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Course Outline

Students will study a wide range of music and topics over the three years of study at junior cycle. 

All topics are taught through Composition, Aural and Performance. 

 

The main topics covered are as follows;

Basic Music Theory

Musical Instruments and Instrument of the Orchestra

Musical Eras and History of Western Music Overview

Forms and Structures in Music

Eight Set Songs – (There are 3 sets here A, B and C which rotate each year.  For Information on this year’s set please see the music department page.)

Three Set Works - (Again there are 3 sets here A, B and C which rotate each year.  For Information on this year’s set please see the music department page.)

Irish Traditional Music

Melodic and Rhythmic Dictation

Eight Choice Songs and Six Choice Works

Aural Skills (Listening Skills)

Triads and Chords

Melody Writing

Harmony

General Study

Practical or Project Work

The Practical exam is worth 100 marks (25%) of this and is usually examined around Easter time. 

For the Practical students prepare and perform 2 pieces in each of two different disciplines.  (i.e. 4 pieces in total)

Examples of Disciplines are;

Solo Singing

Group Singing

Group Instrument

Solo Piano

Solo Flute

Solo Saxophone

Solo Classical Guitar

 

Students can instead choose to do 3 pieces on one discipline but it is not recommended as the choice above of two disciplines is a better way to gain the best marks possible in the exam. 

 Assessment

In total there are 400 marks available for the Junior Certificate Music Exam. 

The Practical exam is worth 100 marks (25%) of this and is usually examined around Easter time. 

The Written Paper is worth 300 marks (75%) of this and takes place in June. 

 

The Higher Level Paper

Q.1. Set Songs – 30 marks (7.5%)

Q.2 Set Works – 30 marks (7.5%)

Q.3 Irish Music – 40 marks (10%)

Q.4 Dictation – 40 marks (10%)

Q.5 Choice Songs and Works and Aural Skills – 40 marks (10%)

Q.6 Triads – 20 marks (5%)

Q.7 Melody Writing – 35 marks (8.75%)

Q.8 Harmony – 45 marks (11.25%)

Q.9 Original Composition (INSTEAD OF QUESTIONS 6-8) – 100 marks (25%)

Q.10 Chosen General Study – 20 marks (5%)

 

 

Glenamaddy Community School, Church Street, Glenamaddy, Via Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, F45KF50

 

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