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Junior Conservatory Curriculum

All Junior students take a Practical Lesson (instrument or voice) and a Musicianship class.  In addition, orchestral and vocal students participate in ensembles.

Practical Lessons

The Practical Lesson is the core activity for all students.  Weekly lessons are delivered on a one-to-one or group basis.  It is through these lessons that students learn essential performance techniques and the skills of musical communication.  Practical lessons are delivered through the Departments of Keyboard Studies; Orchestral Studies; and Vocal, Opera and Drama Studies.  Students will be entered for Conservatory grade examinations as part of their study.

For students up to Grade 5, weekly one-to-one practical lessons are of at least 30 minutes’ duration.  For students beyond Grade 5, weekly one-to-one practical lessons are normally of 45 or 60 minutes’ duration, depending on timetabling and staff availability.

We offer instrumental and vocal tuition in the following:

  • Piano, Organ, Harpsichord, Classical Accordion
  • Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
  • Flute, Oboe 
Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Recorder
  • Trumpet, Cornet, 
French Horn, 
  • Percussion
  • Concert Harp, Irish Harp, 
Classical Guitar
  • Singing, Repetiteur, Advanced Vocal Studies

Instruments and Equipment/Books

All orchestral and keyboard students are expected to have daily access to an instrument, and to practise regularly.  Students are expected to equip themselves with relevant materials (books, manuscript paper, etc.) as directed by their teachers.  Please download the here

Instrument Bank

Over the years, the Conservatory has built up a sizeable instrument bank.  Conservatory instruments are made available to talented students for limited periods of time through an instrument hire scheme.

Dr Lorraine O'Connell
tel:  +353 (0)1 402 7830