Staff & students 2019-2020 - InformatIon for - CIT

Staff & students 2019-2020 - InformatIon for - CIT
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CIT Cork School of Music
Union Quay, Cork
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Cork Institute of Technology
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Introduction                             3

Brief History of CSM                     4

Artists-in-Residence                      5

CSM Calendar Part-time Courses           11

CSM Calendar Full-time Courses           12

CSM Awards 2018-2019                     14

CSM Performing Groups                    18

Brief History of Suzuki Method in Cork   20

Enrolment Information                    22

Payment of Fees                          24

Part-time Courses: Information           25

Health & Safety Matters                  31

CSM Competitions 2019-2020               33

Staff Lists & Contact Details            41

Concerts                                 52

Full-time courses                        53

Staff & students 2019-2020 - InformatIon for - CIT
                               As we embrace the 2019-2020 CSM Academic Year, I hope you
                               are looking forward to a rewarding and fulfilling year as a student,
                               parent or staff member and that you will avail of many of the
                               opportunities open to you as a member of the CIT Cork School of
                               Music community. We, at the CSM, pride ourselves on the holistic
                               nature of our music and drama education, spanning four levels
                               of education, which places us amongst leading conservatoires
                               nationally and internationally.

                               CSM has almost 400 students enrolled in its undergraduate
                               programmes - BMus, BA in Popular Music, BA in Theatre and Drama
                               Studies - as well as its post-graduate programmes - MA in Music
                               (Performance, Conducting or Composition), MA and MSc in Music
                               Technology and MA by Research. Commencing in September
                               2019, we are very excited to add to our suite of undergraduate
                               programmes and to welcome full-time students on to the eagerly
                               awaited BA in Musical Theatre. There are over 3,000 enrolments for
                               the part-time conservatory provision of the School, with all students
                               benefitting from the dynamic learning and teaching environment
                               offered at CSM.

                               This Information Booklet provides you with comprehensive details
                               regarding the activities of the School. CSM is honoured to have such
                               distinguished Artists-in-Residence and we are very grateful for their
                               support and association with the School. Please note in particular
                               the Outline Calendar for the School year, and the section on Health
                               & Safety Matters. We have also included a list of concerts scheduled
                               to take place in CSM (as available at time of going to press), and, in
                               addition to concerts and performances by the School’s Performing
                               Groups, we are delighted to be able to collaborate once again
                               with the Cork Orchestral Society in hosting professional concerts.
                               Theatre and Drama groups, and Popular Music groups will stage
                               productions and events throughout the year – keep an eye out for
                               posters! You are encouraged to go to as many concerts and events
                               as possible – not only are you availing of the opportunity of being
                               inspired by top-class performances, but you are also supporting the

                               You are also invited to visit the CSM website ( and, of
                               course, our Facebook and Twitter pages (@citcsm), for further
    Aiveen Kearney             information and updates on the School’s activities.
    Head of School
    CIT Cork School of Music   Best wishes for a successful and stimulating year at CSM and I look
    July 2019                  forward to meeting you at one of our many events.
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CIT CSM Artists in Residence
A Brief History of the CIT Cork                                                                                       The Cork School of Music is proud to operate an Artists-in-Residence programme
                                                                                                                      whereby distinguished professional artists are recognised for their association with
School of Music                                                                                                       the School. These range from individual performers to chamber ensembles, both
                                                                                                                      instrumental and vocal. They perform regularly at the School and share their expertise
                                                                                                                      and artistry with the next generation of young performers.

                                                                                                                                                        Barry Douglas (piano)
                                                                                                                                                        Barry Douglas has established a major international career since
                                                                                                                                                        winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International
Founded in 1878, the Cork School of Music was the          The initiative was with Cork again when, in 1956, the                                        Piano Competition, Moscow. As Artistic Director of Camerata
first Municipal School of Music to be established in,      ‘Cork Municipal School of Music’ occupied the first                                          Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival, he continues to celebrate his
what was then, the United Kingdom. (The Guildhall          school in Ireland specifically conceived and built for                                       Irish heritage whilst also maintaining a busy international touring
School of Music in London was founded in 1880,             music education. Demographic changes in the greater                                          schedule. Barry has recently embarked on a monumental recording
and the Dublin School of Music in 1890; most of the        Cork area in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s led to a greater                                       project with Chandos Records - to record the complete works for
other schools of music in these islands were founded       demand for tuition in music and drama. To cater for                                          solo piano of Brahms within five years. Having developed a wealth
during the 20th century.) The Cork School of Music         this demand the CSM, during the 1970s, acquired a                                            of musical experience in his 35-year career, Barry now feels the time
Committee reported, as late as 1892, on the ‘…             large annexe on Wellington Road, and in the 1980s                                            is right to undertake this colossal project. The first disc of works
numerous enquiries received from time to time from         established satellite centres at various suburban                                            by Brahms was released to critical acclaim on 11 March 2012. The
Governing Bodies of schools of music as to the rules       locations around the city. From 1993 to 1999 the                                             interesting programming of each disc, which has already garnered
of the Cork School of Music with a view to their           Annexe was located in the Vincentian Community                                               much critical praise, presents each album as a stand-alone recital,
guidance.’                                                 building in Sunday’s Well. While the new Cork School                                         providing a varied and engaging listening experience, and Barry
                                                           of Music was being constructed, the School was                                               has generously performed each of the programmes in the CSM.
The Cork School of Music’s early records show an           temporarily located in Moore’s Hotel and the Ancient                                         March 2014 saw the release of his first, highly-acclaimed recording
initial enrolment of 161 and a staff of 5. The 1930        Order of Hibernians building – both on Morrison’s                                            of Schubert’s solo piano works, also recorded in the CSM’s Curtis
Vocational Education Act resulted in significant           Island - and the rear of Connolly Hall, Lower Oliver                                         Auditorium.
growth of staff and student numbers and had                Plunkett Street.
considerable impact on the scope of the School’s
activities. The next 50 years brought particular           The 1950s building on Union Quay was demolished in                                           Alex Petcu-Colan (percussion)
development in the area of third-level education and       September 2005 and Hochtief PPP Solutions oversaw
                                                                                                                                                        An Irish musician of Romanian origin, Alex is quickly establishing
the Cork School of Music, operating under the aegis        the construction of magnificent new premises for the
                                                                                                                                                        himself both nationally and internationally as a percussionist of
of the City of Cork Vocational Education Committee,        CIT Cork School of Music as a Public Private Partnership
                                                                                                                                                        the finest calibre. His recent appearances as a soloist with the
became the first institution in the State to offer a       project on behalf of the Government’s Department of
                                                                                                                                                        both the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and RTE Concert
Music Teaching Diploma Course embracing academic,          Education & Science. The new building was handed
                                                                                                                                                        Orchestra - along with his performance as sole musician in the
pedagogic and performance training. (The course was        over on 16 July 2007; students and staff a r r i v e d
                                                                                                                                                        Abbey Theatre’s recent Twelfth Night have placed him at the
cited in the “Benson Report” [The place of the Arts        on 3 September 2007; the Minister for
                                                                                                                                                        forefront of young Irish artists. Other credits include the Irish
in Irish Education by Ciarán Benson, The Arts Council,     Education & Science, Mary Hanafin
                                                                                                                                                        Chamber Orchestra, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Crash Ensemble,
1979] as a model for a proposed National Diploma           TD, performed the official opening
                                                                                                                                                        West Cork Chamber Music Festival, and Lucerne Festival Academy
qualification.) In the early 1980s the Department          ceremony on Friday 14 September
                                                                                                                                                        where he performed with Pierre Boulez and David Robertson.
of Education & Science recognised the School’s             2007; and the President of Ireland,
commitment to higher education by granting it third-       Mary McAleese, paid an official visit                                                        He won the Irish Freemasons’ Young Musician of the Year
level VEC College status. On 1 January 1993, under the     on Friday 25 January 2008.                                                                   Competition and has twice been selected to compete at the Tromp
terms of the Regional Colleges Act, the Cork School of                                                                                                  International Competition, reaching the semi-final stage.
Music became one of the two Constituent Schools of         [This is an excerpt from A Proud
Cork Regional Technical College – renamed in 1998 as       Tradition written by Dr Geoffrey
Cork Institute of Technology. During the final decade      Spratt for the annual Information
of the 20th century, the School established notably        Booklet of 2015-16]
successful BMus and MA courses, and encouraged
research that complements its performance traditions
that feature so prominently on local, regional, national
and international platforms.

