Tuesday 15 October 2019

Leaving Cert Music: Composing question may have caused confusion


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Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Leaving Cert higher-level music candidates may have been thrown by the first question on the Composing paper, said teachers.

Dr Susan McCormick, of Dublin's Institute of Education, and Siofra Cox, an ASTI subject representative, agreed that the layout may have caused confusion.

Ms Cox said it featured a four-bar phrase that 'spilled over' onto the second stave and may have thrown students who had not studied an example of this layout before. It was last seen in 2002 or 2003.

In general, the papers, at both higher and ordinary levels, were straightforward "with a couple of tricky corners to challenge the higher level students".

Overall, Ms Cox, of Convent of Mercy Secondary School, Roscommon town, said the composing questions were "quite manageable".

Dr McCormick noted that question five, in a minor key, was very similar to the 2018 question, and was "nice".

On the Listening paper, Ms Cox said that students would have been reasonably challenged by some sections of questions two and three.

Irish Independent

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