Music is both a Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate subject and is offered as an optional Subject in John the Baptist Community School.  Music involves a series of interrelated musical activities within each of the three core areas of musical experience – performing, composing and listening.

Listening involves responding to and appreciating a wide variety of music, including Classical, Irish, Folk, and Popular.  Students will develop an appreciation of many types of music – they won’t necessarily like every piece they hear, but will be encouraged to respond and keep an open mind.

Composing involves writing melodies and choosing suitable guitar/keyboard chords for a short song.

Performing takes place on an ongoing basis and includes singing, instrumental performance and music technology.  Students will be given the opportunity to try out instruments available in the music room.

Leaving Certificate Music continues with the three basic areas of listening, composing and performing.  Students choose to specialise in one of these areas, which will then make up 50% of their final exam.

Music is a great source of relaxation and can help students to have a positive outlook, as students tend to enjoy Music class and to leave class happy. Music has been proven to develop the brain and aspects of personality.  Therefore it would be advantageous for any career.


Skills Developed

  • Appreciation of a wide range of music styles and genres
  • Analytical skills
  • Performance skills
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Discipline
  • Teamwork and cooperation
  • Concentration
  • Multitasking
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Creative thinking
  • Technology skills
  • Confidence and self-expression
  • Exploring options and alternatives
  • Communication skills
  • Mathematical skills
  • Logical reasoning
  • Development of imagination

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