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Madrigal ’75
Conductor James Taylor
Founded in 1975, Madrigal ‘75 vocal ensemble performs repertory from the 14 century right through to
contemporary choral works, both sacred and secular, including first performances of new commissions. In
competition, Madrigal ‘75 has twice won the Carols for Christmas competitions on RTÉ lyric fm, in addition
to Best Choir at the Montreux Festival, several Best Performances and First Prize awards at successive Cork
International Choral Festivals, including the Irish Choir of the Year award. In 2013, Madrigal ‘75 returned
to Montreux and was the highest-placed choir in the mixed-voice category. In its 40-year history, the choir
has performed with several of Ireland’s leading ensembles, including the RTE Vanbrugh String Quartet and the
Orchestra of St Cecilia. The choir has presented both the closing and opening concerts of the prestigious East
Cork Early Music Festival, as well as being invited to present the atmospheric Evocations concert for the Cork
International Choral Festival. 2015 marked the 40th anniversary of Madrigal ‘75 as a choral group of excellence
in the Cork area. In celebration of this anniversary the choir has performed a variety of concerts, the highlight
of which has been performing in the Gala Opening Concert for the 2015 Cork International Choral Festival.
The Choir had a very successful trip to Spain in 2016 and performed several concerts throughout Ireland in
2017/18. Madrigal ‘75 performed Bach’s St John Passion as part of the East Cork Early Music Festival in 2018
gave concerts in Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Glasgow and Edinburgh in 2019, and performed the Evocations concert
at Cork International Choral Festival in May 2019.
Since January 2007, Madrigal ‘75 has been directed by James Taylor, organist and harpsichordist, who, having
held posts in the UK, New Zealand and Canada, was Assistant Director of Music at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork
from 2006-2017, and now lectures in CIT Cork School of Music.

                                                                                                                    Ash Soan (drums)                                           The main focus of Ash’s career has centred on the
                                                                                                                                                                               recording industry. Over the past 20 years he has
                                                                                                                    Ash Soan has been appointed CSM Artist in Residence        recorded 51 top 20 albums for artists including:
                                                                                                                    in recognition of his generous work as a visiting artist   Cher, Seal, Robbie Williams, Billy Idol, Adele, Enrique
                                                                                                                    to the BA in Popular Music. He has been working            Iglesias, Dionne Warwick and Rumer, James Morrison,
                                                                                                                    professionally as a drummer for over 20 years. His live    Cee Lo Green, Celine Dion and Ronan Keating. 45
                                                                                                                    experience includes performing at Woodstock 94 and         of those albums have reached the top 10, with an
                                                                                                                    supporting The Rolling Stones, REM, Bon Jovi, Van          impressive 18 going to number 1. Ash’s discography
                                                                                                                    Hallen, Oasis and Bryan Adams at Wembley with his          also includes an impressive 21 top 10 singles, 11 of
                                                                                                                    first band Del Amitri. Since then Ash has toured and       which reached number 1.
                                                                                                                    performed with Marianne Faithfull, Sinéad O’Connor,
                                                                                                                    Sheryl Crow, Robbie Williams, James Morrison, Will         Other highlights of Ash’s career thus far include
                                                                                                                    Young, Squeeze, Lewis Taylor, Hamish Stuart, The           playing the 2012 Olympic games opening ceremony
                                                                                                                    Waterboys, Jeff Lorber, Trevor Horn, Seal, Rumer,          with Mike Oldfield, being the house drummer on
                                                                                                                    Terry Reid, Ronnie Wood, Dionne Warwick and many           the BBC TV show The Voice and recently playing
                                                                                                                    more.                                                      on the soundtrack of the new Terminator movie for
                                                                                                                                                                               composer Lorne Balfe.

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Graduate Theatre                                                                                                    in Residence
Residency                                                                                                           Ian Wilson                                                 Wilson has directed many groups from choirs and
                                                                                                                                                                               ensembles to string orchestras. He conducted the
                                                                                                                                               Ian Wilson was born in          acclaimed ensembles musikFabrik and Ixion during his
                                                                                                                                               Belfast and began composing     time as director of the Sligo New Music Festival and in
                                                                                                                                               while at university. He has
ALSA Productions                                          Sadhbh and Al also work as freelance actors, directors,
                                                                                                                                               written over one hundred
                                                                                                                                                                               2008 conducted an ensemble of Ismaili musicians in
                                                          stage managers and production managers. Al recently                                                                  the premiere performance of his specially-composed
ALSA Productions is a Cork-based theatre production       completed a nine month directing mentorship                                          and fifty works, including      work celebrating the Golden Jubilee of the Aga
company founded in 2016 by CIT CSM BATDS                  facilitated by Jim Culleton of Fishamble: A New Play                                 chamber operas, concertos,      Khan, in the presence of His Highness Shah Karim al-
graduates Al Dalton & Sadhbh Barrett Coakley. It has a    Company in association with Marketa Dowling of the                                   string quartets, a range of     Hussaini. In 2012 he conducted the Ulster Orchestra in
particular focus on devising new work in collaboration    Belltable: Connect programme, Limerick. Sadhbh also                                  orchestral and chamber music    a BBC Radio 3-broadcast Belfast Festival programme
with other theatre-makers, musicians and artists. ALSA    participated in Smock Alley’s GENERATORS creative                                    and multi-media pieces. His     featuring works by Lutoslawski, Stravinsky and the WP
Productions was selected to be mentored by Gare St        producers training programme, led by Caoimhe                                         compositions have been          of his piano fantasy Flags and Emblems with Matthew
Lazare Ireland, as part of their year long residency in   Connolly & Cliona Dukes, which culminated in Sadhbh                                  performed and broadcast on      Schellhorn as soloist. In 2016 Wilson conducted
the Everyman Theatre Cork (2016/2017).                    producing four works-in-progress for the Smock            six continents, and presented at festivals including       the première performances of his 1916 centenary
                                                          Allies: Scene & Heard Festival.                           the BBC Proms, Venice Biennale and Frankfurt               commission from the NCH and Triskel Christchurch,
Their first production was a co-production of                                                                       Bookfair, and at venues such as New York’s Carnegie
Tomatoes by Eimear Sheehy, which premiered at the                                                                                                                              Wayfarers, a 45-minute work for Chamber Choir
                                                          During their residency at CIT CSM, ALSA Productions       Hall, London’s Royal Albert and Wigmore Halls,             Ireland and the Vanbrugh Quartet.
Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and was also presented as           will evolve their practice through play development       Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw,
part of the inaugural Limerick Fringe 2017. Their first   schemes and workshops, while nurturing their              Vienna’s Musikverein and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall.             As a curator, Wilson directed the Sligo new Music
originally devised play, Swim/Stroke, was presented in    collaborative relationships with other artists and        Wilson has in recent years also worked with jazz           Festival between 2003 and 2011, introducing to
2017 at both the Cork Midsummer Festival & Clonmel        theatre makers.                                           musicians, Asian tabla and Chinese pipa players and        Ireland for the first time significant works by such
Junction Festival.                                                                                                  traditional Irish singers; he has also collaborated with   figures as Nono, Feldman, Radulescu, Sciarrino,
                                                                                                                    choreographers, theatre directors and electroacoustic      Rebecca Saunders, Jacob ter Veldhuis and many
                                                                                                                    and computer music composers.                              others and commissioning a number of works from
                                                                                                                                                                               Irish composers including Siobhán Cleary, Jürgen
                                                                                                                    In 1991, Running, Thinking, Finding received the           Simpson and Simon Mawhinny. In 2014 Wilson was
                                                                                                                    composition prize at the Ultima festival in Oslo,          invited to curate the “Scoring History” series at the
                                                                                                                    and in 1992 he received the Macaulay Fellowship            National Concert Hall, four concerts built around his
                                                                                                                    administered by the Arts Council of Ireland. In 1998       own string quartet output.
                                                                                                                    he was elected to Aosdána, Ireland’s State-sponsored
                                                                                                                    body of creative artists and in recent years he has been
                                                                                                                    AHRB Research Fellow at the University of Ulster, An
                                                                                                                    Foras Feasa post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Dundalk
                                                                                                                    Institute of Technology and Composer-in-Association
                                                                                                                    with California’s Camerata Pacifica ensemble and the
                                                                                                                    Ulster Orchestra. He was director of the Sligo New
                                                                                                                    Music Festival from 2003 to 2011.
                                                                                                                    There are commercially-available recordings of nearly
                                                                                                                    fifty of Wilson’s works on labels including Diatribe,
                                                                                                                    Riverrun, Black Box, Timbre, Guild, Meridian
                                                                                                                    and Chandos. His music is published by Ricordi
                                                                                                                    (London) and Universal Edition and website is
                                                                                                                    As a conductor of over 20 years’ experience,

