Mount Sackville Secondary School

Sisters of St.Joseph of Cluny, Chapelizod, Dublin 20


Junior Cycle

The first year program is designed to give pupils a basic grounding in music theory in preparation for the Junior Certificate. Students study notation, sol-fa, chord construction, orchestral features, Irish music and history. 
In second year students can choose to take music as an option for the Junior Certificate. As well as a written paper in June; 25% of the marks are awarded for performance in April. The standard required is equivalent to a grade two in a RIAM or ABRSM. Students are advised to seek private tuition on an instrument if they wish to take music as a subject. 

Instrumental Tuition

Individual instrumental tuition is offered at competitive rates to all students in piano, violin/viola and voice.  Harp, flute and any other instrument can be catered for subject to demand. Written theory tuition is offered to students taking instrumental tuition. Teachers are highly qualified and experienced.

Students may be prepared for examinations in their instrument to cover the practical aspects of Junior Certificate (25% of mark) and Leaving Certificate (50% of mark) Musicianship. Students may also prepare for instrumental examinations and written theory examinations with the Royal Irish Academy of Music.  Mount Sackville Secondary School hosts an examining centre for the RIAM summer practical session. Examinations for other recognized colleges may be prepared for as required.

Students may also be prepared for Feiseanna and school recitals. Orchestral instumentalists are invited to join the School Orchestra. Students of voice are invited to join School Choirs.

Teachers: Ms Aine Mulvey, Ms Sarah Lane, Mr Aengus Ryan, Ms Margaret Slyne (Co-ordinator)

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Mount Sackville School Orchestra

The orchestra had a membership of 25 instrumentalists this year, incorporating strings, brass and woodwind and caters for a range of ability levels.  The girls rehearse for one lunchtime each week and perform at the annual senior school concert and the 6th year graduation.  The orchestra have competed in Feis Ceoil and give occasional lunchtime concerts during the school year.

Mount Sackville Secondary School Choir

Mount Sackville Secondary School choir is composed of students from 4th, 5th and 6th years and rehearses during lunch breaks a few days a week.  The choir has sung on R.T.E. radio and television, B.B.C. television and Lyric FM.  It has won many awards including Feis Ceoil, and was awarded the John Cunningham trophy for best school choir at the Cork International Choral Festival in 1999.  Mount Sackville is the only choir to have won the schools’ choral competition more than once – winning 1st prize in 1995, 1998 and 1999 and 2nd place in 1997 and 2000.

The choir has performed in France and also at the “Island Journey” concerts in the National Concert Hall and the Belfast Waterfront with the Ulster Orchestra and they sang with Russell Watson in the point depot, Dublin.  A major choral work is performed each year by the choir, at their Christmas charity concert.  They are committed to the performance of contemporary works by Irish composers.  Students from 5th and 6th year also perform in a Madrigal group and transition year students perform a musical every year.

Music Teachers

Ms Judith Gannon, Mr Aengus Ryan, Ms Anne Moroney, Ms Aine Mulvey, Ms Sarah Lane, Ms Margaret Slyne.

Useful Links

Overviews of the six main periods in music history: Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Twentieth Century. There are biographies of nearly 70 composers.

Third Level music courses in Ireland

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