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Music is an important part of our everyday lives. The Junior Cycle Music course has been created to suit the entire range of student interest and ability. Junior Cycle Music is based around the development of the three main skills

  • Listening
  • Composing
  • Performing

All First Year students will be introduced to music theory, they will study recorder in class and are also involved in class-based singing. Students will encounter a range of genres such as classical, jazz, Irish music, film scores, rock and pop.

The Junior Cycle Music course encourages each student to enjoy and explore many different types of music. The gradual development of the three key skills of listening, performing and composing helps create a better understanding of music, both inside and outside the classroom.

In music you will be examined in two ways:

  • A practical exam where you can sing or play an instrument for this exam - on your own or as part of a group.
  • A combined aural and written exam in composing and listening to music.

You do not have to learn an instrument outside of school but you should be willing to get involved in singing and playing songs or pieces during class, either individually or in groups. Music is a fun and interactive class that helps students express themselves, build their confidence and develop their own musicality.

26050990881 26a2da1ff9 z24687531104 7d9dba8ce2 z“Multiple studies link music study to academic achievement… it helps train you to think differently, to processdifferent points of view — and most important, to take pleasure in listening.”– Joanne Lipman, New York Times

“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Anderson




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