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 Certificte 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.
The course consists of three main components: (1) Composing (2) Listening (3) Performance
Students will choose one of the three activities to represent 50 per cent, e.g.
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.
Music is useful for: