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It is proposed that from September 2017 the BA in Jazz Performance, currently offered by Newpark Music Centre will be renamed the BA in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance, and will be accredited by DCU.

A key feature of this programme includes the proposed continuation of an opportunity for students on the programme to transfer into Berklee College of Music in Boston (www.berklee.edu), one of the most prestigious music schools in the world in the field of contemporary music. Proposed programme modules include Instrumental and Vocal Tuition, Aural Training, Ensemble Performance, Composition and Arranging, Jazz History, and Music Business.

Application to the programme will be through the CAO, with the audition/performance assessment, subject to accreditation, taking place on Saturday, 8 April  for September 2017 entry.

An aural/theory test is not required.  As entry will be by audition, this will be a restricted entry programme, meaning prospective students will need to have selected this as one of their choices when completing their CAO application in February – availing of the CAO Change of mind facility will not be an option.

Please visit the DCU website for further information: DCU - BA in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance


As a founder member of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ), Newpark Music Centre established its Jazz and Contemporary Music Department in 1986 and is now recognised as the primary centre for jazz and jazz related music education in the country. The staff is drawn from the finest performers and teachers from Ireland and abroad, ensuring that students are constantly kept up to date with the latest musical techniques, concepts and trends.

Newpark Music Centre is pleased to be able to offer two full-time courses, the Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance(BAJP) and the Berklee Track (Higher Certificate in Music).

The Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance (BAJP) is a non-classical undergraduate music performance degree and represents an exciting development in music education in Ireland. The BAJP is a Level 8 Honours Degree and is validated by QQI, Quality and Qualifications Ireland.

The Higher Certificate in Arts in Contemporary Music (Berklee Track), is a two-year course which provides a thorough grounding in professional musicianship and also prepares students for entry into the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, and is the result of an Articulation Agreement between Berklee and Newpark Music Centre. The programme is a Level 6 Higher Certificate in Music and is validated by QQI.

You can find further details on these courses and other aspects of studying as a full-time student in Newpark Music Centre in this section. Please contact us for further information on
+353-1-2883740 / 2108188
or email fulltime@newparkmusic.ie