Department of Music

New Audiences and Innovative Practice / NAIP 

Curriculum 2023-2024

Learning Outcomes

The following learning outcomes reflect the AEC descriptors for second cycle (Masters) programmes and the Polifonia/Dublin descriptors for second cycle programmes. Both sets of descriptors assume a continuous progression, extension and/or enhancement of skills typically associated with the completion of a first cycle programme in music higher education. At the completion of their studies, a student should...

Skills in Artistic Expression

  • be able to create, realise and express unambiguously to specialist and non- specialist audiences their own artistic concepts as a high-level performer, composer and/or leader, emerging as a well developed musical personality.

Creative and Transformative Skills

  • demonstrate considerable capacity in creating and developing original musical material inspired by people, context and purpose.
  • be able to re-create and transform repertoire building upon experience with representative works in their area and a variety of other musical styles and genres.

Performance Skills

  • be able to project their musical ideas fluently, sensitively and with confidence in a variety of performance settings and for a variety of audiences using a wide range of musical material.

Improvisation Skills

  • be able to improvise with fluency responding appropriately to the context.

Ensemble Skills

  • be able to take an accompanying/supporting role within ensemble activities.
  • be able to take a leadership role within ensemble activities.

Workshop Skills

  • be able to facilitate learning in formal and non-formal settings
  • be able to participate and collaborate effectively within music making environments in a variety of settings.
  • be able to apply appropriate creative workshop skills when interacting with a particular audience.

Technical Skills

  • be able to continuously renew and develop skills such as rehearsing, practising, interpreting and reading in order to support their ability to realise and express artistic concepts of their own and other’s.

Knowledge and Understanding of Repertoire and Musical Materials

  • through self-directed study, research and practice, have acquired a comprehensive knowledge of relevant repertoire and be able to apply their knowledge about the common elements and organisational patterns of music to express artistic concepts of their own and other’s.

Knowledge and Understanding of Context

  • be able to seek and apply knowledge from other fields of research.
  • possess knowledge of musical styles and their associated performing traditions in order to be able to develop, present and demonstrate programmes that are coherent and suitable to the performing context(s).
  • have a profound understanding of the interrelationship between their theoretical and practical studies and should have a sense of how to use this knowledge to strengthen their own artistic development.


  • have become fully autonomous learners, able to integrate knowledge and to undertake in an organized manner tasks that may be extended and complex, applied in new or unfamiliar contexts, or based upon incomplete or limited information.

Psychological Understanding

  • be able to demonstrate self-awareness in a variety of situations, and be self- confident and experienced in working with various target groups from different backgrounds.

Critical awareness

  • be able to make reflexive decisions based upon their critical responses, continuously renewing and developing their personal skills and knowledge within their profession.

Communication and project management skills

  • have become confident and experienced in their communication and social skills, including the ability to
  • initiate and work with others on joint projects or activities,
  • show skills in leadership, teamwork, negotiations and organisation, o integrate with other individuals in a variety of cultural contexts,
  • demonstrate their command of language (written or spoken),
  • present complex work in accessible form,
  • interact with and respond to a variety of audiences
  • be able to apply, using project management techniques, their knowledge, artistic understanding and problem-solving abilities in unfamiliar and/or multi- disciplinary contexts.
MC Mandatory Course
E Elective Course

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Study Structure

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