissions criteria:
The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of one module at Level 5. This is equivalent to one subject at Leaving Cert level. Applicants must be 17 on 1st January in the year of entry. All applicants must also attend an audition to determine their eligibility for the course. Overseas students where English is not their native language must meet a minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0. We require a minimum of 5.5 to be achieved in each band.

Teaching this course

BIMM Tutors

From performing with Red Hot Chili Peppers and playing guitar on The Commitments soundtrack, to vocal coaching Bono and being frontman for the indie band JJ72, our BIMM Dublin tutors have done it all. Imagine what you could achieve with direct access to their knowledge, guidance, experience and enviable industry connections!

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Success Stories

Our students prove that talent and hard work are an impressive mix, with many forging a career in the music industry as performers and music industry professionals.

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