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CSM Calendar 2019-2020
                                              Key Dates

                                              Part-time (Conservatoire) Courses
                                              Academic Year commences		                                Monday 2 September
                                              One-to-one teaching commences		                          Monday 2 September
                                              Musicianship Classes commence		                          Monday 2 September
                                              Bands, Choirs, Piano Lab, Orchestras & Drama             Monday 9 September
                                              rehearsals commence
     Aiveen Kearney,                          Mid-term Break		                                         Monday 28 Oct - Sunday 3 November
     Head of School
     presents the                             Classes & lessons for part-time students finish          Friday 20 December
     Alumnus Award                            All teaching recommences		                               Monday 6 January 2020
     for 2018 to Mark
     O’Keeffe, Trumpet                        Second term fees due before		                            Friday 17 January
                                              Mid-term Break		                                         Monday 17 - Sunday 23 February
                                              School closed St Patrick’s Day		                         Tuesday 17 March
                                              Easter Holidays		                                        Monday 6 April - Sunday 19 April
                                              Grade Examinations		                                     Monday 18 – Saturday 23 May
                                              Musicianship Exams		                                     Monday 18 – Friday 30 May
                                              Individual lessons for part-time students finish         Saturday 13 June
                                              Academic Year finishes		                                 Saturday 20 June

                                              Junior Concerto Competition		                            Thursday 5 December
                                              Senior Concerto Competition		                            Fri-Sat 17-18 January
                                              Junior Recital Competition               Prelim Rounds   Monday 10 – Wednesday 12 February
                                                                                       Final (19:00)   Thursday 13 February
                         Members of           Senior Recital Competition               Prelim Rounds   Thursday 12 – Saturday 13 March
                         the Ó Canainn
                         family present the                                            Final (14:30)   Saturday 14 March
                         inaugural Tomás Ó    Advanced Recital Competition             Prelim Rounds   Friday 22 – Sunday 24 May
                         Canainn Gradam
                         Ceoil to Claire                                               Final (19:00)   Monday 25 May
                         Fennell and Aiveen   Piano Accompaniment Competition		                        Friday 13 December
                         Kearney, Head of
                         School.              Chamber Music Competition		                              Friday 15 May

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Pop MA Performance 2 Recording Studio                      Mon-Frid 13-17 Jan
                                                                                             BMus SIS Performance Exams
CSM Calendar 2019-2020                                                                       BATDS Year 4 Show		                                        Wed-Sat 21-25 Jan

Key Dates                                                                                    MEBs		Week commencing 13 January
                                                                                             Semester 2 Lectures commence		                             Monday 20 January
Bands/Choirs/Orchestras Concerts                                                             Review/Reading Week/CIT Musical tbc		                      Mon 17 - Sun 23 Feb
Prep & Senior Orchestra (16:00 & 19:00)		                         Tuesday 10 December        BATDS Year 3 show		                                        Wed-Sat 26 – 29 Feb
Bands (19:00)		                                                   Wednesday 11 Dec           School Closed St Patrick’s Day		                           Tuesday 17 March
Piano Concert		                                                   Thursday 12 Dec            BATDS Performance Platform 2 tbc		                         from 23 March
Junior & Intermediate Orchestras (19:30)                          Friday 13 Dec              BATDS Performance Platform 1 (and Platform 2 tbc)          from 30 March
Choirs (15:30)		                                                  Sunday 15 Dec              Degree classes finish for Easter Break		                   Saturday 4 April
Prep & Senior Orchestra (16:00 & 19:00)		                         Tuesday 12 May             Degree Entrance Tests for CAO Applicants                   23 – 25 April
Bands (19:00)		                                                   Wednesday 13 May           Easter Holidays		                                          Mon 6 – Sun 19 April
Piano Concert		                                                   Thursday 14 May            BAMT Production Rehearsals offsite		                       from 20 April
Junior & Intermediate Orchestras (19:30)                          Friday 15 May              BATDS Self-devised Performances		                          from 20 April
Choirs (15:30)		                                                  Sunday 17 May              BMus SIS Technical Exams Yrs 2 & 3; Keybd skills           from 5 May
                                                                                             BAPM Auxiliary Keys/Drums & PEW Sectionals
Full-time Courses                                                                            Semester 2 [Week 13] ends BMus/BATDS Schedule A            Saturday 9 May
AUTUMN EXAMS                                                                                 Semester 2 [Week 13] ends BATDS Schedule B                 Saturday 16 May
BMus, BATDS, BAPM, Autumn Examinations (written)                  Mon 19-Wed 28 August       BAPM PEW Bands & Written Exams		                           from 11 May
BMus, BAPM, Autumn Performances & Practicals                      Mon-Wed 2 – 4 Sept         BAPM PIS & Written Exams		                                 from 18 May
MEBs		Tues-Thurs 3 – 5 Sept                                                                  BATDS & BMus Written Exams (Individual lessons continue)
                                                                                             Pop MA 2 Performances
                                                                                             BA in Musical Theatre Show at Everyman Palace              Wednesday 27 – Saturday 30 May
Registration for Years 2 – 4 		                                   Wednesday 4 Sept
                                                                                             BAPM SPP Exams		                                           Mon-Fri 25-29 May
BMus, BATDS, BAPM, BAMT & Class Meetings & Electives                                         BMus Core Exams (Individual lessons continue)
Registration for 1st Year Degree Courses (from 9am)               Monday 9 Sept              BMus SIS and Final Performances		                          Tues-Thurs 2-4 June
                                                                                             Pop MA 1 Performances
Induction for Year 1 students		                                   Monday-Tuesday 9-10 Sept
                                                                                             MEBs		Tues-Fri 2-5 June
MA Registration + Advanced Entry Registration                     Monday 9 Sept
                                                                                             Classical/Trad/Jazz MA 1 Performances		                    Mon-Fri 8-12 June
                                                                                             Academic Year finishes		                                   Saturday 20 June
Academic Year commences		                                         Monday 2 September
Semester 1 Lectures commence for full-time students (Years 2-4)   Wednesday 4 Sept
Conferring Ceremony		                                             Tuesday 22 October
                                                                                             Other Important Dates
                                                                                             CSM Awards Ceremony (part-time students)                   Friday 18 October 2019 7.30pm
Review/Reading Week/Field visits [mid-term]                       Mon 28 Oct - Sun 3 Nov
                                                                                             CSM Awards Ceremony (full-time students)                   Wednesday 16 October 2019 1.00pm
Open Day for CSM Undergraduate Degree Courses                     Saturday 16 November
                                                                                             CITCSM Conferring Ceremony		                               Tuesday 22 October 2019
Semester 1 academic classes [week 13] ends                        Saturday 7 December
                                                                                             Open Day for CSM Undergraduate Degree Courses              Saturday 16 November 2019
Wk13: Review Wk & Class Tests: Keybd Skills, Aux Keys/Drums,      Mon-Fri 2-6 December
                                                                                             BMus, BA in Popular Music, BA in Theatre & Drama
Sectionals (Rhythm & Drums), SIS Tech Exams
                                                                                             Studies, BA in Musical Theatre]
BMUS/BATDS Written Exams; BAPM PEW Bands +                        Mon-Fri 9-13 Dec
                                                                                             TY Week for Orchestral Students		                          Mon-Fri 27-31 January 2020
Written Exams (Individual lessons continue)
                                                                                             Open Day for part-time Courses		                           Friday 20 March 2020
BMus CIS Exams; (Individual lessons continue)                     Mon-Fri 16-20 Dec
BAPM PIS + Written Exams                                                                     TY Week for Pop and Trad Students		                        Mon-Thurs 6-9 April 2020
      BAPM SPP 1 & 3 Recording Studio                             Mon-Fri 6-10 January
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Cork School of Music Awards 2018-19
Awards Ceremony, 7:30pm
Friday 18 October 2019

