MA Classical String Performance

The MA Classical String Performance is unique due to its partnership with the Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO). Students receive a weekly instrumental lesson with the relevant ICO principal plus chamber music coaching and technique lessons with ICO members. MA students are also part of Academos, the Irish Chamber Orchestra run ensemble in residence at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

Specialised tuition in a wide range of performance practice techniques including audition techniques, Alexander, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, self-marketing, programme notes, performance anxiety, practice, professionalism, analysis, pedagogy etc.Sessions with accompanist, plus intensive coaching week with guest pianist on duo sonata repertoire.

A choice of electives and independent studies that draw upon the resources of the Irish World Academy – including Trad, Multimedia, Improvisation, Music Therapy, Community Music and many more.

Programme of Study
Semester 1

MU5401 Technique, Repertoire and Style 1

MU5411 Ensemble 1

MD8011 Creative Process 1

Semester 2

MU5402 Technique, Repertoire and Style 2

MU5412 Ensemble 2

MD8012 Creative Process 2

Semester 3

MU5403 Technique, Repertoire and Style 3

MU5053 Ensemble 3

MD5501 Irish World Academy of Music and Dance Autumn Elective

Semester 4

MD5522 Final Presentation


Entrance Requirements:

A primary degree with first or second class honours


an approved equivalent qualification


an equivalent capability based on prior professional experience

A performance audition and interview will be required in all cases.

Audio-visual audition material may be submitted by oversees candidates at the course director’s discretion.



Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick

Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287




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“This course is gently guiding me in the direction of becoming not only a true musician, but a true artist. The opportunities to play with the Irish chamber orchestra, coaching from the top professionals and providing us with a broader artistic knowledge has helped me develop as a player and person and has given me the confidence to grow.”

Jane Hackett

“I’ve really enjoyed my time on the course and I’m looking forward to what’s coming next. Working with the Irish Chamber Orchestra so closely has been inspiring and an amazing opportunity I will never forget.”
Renee Neeson

“We each receive a lot of individual attention. We are then able to concentrate on whatever areas we feel are most in need of improvement.”

Andrew Sheeran

“When I did the MA Classical String Performance, I focused on a classical piano and performance. I studied piano repertoire as well as chamber music. I was involved in many collaborative projects including live performances with dancers, filming and recording sessions and it was an amazing experience. The facilities and atmosphere at the Academy make it easy to embody your ideas in a creative practice. Currently I am doing a PhD at the Royal Holloway, University of London and studying at the inspiring Irish World Academy was a brilliant platform for my doctoral research.”

Elena Alekseeva, Student 2012- 2014

PhD Candidate, Royal Holloway, University of London

Lecturer in Digital Music Production, School of Arts & Media, Southampton SOLENT University



Enquiries in relation to the course can be made to:

Dr. Niall Keegan

Director of Undergraduate Studies,

Room No: IW1.17,

Irish World Academy of Music and Dance,

University of Limerick,

Limerick, Ireland.

Tel: +353-61-202465


Irish Chamber Orchestra