The Cork Academy of Music aims to use music as a tool for social inclusion, using a holistic approach, which fosters appreciation and love for music as an art form. The Academy aims to support participants to attain internationally recognised qualifications and certification while creating progression pathways to both work and further education.
The Academy provides students with FETAC Major Level Awards under QQI Quality Assurance Standard programmes. The Academy is a recognised centre in the National Framework of Qualifications, Ireland. Modules provided include music industries study, music theory, I.T. skills, mathematics, communications, work experience, personal effectiveness, personal development and career information. In addition the Cork Academy of Music has developed a new and innovative music technology department and a piano laboratory to enhance our students’ potential in music training.
In 2009 the Academy developed a music programme for young people, 18 to 22 year olds early school leavers and ‘at risk’ young people in cooperation with the Department of Social Protection, Cork City Council and the City of Cork VEC, prior to 2009 the Academy’s main student intake was comprised of adults, mature students over 25 years. Using our own modules and training, with modifications, we achieved extraordinary results in this programme, 20 participants excelled in external music examinations and FETAC Major Award modules. For young people who had little or no experience in music, this programme has helped to change their lives. They have progressed to third level education, further education and employment.