Monday 23 October 2017

Fair papers worth singing about

Leaving Certificate Music

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

There were no complaints about the papers, at either level.

Fiona McManus, of the Institute of Education, said at higher-level, both the composing and listening music papers were fair, with no surprises.

"The style of questioning was consistent with previous years, with no huge challenges for students.

"Apart from some tricky 'cadences' and the use of 'syncopation' in the harmony question, the composing paper was manageable," she said.

Margaret Curran, of the ASTI and St Mary's Secondary School in Nenagh, Co Tipperary, said students would have welcomed the "very clear layout" in the listening paper.

In the long questions, Raymond Deane's 'Seachanges' appeared in set works, which was a first, and one which some students may have anticipated, she thought.

Questions 1 and 5 were always the most popular and Ms Curran said in the latter, which is on Irish music, the essays were along similar lines to previous years.

At ordinary level, she added that there was nothing unexpected.

At this level, questions 1 and 5 were the most popular and Ms Curran said the former returned to the minor key this year.

She added that question 5 was pitched at the expected level.

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