The Department of Keyboard Studies
The most distinguished student in the Junior Cycle:                      Selena O’Rourke

The most distinguished student in the Intermediate Cycle:                Sylvan Mayer-Whitla
                                                                                               Meabh Fitzgerald & Cathal Deasy, winners of The Bridget Doolan Perpetual Trophy at the Award Ceremony
The most distinguished student in the Senior Cycle:                      Roisín Fleming        in October 2018 with Aiveen Kearney, Head of School.

The most distinguished post Grade 8 student:                             Kevin Jansson
                                                                                               The Department of Pop, Jazz, Trad, Voice &
The Nina Dalby Sight-Reading Prize Grade 5:                              Martin Chavdarov
                                                                                               Theatre Studies
The Nina Dalby Sight-Reading Prize Grade 8:                              Michelle McCarthy
                                                                                               The most distinguished student in the Intermediate Cycle [Drama]:           Grace O’Sullivan

                                                                                               The most distinguished student in the Senior Cycle [Drama]:                 Danielle Sheehan

The Department of Orchestral Studies                                                           The most distinguished student in the Junior Cycle [Vocal]:                 Niamh de Brún

The most distinguished student in the Junior Cycle [Strings]:            Sofia Sabuco          The most distinguished student in the Intermediate Cycle [Vocal]:           Conall Williamson

                                                                                               The most distinguished student in the Senior Cycle [Vocal]:                 Orlaith Horan
The most distinguished student in the Intermediate Cycle [Strings]:      Aisling Martin
                                                                                               The most distinguished post Grade 8 student:                                Fiona Falvey
The most distinguished student in the Senior Cycle [Strings]:            Megan Chan

The most distinguished post Grade 8 student:                             Zoë Nagle
                                                                                               The Department of Musicianship & Academic Studies
The most distinguished student in the Junior Cycle [Wind & Percussion]: Sophie O’Donoghue
                                                                                               Windwise Programme		                                                        Sarah Goggin
The most distinguished student in the Intermediate Cycle                 Martin Chavdarov      Junior Musicianship		                                                       Eimear Kelleher
[Wind & Percussion]:
                                                                                               Senior Musicianship		                                                       Megan Chan & Eimear Corby
The most distinguished student in the Senior Cycle [Wind & Percussion]: Catherine Kelly

The most distinguished post Grade 8 student:                             Ciaran O’Driscoll

                                                                                               Certificates will also be presented to all students who have completed CSM Grade 5 & 8 examinations
                                                                                               at this ceremony.

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CIT CSM Degree Awards 2018-19
Awards Ceremony, 1p.m.
                                                                                     Class of 2018 at the
Wednesday 16 October, 2019                                                           CIT CSM Conferring

Entrance Scholarships for Full-Time Courses 2018
Faculty of Business & Humanities Scholarship		             BMus
Shauna Davies

CIT Cork School of Music Scholarship		                     BA In Popular Music
Julianne Quirke

The Westby Scholarship		                                   BA in Theatre & Drama
Michael Moone
                                                                                    The highest-placed Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Popular
The highest-placed Bachelor of Music (Hons) students                                Music students
Macdara ÓFaoláin                   Year 1                                           Karl Long                             Year 1
Ellen Bolger                       Year 2                                           Louis Wild                            Year 2
Serena Sheane                      Year 3                                           Marion Nolan                          Year 3
                                                                                    Daniel Murphy                         Year 4
Gráinne Ní Luasa                   Year 4

                                                                                    Sarah Beth O’Mullane                  The Colin Vearncombe Memorial Bursary
Kym Corridan                       The best dissertation
                                                                                    Patrick Lynch                         The James Stevens Memorial Award
Muireann Joyce Hearne              The best composition portfolio
                                                                                    Gemma Magner                          The Douglas Gunn Cup
Meadhbh Campbell & James Brockie   The Alan Cutts Memorial Award
                                                                                    Brendan Garde                         Cork Orchestral Society CSM Emerging Artist Award
Cian MacGarry                      John Vallery Memorial Travelling Scholarship
Murrough Connolly                  Barbara Harris Memorial Travelling Scholarship
Pax Ó Faoláin                      Tomás Ó Canainn Gradam Ceoil
                                                                                    The highest-placed Masters students
The highest-placed Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Theatre                               Brendan Garde [2019]                  Taught Masters in Music Performance
                                                                                    Karl Maxwell [2018]                   Taught Masters in Music Technology
& Drama Studies students                                                            To be announced [2019]                Taught Masters in Music Technology

Eva Swan                           Year 1                                           Faculty of Business & Humanities Scholarship 2018/2020:                    Sara Ryan
Georgia McCarthy Maguire           Year 2
TBC                                Year 3                                           Faculty of Business & Humanities CSM Research Scholarship 2019:            TBC
Megan Haly                         Year 4

                                                                                    Distinguished Alumna Award: 		                                             Ronnie O’Shaughnessy

