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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for Junior Conservatory or Continuing Education courses?

Submit an online application at www.dit.ie/conservatory.  On-line applications for instrumental tuition open on in mid January each year and close on 31 March.  Applicants will be called to audition in May.  Applicants who apply after the March closing date may be charged a late application fee and will be auditioned in June, subject to availability of places.

Do I need to attend an audition?

Places for Kid's Club and Pre-Instrumental classes are offered on a 'first-come, first-served’ basis – apply early to avoid disappointment.  Places for instrumental and vocal lessons are made on the basis of an audition.

When are the auditions?

Auditions for on-­time applicants take place in May and you will receive an email indicating the precise date and time of your audition.  Please note that there is no audition fee.  Auditions for late applicants take place in June, subject to availability of places.

What are the audition requirements?

Keyboard Department, Beginners

Auditions for beginners take place in 2 stages.  Audition/Trial mini-­lesson:  Applicants are invited to take an audition where they may be asked to sing a song, take some simple aural tests and may be given a short trial lesson.  (Applicants who can play another instrument should play one piece on that instrument.)

Applicants are also required to take a musical aptitude test.  The test is usually administered in groups of 10–­15.  It is designed for use by small children and involves listening to a recording and responding by circling pictures on a page to test rhythmic and pitch response.  A trial run is given before the test begins.  The result of the audition is added to the result of the aptitude test and those scoring highest are offered places.

Keyboard Department, Non-­beginners

Non-­beginners for both the Junior Conservatory and Continuing Education (over-­18) division are expected to perform two contrasting pieces appropriate to their standard, and take sight-­reading and aural tests.  They may be asked to perform scales appropriate to their level.  A short, informal interview also takes place at the audition.  Continuing Education students are expected to have appropriate performance experience. The following criteria are also applied.

Age 10-11 – should have passed grade 2-3 or equivalent

Age 12-13 – should have passed grade 3-4 or equivalent

Age 14-15 – should have passed grade 5 or equivalent

Age 16-17 – should have passed grade 6-7 or equivalent

Orchestral Department, Beginners

Beginners should be prepared to sing a song, take some simple aural tests and may be given a short trial lesson.  If the applicant can play another instrument, they should prepare one piece on that instrument.

Orchestral Department, Non-­beginners

Applicants under 18 who have already received tuition on their instrument are welcome to apply to the Junior Conservatory.  The Continuing Education division caters for experienced students aged 18 and over.  Applicants are asked to perform two contrasting pieces appropriate to their standard, and take sight-­reading and aural tests.  They may be asked to perform scales appropriate to their level.  A short, informal interview also takes place at the audition.

Vocal Department

Applicants are asked to prepare two contrasting songs.

What happens next?

You will receive an email informing you of the result of the audition.  There are three possibilities: an offer of a place, placement on the waiting list, or not being offered a place.

What if I receive an email saying that I am on the waiting list?

This means you have passed the audition, but that an offer cannot be made until a place becomes available in your chosen instrument/voice.  Offers to candidates on the waiting list are generally made around the middle of September and continue to made until all vacant places are filled, usually in early October.  Please note that the waiting list status is only relevant for the upcoming academic year and if you do not receive a place you must re-­audition to be considered for a place in the following year.

How do I register and pay fees?

You can find more information at DIT Registration Services for Part-time Music Students

When do classes take place?

Pre-­Junior, Junior and Continuing Education classes take place from September until June and are held on weekday afternoons and evenings, and on Saturdays.

Do I attend a Musicianship Class?

All Junior Conservatory and Continuing Education students attend a musicianship class to support teaching and learning in the instrumental/vocal lesson.

Do I attend an Ensemble?

Students studying an orchestral instrument or voice attend a weekly ensemble rehearsal.

Can I choose to study with a particular teacher?

You may request to study with a particular teacher.  We will try to accommodate your request but cannot guarantee to do so.  All our teachers are highly qualified and experienced.

How can I find out more?

Get in touch with us at conservatory@dit.ie.