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Subject Information 

The specification for junior cycle Music focuses on giving students the opportunity to develop their musical knowledge, skills and cultural awareness through the practical and cognitive engagement with music. ... A student will experience learning in each of these three strands as they progress through their junior cycle. 


Leaving Certificate Music involves a series of interrelated musical activities within each of the three core areas of musical experience - performing, composing and listening. 


In performing, students choose from a variety of individual and/or group performing activities. In composing, students develop an understanding of musical structure and form, while the listening component provides for rich aural experiences through exposure to music of different periods, styles and genres. 

Department Members

  • Ms Goldrick 

  • Ms Giusti

Why Study Music?

Students can get up to 50 per cent of the total marks in the musical activity that best suits their talent before they even sit the written paper 

In music you can develop your talent and knowledge in this area and continue your studies in a wide range of colleges 

What kind of Student would Music suit?

Students who have shown an aptitude for music, such as by getting high grades in Junior Cert Music and are keen to develop and practice more. 

If you can read music and have a competence in singing or playing an instrument 

Anyone considering a career in a creative discipline such as singing, playing in a band, music production and performance technology and management. 

Those interested in the rock and pop areas of music can develop their talents in a number of PLC courses in Rock and Jazz Music, including management. 

Students who are looking for a break from intensive memory-work in their other subjects.


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. 

Subject Group: Artistic 

These subjects involve developing creativity and the appreciation of the work of others. This involves learning the methods and techniques of the subject and producing your own work using these skills. 

Career Sectors

This subject builds skills and knowledge that are particularly useful for careers in the following Career Sectors: 

  • Art, Craft & Design 

  • Education & Teaching 

  • Music & Performing Arts 

  • History, Culture & Languages 

Extra Curricular Activities

The Music Department in Virginia College off a number of extra curricular activities for our students such as:

  • Choir

  • Rock Band

  • School Musical

  • First Year Music Club

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