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CIT Cork School of Music
Performing Groups 2019-2020

Cappella Lyrica            Mon 12:45 – 14:00    Maria Judge       Curtis Auditorium
                           Wed 13:15 – 14:30    Maria Judge       Curtis Auditorium
Junior Children’s Chorus   Mon 15:20 – 16:20    Maria Judge       Doolan Room
Senior Children’s Chorus   Mon 16:30 – 18:00    James Taylor      Doolan Room
Fleischmann Choir          Mon 19:30 – 22:00    Conor Palliser    Curtis Auditorium
Youth Vocal Ensemble       Fri 17:30 – 18:45    James Taylor      Classroom 412
Union [Musical Theatre]    Tues 19:30 - 21:00   Tom Doyle         Classroom 312

ORCHESTRAS                                                                                 DRAMA
Junior Orchestra           Mon 16:45 – 17:45    Tomás McCarthy    Curtis Auditorium        Intermediate Drama   Wed 16:30 – 18:00        Dara Collins     Drama Classroom (221)
Intermediate Orchestra     Mon 18:00 – 19:00    Tomás McCarthy    Curtis Auditorium        Youth Theatre        Wed 18:00 – 20:30        Peadar Donohoe   Stack Theatre
Preparatory Orchestra      Tue 15:30 – 16:30    Sharon Nye        Curtis Auditorium
Senior Orchestra           Tue 17:15 – 18:30    Tom Doyle         Curtis Auditorium
                                                                                           TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC
                                                                                           Bruach               Traditional Irish Music Ensemble          Johnny McCarthy
Symphony Orchestra         Tue 19:30 – 22:00    Conor Palliser    Curtis Auditorium

Beginner Band              Mon 17:30 – 18:30    Sarah Dewhurst    Stack Theatre
Junior Band                Wed 15:30 – 17:00    Emma Neal         Curtis Auditorium
Symphonic Wind Band        Wed 17:30 – 19:30    Antony Neal       Curtis Auditorium

Junior Jazz Band           Mon 19:00 – 20:30    Sarah Dewhurst    Stack Theatre
Jazz Big Band              Wed 13:15 – 15.15    Cormac McCarthy   Recording Studio (149)

Opera Ensemble Platform    Wed 18:00– 20:00     Mary MacSweeney   302/Doolan Room

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An important aspect of the Suzuki Method is the committing of a common repertoire to memory, which enables

50 Years of the Suzuki Method
                                                                                                                          the students to perform together as a group without notation. In order to support the CSM Suzuki Teachers
                                                                                                                          organise large scale events such as their Annual Concert, the Cork Suzuki Parents’ Association, “Musicians in
                                                                                                                          the Making” was established in 1979. This support was integral in enabling Cork to host the Annual European

in Cork (1969-2019)                                                                                                       Suzuki Association Workshop in 1985, at which Dr Suzuki attended and taught.

                                                                                                                          This event was followed by the establishment of the Suzuki Education Institute of Ireland in 1986, which was
                                                                                                                          driven by Phillipa’s husband, Ronald Lees, a highly regarded CSM piano teacher and Trudy Byron-Fahy, its first
                                                                                                                          Chairperson. More information at
The Suzuki Method, also known as the “mother tongue” method was developed by Dr Shin’ichi Suzuki in
Japan shortly after World War II ended in 1945. It was initially a method of learning the violin but has since            Over the years, Cork Suzuki musicians have travelled abroad to participate in various Suzuki Camps and Courses,
expanded to a range of instruments. Following the horror of the war, he hoped to bring beauty into the lives of           but in order to make these opportunities available in Ireland, Cork began hosting a Tri-Annual National Suzuki
the children of his country through music making. He believed, that if a child could learn to speak their native          Camp in 2005 featuring both National and International Suzuki Teachers and attended by Suzuki students from
language, they could also learn to play a musical instrument, if encouraged and supported by their parents,               all over Ireland and beyond. In July 2019, Cork hosted its 6th of these Camps.
alongside a well-trained teacher.
                                                                                                                          Suzuki Violin and Cello continues to be offered through the CIT Cork School of Music Scheme with the following
Although the Method has produced many highly accomplished professional musicians, its main focus is on                    Suzuki-trained teachers – Frances Jermyn, Mary Bollard, Ann-Marie O’Sullivan, Ciara O’Halloran, Caitríona
developing the child’s “whole being” not just instrumental skills. In Dr Suzuki’s words, “I want to make good             Johnston (violin) and Phil Buckley (cello), both in particular Primary Schools and on-site in Union Quay, if parents
citizens. If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity,   are able to attend the lessons.
discipline and endurance. He gets a beautiful heart.”
                                                                                                                          They also work together with other Cork Suzuki-trained teachers, teaching privately, many who are graduates
In 1968, then Director of Cork School of Music, Dr Bernard Curtis, saw a film on the Suzuki Method and set                of the CITCSM BMus degree course, as well as past Suzuki students, to deliver the Annual Concert (now in its
about establishing the Method here in Cork. Under the guidance of Dr John Kendall, America’s leading exponent             47th Year). A more recent activity of Suzuki Music in Cork is the Spring fundraising Playathon to which Suzuki
of the Method, teaching commenced in a number of Cork City primary schools in 1969 as part of the Cork                    Alumni are invited to come and play pieces from the Suzuki repertoire at a public event. More information at
School of Music Suzuki Scheme. The initial teachers were two sisters, Renee (violin) & Denise (cello) Lane. These
were followed by Trudy Byron-Fahy (an American graduate of Dr Kendall’s Southern Illinois University Suzuki
training), and these Cork School of Music teachers who undertook specialist Suzuki training in both Japan and             The Parents’ Association, “Musicians in the Making”, now 40 years
Britain over the years – Máire Ní Cheallacháin, Patricia Kelleher, Patricia Murphy (violin) and Phil Buckley (cello).     in existence, continues to assist with the large scale Suzuki music-
They were also joined by Phillipa Lees (violin) who became the first Suzuki Violin Teacher Trainer in Ireland.            making activities of all Cork Suzuki teachers and are very
                                                                                                                          appreciative of the CIT Cork School of Music’s support of and
The presence of the Suzuki Violin Teacher Training Course run by Ms. Lees enabled new generations of Irish                integral role in the past fifty years of Suzuki Music in Cork
violinists to train as Suzuki teachers and the Method spread throughout Ireland, with large bases growing                 and are looking forward to the next fifty!
in Galway and Dublin. The Irish Teacher Training Course continues to be run by retired CITCSM Suzuki staff
member, Trudy Byron-Fahy.
                                                                                                                          Edel Sullivan
                                                                                                                          Chairperson – Musicians in the Making (2016-19)

