Upcoming Events:

School Year 2017/2018

Tuesday 29th August 2017

Training of Peer Mentor       10:00am – 1:00pm

Staff Planning/Meetings       9:30am – 4:00pm

Wednesday, 30th August 2017

1st Year Students and Peer Mentors                 9:30am to 1:00pm

Parents/Guardians of 1st Years                          9:30am to 10:15am

Staff meet Parents                                                 9:30 am to 10:15am

Staff Planning                                                         10:15am to 4:00pm

Thursday 31st August 2017

School Year 2016/2017 Holidays

October Midterm Break: Close on Friday, 27th October 2017. Reopen on Monday, 6th November 2017.

Christmas Holidays: Close on Friday, 22nd December 2017. Reopen on Monday, 8th January 2018.

February Midterm Break: Close on Friday, 9h February 2018. Reopen on Monday, 19th February 2018.

St. Patrick’s Day Holiday: Closed on Monday 19th March 2018.

Easter Holidays: Close on Friday, 23rd March 2018. Reopen on Monday, 9th April 2018.

May Bank Holiday: Closed on Monday 7th May 2018.

Summer Holidays: Closing on Friday, 1st June 2018.

State Exams: Wednesday 6th June 2018


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Leaving Certificate Music involves a series of interrelated musical activities within each of the three core areas of musical experience – performing, composing and listening. In performing, students choose from a variety of individual and/or group performing activities. In composing, students develop an understanding of musical structure and form, while the listening component provides for rich aural experiences through exposure to music of different periods, styles and genres.

Why Study Music?
•  Students can get up to 50 per cent 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

What kind of Student would Music suit?
•  Students who have shown an aptitude for music, such as by getting high grades in Junior Cert Art and are keen to develop and practice more.
•  If you can read music and have a competence in singing or playing an instrument
•  Anyone considering a career in a creative discipline such as singing, playing in a band, music production and performance technology and management.
•  Those interested in the rock and pop areas of music can develop their talents in a number of PLC courses in Rock and Jazz Music including management.
•  Students who are looking for a break from intensive memory-work in their other subjects

Course Overview
The Leaving Certificate Music syllabus provides continuity and progression from Junior Certificate 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. You do not need music to progress into a music course in college but needless to say it would help.

The syllabus structure has been adopted to provide a fully balanced musical experience central to which is the development of musicality. Studying music at Leaving Cert. provides a vital basis for further education in the area and if students are good at music they can gain valuable points in the Leaving Certificate.

Performance – Examined in April of 6th year
Listening Paper – Examined in June of 6th year 90 minutes duration

Composition Paper -Examined in June of 6th year 90 minutes duration

Course Content
The course consists of three main components: (1) Composing (2) Listening (3) Performance

Ordinary level

Students will choose one of the three activities to represent 50 per cent, e.g.
•  Performing 50% Composing 25% Listening 25% or…
•  Performing 25% Composing 50% Listening 25% or…
•  Performing 25% Composing 25% Listening 50%

Higher level

Students will undertake additional studies (a Higher level elective in one of the three activities, e.g.: Performing 25% Composing 25% Listening 25% + One Higher level elective 25%.

This will allow Ordinary level and Higher level students to gain up to 50 per cent of the total marks in the musical activity that best suits their talent.

Exam Structures
Listening Paper
Examined in June of 6th year
90 minutes duration
Four set works, Irish music and general listening skills.

Composition Paper
Examined in June of 6th year
90 minutes duration
Melody writing and harmony

Examined in April of 6th year
Candidates may perform as a soloist or as part of a group or both.

Ordinary Level: 2 pieces on one instrument and one unprepared test.

Higher Level: 3 pieces on one instrument and one unprepared test
OR 2 pieces on each of two instruments and one unprepared test

Electives for extra 25%: Higher Level only Each candidate must choose one of the above components to study for this extra credit. The majority tend to opt for a Performance elective.

Listening Elective: The candidate must work on a music project over the course of 5th and 6th year. They must submit some work to the State Examinations Commission and sit an extra written paper in June.

Composition Elective: The candidate must undertake a large scale composition to be submitted to the Examinations Commission in their final year.

Performance Elective: This involves a more substantial performance during the examination period in April of 6th year.

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.

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