Open Day 2016

Open Day 2016

Music at UCC

Open Day 

Saturday 5 November 2016


Department of Music, Music Building,

 Sunday’s Well Road, Cork



(Please note that the Music Building is not on the main UCC campus, but on Sunday’s Well Road next to St. Vincent’s Church, approximately ten minutes walk from the city centre)




All prospective Music studentsand their parents and Music teachersare warmly invited to our annual open day. You will discover the exciting degree courses in Music offered by UCC, meet staff and students, see the Music Building and be entertained by some of the most vibrant music-making in Ireland. For those thinking of studying Music at university, there is simply no better introduction!


Programme (Visitors are asked to arrive between 10.00 and 10.30 a.m.)


10.00 a.m.   Tour

An opportunity to tour the Music Building, visiting various rooms with associated displays including the Gamelan Room, the Computer Room, the Audio-Visual Room, the Traditional Music Archive and the Sound Studio. Tours begin and end in the Ó Riada Hall where tea and coffee are served.


11.00 a.m.   Presentations

A presentation by the Head of Department and various staff members describing our Honours BA and BMus programmes. This is followed by advice on the Music Entrance Test and a question-and-answer session about music at UCC.


12.30 p.m.  Lunch

A sandwich lunch will be served


1.15 p.m.     Concert

A programme of music performed by current students of the Department of Music


2.00 p.m.     Further advice

Staff are on hand to offer further advice and answer any remaining queries




Further information overleaf

You can also find more information on our website at


Enquiries:  telephone: (021) 490 4530


Music at UCC: a brief guide


The Department of Music at University College, Cork, has long been known as a centre of excellence for both the study and the practice of music. The first lectureship dates from 1906, when Frederick St. John Lacy was appointed to the post. Initial enrolments were tiny by today’s standards; just three students had graduated with degrees in Music by 1931. The third such was gained by composer and folk music scholar Aloys Fleischmann (1910-92) who was subsequently appointed Professor of Music in 1934, a post he held until retirement in 1980. Fleischmann became a significant figure in the establishment and growth of formal music education at all levels in Ireland, and by the end of his career the Department had grown to a size of around 100 undergraduate and a dozen postgraduate students. Since then, there has been a further increase in size, and a systematic expansion of the kinds of music studied and of approaches to them. For instance, in 1994 UCC commissioned a newly made Javanese gamelan, Nyai Sekar Madu Sari (Venerable Flower of Honey Essence), which has become a core part of every undergraduate’s experience of music making. More recent “arrivals” include American shape-note singing, community music, klezmer, film music studies and multimedia composition.


In May 2000, the Department moved to a large, extensively refurbished building: the former St Vincent’s Monastery on Sunday’s Well Road (building no. 74 on the campus map at: /contentassets/maps/UCC_CAMPUS_MAP_23_11.pdf). The location provides staff offices, a recital hall, lecture and teaching rooms, ensemble and practice rooms, archives devoted to traditional music and dance, a sound studio, and facilities for computing and audio-visual work. In 2011, the Department of Music became part of the School of Music and Theatre, which is a constituent part of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Studies.


Our syllabus reflects a fundamental belief in the value and interest of all music—Irish and global; traditional and contemporary; classical, popular and experimental. Core courses provide fundamental skills for future work in the music profession and allied fields across this wide range of musical traditions. Meanwhile, the programme structure allows considerable choice, so that each student can select options that best reward exploration, inspiration, personal growth and focused specialisation as the degree progresses. This inclusive ethos reflects the realities of the contemporary world: music graduates need a broad, forward-looking foundation upon which they can continue to develop their expertise as new challenges and opportunities arise.



Honours degrees and their paths:


BA (Arts-Music), three years, CAO entry CK104 or CK112 with Drama

  • In year 1: Music (30 credits) and two other Arts subjects (each 15 credits).
  • In years 2-3, Music is taken with another Arts subject in one of the following paths:
    • Single Honours (Music 50 credits, non-Music subject 10 credits);
    • Major Honours (Music 40 credits, non-Music subject 20 credits);
    • Joint Honours (Music 30 credits, non-Music subject 30 credits).
  • Students who combine Music with a language subject, such as German, Italian and Chinese, can spend a year overseas as part of their degree.
  • In year 2, students may transfer to the four-year BMus (60 credits of Music each year).



Entry procedure


Prospective students apply through Ireland’s Central Applications Office (CAO). Each applicant takes UCC’s Music Entrance Test: those who pass are eligible for a place. Places are allocated by the CAO according to the quota system operated by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences at UCC.



Focus on scholarship and performance


The principal teaching and research specialities of the Department are composition; performance; improvisation; music, media and sound art; music technology; European music before 1750; contemporary music; jazz and popular music; hip-hop; Irish traditional music; music in England, Finland, India, Indonesia, China and Taiwan; music and gender; creativity and music education; music theatre; and film music.

Further information: see our website at


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