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Enrolment Information
part-time courses
                                                                                                                     Piano students currently enrolled for Grades 2 to 4 will be allocated
(i) Commencement of the 2019-2020 Academic Session                                                                   places in Piano Ensemble Classes. These take place in the Pianolabs and
The 2019-20 Academic Session will commence on Monday 2 September 2019. Please read the remainder of                  commence on Monday 9 Septemer 2019. Participation in these classes
this document because it deals not only with the payment of fees and the starting dates/venues for individual        fulfils the mandatory ensemble requirement for those students studying
lessons and classes, but also with Examinations, the commencement of Performing Group rehearsals, and                only the piano.
various important requirements.
                                                                                                                     Your attention is drawn to the following
(ii) Musicianship/Windwise Classes                                                                                   requirement:
We are hoping that it will not be necessary for any changes to be made to the details provided already on the        Students are required to participate in a School band, choir, drama group,
posted, personalised, white sheet titled CSM Musicianship/Windwise Classes 2019-20; where applicable, please         orchestra, chamber ensemble or piano ensemble class, as appropriate, unless
note the day(s), time(s) and venue(s) of your Musicianship/Windwise Class(es) and attend with effect from            granted a dispensation by the relevant Head of Department. As ensemble work is
Monday 2 September 2019.                                                                                             regarded as integral to a student’s training, failure to comply with this requirement may
                                                                                                                     result in suspension or curtailment of tuition. All students should note the rehearsal day and time of the relevant
NB: If your child does not attend classes and/or you do not offer a written explanation for their absence before     ensemble and are advised not to enrol/re-enrol unless they are both prepared and able to participate in the
Monday 9 September 2019, their Musicianship/Windwise place will automatically be offered to the next child on        relevant performing group.
the waiting list. Unexplained absence of 3 classes or more during term will result in discontinuation.
                                                                                                                     (v) Examinations
(iii) Individual instrument/voice/speech lessons
                                                                                                                     Your attention is drawn to the following requirement:
Individual lessons (instrument/voice/speech) recommence on Monday 2 September, 2019. If you have already
been receiving individual lessons your lecturer may have arranged the day and time for your lesson with you          All part-time students are required to take the appropriate Cork School of Music Grade Examination at the end
before you finished in June. If your lecturer did not arrange the day and time for your lesson with you before       of each academic year unless dispensation has been granted in advance by the relevant Head of Department on
you finished in June, or you are due to commence lessons this September, your lecturer will contact you either       the recommendation of the relevant lecturer. Dispensation will only be granted for exceptional circumstances –
by telephone or by postcard so that all the details can be arranged/confirmed.                                       and, when it is, no refund will be made of the contribution required of all part-time students to the cost of the
                                                                                                                     grade examination system. Students who, for any reason, do not sit a Grade Examination may be required to
If you wish to negotiate days and times of individual lessons with specific members of the academic staff you        show evidence of progress by performing for the relevant Head of Department or his/her nominee before being
will find their direct-dial telephone numbers listed at the end of this booklet. PLEASE do NOT ring members of       allowed to re-enrol. For all Cork School of Music Grade Examinations the Examiners’ decisions are final. You are
the management or administrative staff in this regard.                                                               advised not to enrol/re-enrol unless you are prepared to abide by this requirement.

(iv) Performing Groups & Ensembles
      [Bands, Choirs, Drama Groups, Orchestras;
      Chamber Music Ensembles, Piano Ensemble Classes]

We are hoping that it will not be necessary for any changes to be made to the list of rehearsal days/times. Please
consult this list carefully to ensure that you avoid clashes arising with Musicianship Classes (where alternative
options exist) and/or with your individual lesson(s). Instrumental teachers will advise which orchestra/band/
drama group a student should attend. Conductors of choral groups will do likewise.

Unless you are notified otherwise by the relevant conductor/director, rehearsals for all the performing groups
start during the week commencing Monday 9 September 2019.

Membership of chamber music ensembles is dependent on resource availability, and made by the relevant Head
of Department on an annual basis. The constitution of Chamber Music ensembles will be finalised as soon as                            ‘Rising Stars’ concert at
possible after the commencement of the academic year.                                                                                 RDS April 2018

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Part-time Courses:
                                                                                                                      Summary information
(vi) Payment of Fees                                                                                                  E&OE July 2019

TWO IMPORTANT POINTS:                                                                                                 ADMISSION
(a) Fees (per term [2]) must be paid in advance of students receiving lessons/classes. Please keep your Enrolment     Anyone can apply to become a student of the School.
    Form safely and send it/bring it to the Public Office when you pay your fees. Members of the School’s
    academic staff are not permitted to give any student an individual lesson/class when each of the academic         Applications are accepted online at: (the precise dates will be published
    terms commence unless that student produces either:                                                               on the CSM website in January of each year Paper applications are accepted for instrumental
    (i)   an official receipt that shows the fee has been paid; or                                                    applications. Late applications are accepted for most courses, however, students who apply before the closing
    (ii) an official notice in lieu signed by the Head of School. Such a notice will be issued to students and/       date are given priority. The number of applications exceeds the number of places available in some cases.
          or their parents who make an acceptable case for permission to delay payment and/or for a reduction
          in their fee liability (see below).                                                                         Apart from this publication of Information for Students & Staff, an Enrolment Information Booklet is also
                                                                                                                      available from the School and online at It is vital that prospective students and their parents read this
(b) No student with an outstanding financial liability to the School for the 2018-19 Academic Session will be         thoroughly – it not only details the specific requirements for each given instrument/voice and/or ensemble, but
    allowed to re-enrol for the 2019-2020 Academic Session until that liability has been discharged in full.          also explains clearly and concisely the age and stage in school a prospective student should be when applying
                                                                                                                      to become a student of the CSM. In addition, an Open Day for prospective part-time students and their parents
WHEN ARE THE FEES DUE AND HOW CAN THEY BE PAID?                                                                       takes place during March each year.

(i) Tuition Fees for Term 1 are due before Friday 30 August 2019                                                      Every child who is a “beginner” (i.e. has not already received instrumental tuition outside the School) is initially
    Tuition Fees for Term 2 are due before Friday 17 January 2020                                                     required to apply for a place in a Musicianship class or on the Windwise programme. (NB The Windwise
                                                                                                                      programme has been specifically designed to encourage students who think they might want to learn a
(ii) Fees may be paid either:                                                                                         woodwind or brass instrument when they are old enough, by being able to follow an integrated musicianship
     (a) by post to arrive on or before Friday 30 August 2019                                                         and recorder programme.) Most Musicianship and Windwise classes take place twice weekly for the first two
		        (to allow time for you to receive your receipt before the first individual lesson is due);                  years. Windwise students are automatically assigned to an appropriate Musicianship class on completion of the
		 or                                                                                                                 two-year programme. After the first two years Musicianship classes are held once a week (3 years for Junior
     (b) in person at the School’s Public Office in the Cork School of Music, Union Quay.                             Infant intake).
     (c) tuition fees can also be paid online at:
                                                                                                                      Having completed at least one year in a Musicianship class or two years of the Windwise programme, and having
NB: Payment can be made by credit/debit card.                                                                         attained the minimum age required, every child is eligible to apply for instrumental lessons. Every applicant is
                                                                                                                      assessed by the relevant Department and ranked according to the result of the assessment and the result they
Normal office hours: 10.00 a.m. - 12.45 p.m. & 2.15 - 4.45 p.m.                                                       achieve in the end-of-year Musicianship class tests. Instrumental lessons are then allocated according to the
Extended office hours (NB ONLY 27 Aug - 31 Aug): 10.00 a.m. - 4.45 p.m.                                               number of places available and the ranking achieved. It is important that everyone understands and accepts
Unpaid cheques attract a €30 charge.                                                                                  that very few instrumental places arise each year. Lists of private teachers recommended by the relevant Head
                                                                                                                      of Department are always available from the School’s Public Office. Any student in a Musicianship class or on
CAN FEES BE PAID IN ARREARS? ARE THERE ANY CONSEQUENCES?                                                              the Windwise programme who is not allocated an individual instrumental lessons will automatically proceed into
                                                                                                                      the next year of the Junior Musicianship Programme if they are eligible to do so, and may re-apply the following
Although fees may be paid in arrears up to 4.30 p.m. on Friday 6 September 2019 (either by post, in person or         March for instrumental tuition provided they have not passed the relevant age limit. An unexplained absence for
online), lessons will be forfeited until payment is made. The School will regard any students who have not paid       more than 3 classes may result in discontinuation from the programme.
their fees (or had an application for permission to delay payment and/or for a reduction in fee liability approved)
before Friday 6 September 2019 as ineligible for enrolment, and will proceed to allocate their places to those        Applicants who are “non-beginners” (i.e. have already received instrumental/vocal tuition outside the School)
next on the waiting lists.                                                                                            will be considered on the basis of (i) a Departmental audition/examination, and (ii) the availability of a place. It
                                                                                                                      is important that everyone understands and accepts that very few places arise each year. Successful applicants
CAN I APPLY TO DELAY PAYMENT OF FEES AND/OR FOR A REDUCTION IN FEE                                                    under the age of twelve years will also be required to join an appropriate Musicianship/Access class by submitting
                                                                                                                      a completed application form online upon receiving confirmation of an allocated instrumental place.
Application for permission to delay payment of fees and/or for a reduction in fee liability                           Anyone interested in singing is initially encouraged to join the appropriate School choir because individual
must be made in writing to the Head of School to arrive not later than 30th August 2019.                              singing lessons are not offered to person under the age of 16.
Applications will be dealt with in confidence.

