This is a choice subject for Junior Cycle. The Junior Certificate Music syllabus aims to deliver a broad and balanced education in class music by providing students with the musical knowledge, understanding, practical competencies and attitudes appropriate to their age, needs, abilities and interests. The syllabus content involves a series of interrelated musical activities aimed at developing performing, composing and listening skills.
The syllabus content allows for considerable diversity in the choice of teaching materials and approaches and includes music from different musical styles, periods and genres. The syllabus is designed to allow for mixed ability teaching. Ordinary level students undertake exercises appropriate to their stage of musical development. Higher level students undertake similar exercises, but at a more advanced level, together with some additional content.
The Leaving Certificate Music syllabus provides continuity and progression from Junior Certificate Music. In providing the musical knowledge, understanding, practical competencies and attitudes appropriate to their age, abilities and interests, the syllabus caters for the varying needs of all students including those who wish to pursue further studies in music.
The Music Department in The King's Hospital is well positioned to deal with any changes in the syllabus or indeed any changes in approach or methodology, with the recent addition of the Performing Arts Department, which opened in September 2005, and allows for the pursuit of musical education in a purpose-built wing.