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Subject summary

Leaving Cert Music provides continuity and progression from Junior Certificate/Cycle Music. The general aims and overall shape of both is broadly similar. In providing the musical knowledge, understanding, practical competencies and attitudes appropriate to their age, abilities and interests, the syllabus caters for the varying needs of all students including those who wish to pursue further studies in Music.

Why study ?

Students can gain up to 50% of the total marks in the musical activity that best suits their talent before they even sit the written paper. In Music you can develop your talent and knowledge in this area and continue your studies in a wide range of colleges.

Course Content

The content of this syllabus involves a series of interrelated musical activities within each of the three core areas of musical experience, performing, composing and listening. In performing, students may choose from a variety of individual and/or group performing activities. In composing, students may select from a range of prescribed exercises and the listening component spans different musical periods, styles and genres through the study of four prescribed works. At higher level, students may specialise in one of the three areas of musical experience. The structure of the syllabus allows them to undertake 50% of their work in the musical activity that best suits their interests and talents. Most students elect to take performing as 50% of their exam. The syllabus content allows for considerable diversity in the choice of teaching materials and approaches. All musical genres are encouraged.

Exam Structure

Leaving Certificate Music is examined at two levels, higher level and ordinary level. The modes of the assessment include a practical examination in individual and/or group performing and includes the option of music technology which takes place in March/April of 6th Year. The listening and composing papers takes place in June.

Listening: 100 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes.

Composing: 100 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes.

Career Possibilities

Music is useful for media work or studies, primary teaching, sound engineering, public relations, library work, speech therapy, film, physical education, communications, production, performance and music at third level.

Note: Students are required to be able to read music to study this subject. Little knowledge of music history is not a problem, but a working knowledge of a musical instrument (piano, guitar, voice etc.) is essential. All students who have studied Junior Cert/Cycle Music are eligible. All other interested students should discuss the subject with the Director of Music.

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