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MUSICIANSHIP                                                                                                      KINDERMUSIC
The School organises the provision of Musicianship classes in the following way:                                  The School provides a Kindermusic programme for pre-school children in the following way:

Junior Musicianship (Primary School)                                                                              K1       (one 45-minute class per week): A one-year programme for children who will enter a Junior Infant
                                                                                                                           class in Primary School in September 2020.
Junior Infants entry:     3 years of two 45 min classes per week, thereafter one 60 min class per week.
                          [Class titles: J1 – J8]                                                                   NB               Attendance in each class with the child by an appropriate adult (ideally a parent or guardian)
                                                                                                                  		                 is required for K1 classes.
Senior Infants entry:     2 years of two 45 min classes per week, thereafter one 60 min class per week.
                          [Class titles: MX1 – MX7 or S1 – S7]                                                      NB               A child taking K1 does not have an automatic right to a place in the Junior Musicianship
                                                                                                                  		                 programme, or the right to apply for an instrumental place until they have completed at least
1st Class entry:          2 years of two 45 min classes per week, thereafter one 60 min class per week.           		                 one year of the Junior Musicianship programme.
                          [Class titles: MP1 – MP6]
2nd and 3rd Class entry: 2 years of two 45 min classes per week, thereafter one 60 min class per week.
                         [Class titles: M1 – M5]                                                                  Poco-dots is a one-year course offered to children who are not ready to join a Junior Musicianship class. Classes
                                                                                                                  take place once weekly for 45 minutes.
Senior Musicianship (Post-Primary School)
                                                                                                                  On completion of this course children must make an application to join a Junior Musicianship class.
1st to 5th Year:          One 60 min class per week
                          [Class titles: SM1 – SM4]
                                                                                                                  Progress Reports
All instrumental students of the School are required to complete the Junior Musicianship Programme and be
                                                                                                                  All students will receive a Progress Report during their first year of a Musicianship programme. This report will
successful in the relevant examinations at the end of each year.
                                                                                                                  address the student’s ability to function in a group, as well as academic, application and attendance issues.
                                                                                                                  Progress reports may also be issued to students other than those in their first year – e.g. to those who have
Windwise Programme- Years 1 and 2: two 60-minute class per week
                                                                                                                  changed programmes, or to those whose engagement with their study is in need of support. Progress reports
This is a special programme for children who are in Second class and upwards in preparation for the study of a
                                                                                                                  are also issued to all students who are repeating a stage.
wind or brass instrument on completion of the programme.

The four-year Senior Musicianship Programme is optional and entry is subject to a minimum achievement of 70%      Progression
in all areas of the final examination of the Junior Musicianship Programme and class lecturer’s recommendation.
                                                                                                                  The minimum mark for progression to the next stage is 70% at Junior and Senior levels – with the exception
                                                                                                                  of the final year of the Junior Musicianship Programme where a mark of 70% is required in each area of
Entry to the Leaving Certificate Music class is based on an assessment, and applicants must have completed SM3
                                                                                                                  assessment for entry to Senior Musicianship.
prior to application.

                                                                                                                  Appeals procedure
                                                                                                                  Appeals of Junior and Senior Musicianship examination results must be lodged in writing before 31 August with
                                                                                                                  the Head of School who will review the result in consultation with the Head of the Department of Musicianship
                                                                                                                  & Academic Studies, relevant Lecturer, and Examiners – or, in the case of the Senior Musicianship, the Senior
                                                                                                                  Musicianship Course Board.

                                                                                                                                   Queries about any aspect of a musicianship class should be referred, in the first instance, to
                                                                                                                                      the class teacher. The query may subsequently be referred, in writing, to the Head of
                                                                                                                                       Musicianship & Academic Studies.

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PERFORMANCE TUITION                                                                                                   Progress Reports
The School organises the provision of instrumental & vocal tuition in the following way:                              All individual performance tuition lecturers issue Progress Reports every January
                                                                                                                      and/or May that address progress, application and attendance. Students about
Junior Cycle       Grades: Primary, 1 & 2                      Normal lesson duration: 30 minutes per week            whom lecturers report unsatisfactory progress, application or attendance may
Intermediate Cycle Grades: 3, 4 & 5                            Normal lesson duration 30/45 minutes per week          not be re-enrolled.
				                                                           as appropriate
                                                                                                                      Performance Grade Examinations
Senior Cycle Grades: 6, 7 & 8                                  Normal lesson duration: 30/45/60 minutes per
				                                                           week as appropriate                                    Students who receive individual performance tuition are required to take the
                                                                                                                      appropriate Cork School of Music Grade Examination at the end of each academic
The School provides tuition for as many students as resources permit up to the end of the                             year. Students who, for any reason, do not sit a Grade Examination will be required
Junior Cycle.                                                                                                         to evidence progress by performing for the relevant Head of Department or his/her
                                                                                                                      nominee before being allowed to re-enrol. Cork School of Music Grade Examinations
The tuition offered during the Junior Cycle seeks to ensure that every student is provided with a firm foundation     are conducted as follows:
for their musical studies regardless of whether the School is in a position to offer any given student tuition at a
                                                                                                                         Examinations at the end of each cycle: normally by a panel of three examiners,
higher level.
                                                                                                                         one of whom is an External Moderator
Access to the Intermediate Cycle requires:
                                                                                                                          All other grade examinations: normally by a panel of three internal examiners
1. a mark of at least 80% in the School’s Grade 2 examination
2. a satisfactory lecturer’s report                                                                                   The mark scheme for all grade examinations is as follows:
3. a satisfactory performance in the relevant Musicianship classes (except where an exemption has been                    Technical & Repertory requirements                   85 - 90 marks
                                                                                                                          Sight-reading		                                      10 - 15 marks
4. the availability of a place
                                                                                                                          Total		                                              100 marks
Students studying Suzuki violin/viola/cello in their Primary School must achieve a minimum of 80% in at least
the School’s Grade 3 Examination by the end of 6th class to be eligible for lessons to continue when they move
to their second-level school.                                                                                         The results for all grade examinations are classified as follows:
Access to the Senior Cycle requires:                                                                                      A total mark between 60 and 79                       Pass
1. a mark of at least 85% in the School’s Grade 5 examination                                                             A total mark between 80 and 84                       Pass with Credit
2. a satisfactory lecturer’s report                                                                                       A total mark between 85 and 89                       Pass with Merit
3. a satisfactory performance in the relevant Musicianship classes (except where an exemption has been                    A total mark of 90 or over                           Pass with Distinction
4. a satisfactory contribution to a designated CSM band/choir/orchestra
                                                                                                                      Certificates are issued to students in respect of the grade examinations held at the end of each cycle.
5. the availability of a place
                                                                                                                      Criteria for Progression
                                                                                                                      A mark of 80% or above is normally required for progression from any grade to the next, with the exception
                                                                                                                      of Grade VI, which requires a mark of 85% to have been achieved at Grade V.
                                                                                                                      A student who receives a mark between 70% and 79% in any grade is not automatically entitled to continue
                                                                                                                      receiving lessons. The relevant Head of Department will facilitate such a student to continue studying in the
                                                                                                                      School only if they are aware of a good Musicianship record, in receipt of a very positive recommendation
                                                                                                                      from the lecturer concerned, and a place exists. The relevant Head of Department also reserves the right to
                                                                                                                      require any student to repeat the grade.

