LEAVING CERT MUSIC Why choose music? Reasons for choosing…. • I am interested in music… I love music!! • I did it for JC and want to continue… • I have been playing an • instrument/instruments…I have been singing…I have been in a choir, a band, etc. Music is ‘points friendly’!! What is involved in LC Music? 3 ELEMENTS 1. LISTENING: 4 Set Works, Listening skills & 2. 3. Irish Music COMPOSITION: 16 bar Melody & 16 bar Harmony (Lesser req. for OL) PRACTICAL: Performance (solo or group), Music Technology & aural test/sight reading Structure of Exam/Marking Each element worth 25% Double one of the elements: YOU CHOOSE (Higher Elective = 50% overall exam) Example: I play an instrument(s) to a reasonably high standard so I choose to do a practical worth 50% (I will play 6-8 or 4 pieces & Music Technology) Music Technology • Part of the Practical Element • Generally involves use of music notational/writing software, e.g. Sibelius, Cubase, etc. • Can be done as half of Practical or as full Practical if you play from the electronic/keyboard repertoire (Currently an extremely straight-forward option!) What If I Haven’t Studied Music For JC? It is not impossible to do LC Music BUT you need decent practical standard which will allow you to catch up on Compositional (theory/writing) skills You would need to make some effort to catch up…before start of Poetry (5th Year) THE REQUIRED PRACTICAL STANDARD 1 INST = Approx GRADE 5 (Better!!) (2 Instruments = not as high) What Should I Do Now? • Talk it through at home! • Seek advice from music teachers • Ask those who have done music/are doing LC • • music Go online (www.examinations.ie – read the syllabus) If you are doing TY music use remaining opportunities to brush up/improve your standard GOOD LUCK!