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The course consists of three main components:
(1) Composing  25%
(2) Listening   25%
(3) Performance  25%

Each component is examined as 25% of the course with higher level candidates nominating which component they wish to take an elective (extra 25%) in.

Exam Structure

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

Ordinary Level: 2 pieces on one instrument 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.


Students need not have studied music at Junior Level; however, they should have attained a competency in their practical musical ability.

Because of the practical nature of this subject, students and/or parents should discuss this with the senior level music teacher before choosing it as a Leaving Certificate subject.

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