DT501 Programme Description The demand for the talents of Irish musicians worldwide has never been more apparent. Alongside the iPod generation of musicians there is a strong desire for the talents of both classical and traditional vocalists and musicians. The Bachelor of Music full-time degree programme is designed to educate music students to a professional level as performers (both classical and Irish traditional). It also prepares students for careers as instrumental or vocal teachers, as composers and historical studies graduates. All students are given the opportunity to showcase their talents by participating in a diverse programme of concerts, recitals and stage performances which are supported and enhanced by comprehensive academic content. This programme places a major emphasis on performance combined with supporting academic study. Areas studied include composition techniques; history of music; aural training; an introduction to education studies; music technology. In years three and four, students choose a strand which enables them to concentrate on one of the following: Performance, Composition, Pedagogy, Irish Traditional Music or Historical Studies. Participation in ensembles is a core element in the programme. Ensembles include Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Choral Society, Chamber Choir, Opera Ensemble, Irish Traditional Music Ensemble, Big Band, New Music Ensemble, Early Music Ensemble and Guitar Orchestra.