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Health & Safety Matters

A mark between 60% and 69% is regarded as a basic level of achievement, but does not evidence an ability
to undertake the next grade. Lessons will be discontinued unless the relevant Head of Department is aware of
                                                                                                                      ALL Parents & Guardians PLEASE NOTE:
extenuating circumstances, is aware of a good Musicianship record, is in receipt of a very positive recommendation
from the lecturer concerned, and a place exists. The relevant Head of Department also reserves the right to           •   CIT Cork School of Music is a public building, incorporating a public restaurant
require any student to repeat the grade.
                                                                                                                      •   Please be aware that it is the sole responsibility of parents/guardians to escort their children (2nd class or
Appeals procedure                                                                                                         younger), to and from studios/classrooms for lessons/classes. Parents are responsible for children outside
                                                                                                                          lesson/class/rehearsal time.
Appeals of performance grade examination results must be lodged in writing before the end of term with the
Head of School, who will review the result in consultation with the relevant Head of Department, Lecturer and
                                                                                                                      •   Young children should be supervised at all times and should not use the lifts unless accompanied by an adult
                                                                                                                      •   In accordance with Child Protection legislation, photography and/or audio/visual recording is strictly
Scholarships and awards                                                                                                   prohibited except where express permission has been given by a parent/guardian and lecturer

At present, the School awards a Scholarship to every student Grade 2 and higher, who obtains a mark of 90 or          •   Running, climbing, heelies and scooters are not permitted in the building
over in an instrumental grade examination. The Scholarship covers 50% of the cost of the student’s relevant
one-to-one lessons during the following year.                                                                         •   Apart from bottled water, eating and drinking are not permitted other than in the public areas of the Ground
                                                                                                                          Floor Concourse

School performing groups                                                                                              •   Chewing gum is not permitted anywhere in the building
The School is proud of the range and standard of bands, choirs and orchestras that it provides, and regards the
ensemble training and musical experience provided by these ensembles as critical to the proper development of         •   All students must take responsibility for their own belongings and instruments and be mindful of the hazards
all instrumental and vocal students.                                                                                      they may present to others

The School wishes its students to appreciate that it is a privilege for them to be a member of an ensemble.           •   The HelpDesk is situated on the Ground Floor by the Main Staircase. All children should be aware of its
Students are required to join the appropriate ensemble as advised by the relevant Head of                                 location and use it as a first point of contact in case of any difficulty
One of the most important requirements of a musician - amateur or professional - is that they are reliable.           To help preserve the well-being of fellow students and the staff, a student who is not well enough to attend
To this end, once a student becomes a member of a School ensemble, s/he is required to attend rehearsals              school during the day should not attend music classes or lessons after school hours on the same day.
punctually and regularly.
                                                                                                                      All students are asked to regard skin hygiene as of major importance. Apart from ensuring that hands are
Reliable participation in a School ensemble is taken into account when students are assessed for places in the        washed thoroughly immediately before every lesson, it is absolutely vital that every student and/or parent should
Senior cycle (see above).                                                                                             inform their lecturer(s) immediately if they develop any sort of skin problem.
Membership of the CSM Choirs, except Cappella Lyrica, is open to applicants who are not current CSM students
also.                                                                                                                 Students and/or their parents must inform their lecturer(s) if they are suffering from any sort of illness/allergy
                                                                                                                      and/or are taking any medication. For example, it is particularly important that our lecturers know if a student
                                                                                                                      suffers from asthma, diabetes, and/or epilepsy so that they can respond in an informed way to any event.
School recitals & concerts
                                                                                                                      It is your responsibility to ensure that each lecturer is alerted to any hearing and/or sight problems and/or
The School is also proud of the range and extent of opportunities it provides for its students and staff to perform   learning difficulties that might affect a student’s ability to respond in either a class or an individual lesson.
in public.
It is absolutely vital that music students get to hear as much music as possible as well as having the opportunity    If a student suffers from what is termed an ‘officially notifiable illness’ naturally we must be informed.
to perform to properly constituted audiences.
It is recommended that parents set a good example by attending whenever possible, and encourage their
children to learn through listening whilst supporting their peers.
Parents & students are advised to check the School website for concert details on a regular basis

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CIT Cork School of Music
                                                                                                                      Competitions 2019-2020
Please rest assured that the School’s staff will treat all information in this regard confidentially.                 Rules applying to all competitions

The CIT Cork School of Music is committed to creating a safe and healthy environment for the children with            •   All competition entries must be made on the official entry form which, together with the appropriate entry
whom it works/interacts to ensure their safety and welfare at all times. CIT’s Child Protection Policy is available       fee, must be lodged at the School’s Public Office (G16) by 4.30 p.m. on the relevant closing date.
                                                                                                                      •   Under no circumstances will competition entries be accepted after 4.30 p.m. on the closing dates specified.
                                                                                                                      •   An individual or ensemble awarded first place in any competition may not re-enter the same competition the
                                                                                                                          following year.

                                                                                       Ellen Jansson, winner of       •   No competitor may perform repertory they have performed in any other CSM competition in the previous
                                                                                       the COS Emerging Artist            three years (including the current academic year).
                                                                                       Award 2018.
                                                                                                                      •   Competitions are not open to members of staff.

                                                                                                                      Junior Concerto Competition
                                                                                                                      Entry fee		                                            €20
                                                                                                                      Entries accepted from		                                Monday 4 November 2019
                                                                                                                      Closing date for entries		                             4.30pm on Friday 15 November 2019
                                                                                                                      Dates of competition		                                 Thursday 5 December 2019

                                                                                                                                                The Junior Concerto Competition is open to students who are currently enrolled in
                                                                                                                                                the School to study the instrument chosen for the competition. Entrants must be
                                                                                                                                                under the age of 17 years (on October 1st preceding the date of the competition) and
                                                                                                                                                not have passed the School’s Grade VIII examination for the instrument chosen for
                                                                                                                                                the competition. Candidates are required to perform, with piano accompaniment, a
                                                                                                                                                complete concerto from the standard concert repertory.

                                                                                                                                                The winner is awarded the ARUP Perpetual Trophy, a cash prize
                                                                                                                                                and if possible, be given an opportunity to perform as soloist
                                                                                                                                                with one of the School orchestras.

                                                                                                                      Winner 2018-2019: Kate O’Shea (Violin)

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