Monday 16 September 2019

Exams end on a high note for music students


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Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

The Junior Cert wrapped up yesterday on a high note with "fair and balanced" exams in music, and students were treated to excerpts from soundtracks from popular movies such as 'Star Wars' and 'Harry Potter' in the listening comprehension.

ASTI subject representative Siofra Cox noted this was the final year of the Set B course with Grieg's 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' featuring in Q2, "which would have been welcomed by students as it is one of the more well known pieces on the syllabus".

Ms Cox of Scoil Muire Gan Smál, Roscommon town, said the Irish music questions should have been "well within the students' ability to identify the jazz instrument used".

"Although a keener ear was required to identify two features of the choral backing," she said.

Ms Cox added that knowledge of both ceilí bands and an instrumental group was called for in the written section of the Irish Music question.

There were no surprises in the composition section, with Q6 based on Ed Sheerin's 'Happier' "which most students would have recognised".

Meanwhile, ordinary level was "straightforward", and students may have found Q5 the most challenging.

TUI subject representative Noel Cronin, Borrisokane Community College, Co Tipperary, agreed both papers were fair and appropriately pitched.

The final day also saw an exam in Jewish Studies, with fewer than 10 students entered for it.

Irish Independent

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