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Music for Junior Cycle

Music is divided into three components: listening, composing and performing.

A common misconception relating to this subject is that students need to have an instrument outside of school. This is not the case.

All students will be given the opportunity to learn an instrument in class that they can use for their Junior Certificate Practical.


Students learn the recorder from first year onwards. They learn the notes of the treble clef and how to play them. By the end of first year, students can play tunes individually as well as in small groups. Singing as a class group is also a useful tool for learning.

First year classes occasionally merge together to form a choir for school performances such as open nights, liturgies and school gigs.

Individual tuition in piano and voice is also available in school.


Students learn how to write short melodies using notation and tonic sola. They learn about triads and at higher level are introduced to elementary harmony.


Students will be involved in responding, in musically perceptive ways to songs and works. They will be exposed to a variety of music from many genres such as popular, jazz, classical and contemporary to name but a few.  In the course of their study, students acquire sufficient knowledge and experience of staff notation and aural training to be able to perceive and illustrate the relationship between sounds heard and the appropriate musical symbols.