Further Education

Further Education 2024-2025

Music Performance and Production 5M2011

The students will gain knowledge of music theory and its practical application to musical styles and genres including writing their own songs. Students explore the structure of the music industry in addition to gaining practical skills in recording and producing music in a modern production environment. Students also learn how to plan and organise events as part of the course. *NOTE: You need to play an instrument or sing to apply for this course. Lessons in instrument techniques are not provided as part of the course.

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent.

  • Pre-entry guidance meeting

  • Mature Applicants welcome

Course Content
  • Music Theory and Practice 5N1849

  • Music Performance 5N1301

  • Music Industry Studies 5N1458

  • Sound Engineering and Production 5N1900

  • Music Technology 5N1640

  • Communications 5N0690

  • Work Experience 5N1356

  • Event Production 5N1374

Optional Modules

Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths as an extra module.


This award is achieved by working on practical projects using Notation Software in Music and Industry Standard Software, such as Reaper, Pro Tools, and a selection of third-party Plugins. Learners will be guided through the process of preparing to work with the required hardware and software.

Throughout the year students are assigned projects and must also prove their competence in several skills demonstrations in the various disciplines. Skills demonstrations in Music involve the application of the learned theory in keyboard skills and arrangement of songs as well as aural tests.

In Music Performance skills demonstrations assess the student's progress in a series of gigs. The skills demonstrations are integrated with Event Production and overlaps with Music Industry Studies.

In the technology areas skills demonstrations involve the use of microphones, interfaces, cables, mixers and monitors. At the end of the year there are theory exams in certain subjects.


QQI Level 5 Award in Music (5M2011)


Successful completion of this Level 5 Award may lead to entry into the Level 6 Course in Media Production at GTI. Additionally, students who successfully complete this course may entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the Higher Education Links Schemes.

The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at the CAO website.

Please Note: Many music degree courses specify entry criteria such as audition, test or interview.

Click here for details of CAO Requirements Lookup.

University of Galway


Dundalk IT

*DK768 Bachelor of Arts in Audio and Music Production

*DK860 BA Hons in Music

University College Cork

*CK104 BA Arts-Music

Dublin Business School

*DB510 BA Hns in Audio Production and Music Project Management

Dublin City University

*DC014 Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance

**ATU Letterkenny **

*LC270 Music Technology and Production Level 7

Maynooth University

*MH103 Bachelor of Music

*MH101 Bachelor of Arts

Trinity College

*TR002 Music

**Technological University Dublin **

*TU961 Commercial Modern Music

South East Technological University, Waterford

*WD027 Music


Graduates of this programme may find employment in the Music and related Media Industries as Musicians, Sound Engineers, Music Producers, Managers, Agents, Promoters and many other professions.

Students have the option to achieve ABRSM (Associated Board Royal Society of Music) qualifications (Grades 1-5) depending on prior experience.


Student Contribution: €175

Please note: Additional charges may apply. Details TBC.


This is a full-time one-year course and runs from September to May

Student Testimonials
  • I did the music performance and production course at GTI and was so glad I did. It was a very interesting course that gave me a chance to learn about all aspects of the music industry. I enjoyed the practical aspects of the course and the hands-on experience with live music. All the teachers are very friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to explore a career in music. I greatly enjoyed my time at GTI.

Katherine Grace

  • I found this course to be a perfect introduction to the world of music and the many aspects of it- from event planning to melody composition, sound engineering to music industry studies. This course gives you a great opportunity to brush up on your music theory skills or even learn from scratch like I did. We also got to have fun with top class music editing software and make our own songs which was fun. I learned so much and really enjoyed the year!

Roisin Mulliez

  • The year that I have spent at GTI studying Music Production has greatly exceeded my expectations. The equipment used on the course is state of the art, with Apple Mac computers and a music keyboard at every desk, running software such as Ableton Live and Apple Logic among others. The real surprise this year was the passion and commitment of the tutors, driving the course to much greater heights than the strict confines of the syllabus, forging a team mentality among the group and creating a positive and enjoyable environment in which to learn.

Dermot O' Hare

  • I found the time I spent in GTI to be invaluable. From the very first day I was greeted with a warm atmosphere combined with years of experience and an ambition for professionalism. I was given a number of modules which helped us grasp the production of music using digital audio workstations while also learning the theory and practice of music, I still use this knowledge today. Given access to world class programs such as Logic Pro X and Ableton I was allowed to see how a studio is operated. I was also shown how to handle live sound equipment in the form of P.A. systems. All in all, the time I spent in Music Production Level 5 was the best experience I've ever had in education. I've since gone on to the Level 6 Media Production and have received employment within the media as a sound engineer.

Mark Connolly

GTI Student Testimonial Video- Rokaia Jedir

Please note

GTI reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.