Preparation for Senior Cycle [Leaving Certificate] Music Course

Eligible students:   Year 1 to Transition year
Duration of class:  90 minutes per week for 30 weeks for 1 year
                     Saturday 1.00pm – 2.30pm [commencing September]

Course details:
The RIAM is delighted to introduce a new music course to act as a bridge to help students prepare for the Senior Cycle [Leaving Certificate] Music course. This course promises to be packed with information, delivered in a lively and engaging way by award-winning teacher Kim Fallen-Bailey.

This is a course, which has three ways to certify the students’ achievements:

  • The overall result will be certified by the RIAM with an official certificate and transcript
  • This transcript can be submitted to secondary schools at the end of third year to be added to the ‘Other Areas of Learning’ section on the new Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA), where outside learning is recorded
  • RIAM is a partner under the President’s ‘Gaisce’ Scheme and this course is eligible as a personal skills module of that programme

The course is aimed at the following students:

  • Those who are not studying music for Junior Cycle [Junior Certificate] in school but who wish to take it as part of their Leaving Certificate curriculum
  • Students who are taking the Junior Cycle [Junior Certificate] music exam, but who want to have additional support in areas directly relating to the Leaving Certificate programme
  • Students who wish to have a good general grounding on music in areas from analysis and history or music technology

This course will work on areas which are important for those students who may wish to take Music for Senior Cycle

  • Recognition of orchestral and Irish instruments
  • Basic score analysis
  • Basic theoretical analysis
  • Useful vocabulary
  • How to describe music using the correct terminology
  • Composition in major and minor keys
  • Irish music background & research on key areas studied in the Senior Cycle
  • Background into historical eras and composers who are on the Senior Cycle course
  • Music technology

Students will be assessed through:

  • Projects & class work
  • A final exam on all the course work in the style of Senior Cycle exam
  • A portfolio submission, which will account for 25% of the overall assessment mark

To secure your place, apply online by 1st December