Pupils singing off same hymn sheet after paper
Junior Certificate Music papers struck a harmonious note with students.
Mary McFadden of the Association of Secondary Teachers' Ireland (ASTI) said higher level students were upbeat coming out of the exam, because they liked it so much.
Although challenging enough, there was a good range of questions in the listening section and students who were well-prepared had an opportunity to show their knowledge and understanding, said Ms McFadden of Loreto Secondary School, Fingal.
Dictation is usually a challenging part of this exam, but this year it was manageable for the prepared student, said Ms McFadden, while the composing questions were straightforward and fair.
At ordinary level, Ms McFadden liked the way that some questions were guided, which is a help for students at this level.
One example of this was the question on Irish music, where students were given a definition and the name of a song and asked to match them.