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Leaving Cert. Music
Mock Practical Exams

The Invaluable Experience of Performing
before Examiners in a Formal Setting

Saturday, 16 February 2019

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Waltons New School of Music’s Leaving Cert. Music Mock Practical Exams are designed for students intending to take any of the following exam options:

1 Ordinary level Two songs or pieces OL unseen test
2 Higher level (one activity) Three songs or pieces HL unseen test
3 Higher level (two activities) Two songs or pieces in each activity HL unseen test
4 Higher level elective (one activity) Six songs or pieces HL unseen test
5 Higher level elective (two activities) Four songs or pieces in each activity HL unseen test
Students also choose one of three ‘unprepared’ tests to do:

  1. Aural Memory. Before this section of the test, the student specifies his/her choice of Melody or Rhythm option. The examiner then plays an eight-bar melody twice, and the student either plays/sings the melody (Melody option) or claps the rhythm (Rhythm option). The examiner plays the melody again, and the student tries again. The mark for this section is awarded to the best of these two attempts.
  2. Sight Reading. Students are given a minute to look at an eight-bar melody and then must play or sing it in one attempt.
  3. Improvisation. Students are given an eight-bar melody or set of chords and then improvise on it melodically, rhythmically or harmonically.

Mock Practicals provide students with:

  • The invaluable experience of performing before examiners in a formal setting.
  • The experience of being presented with an unprepared test (a sight reading test, aural memory test or improvisation).
  • Written assessments of their performances – of both prepared pieces and unprepared tests – including areas that can be improved.

Eoin Mulvany

Eoin MulvanyEoin was born and grew up in Kells Co. Meath, playing music and singing from a very young age. He received a first class honours degree from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in both music composition and classical guitar performance, coming top of his class in the teaching diploma course he also completed there. He also obtained a Master’s degree in composition from Dublin City University. In 2001 he was awarded the IMRO Young Irish Composer of the Future prize for Poynt: After Monet, a piece for solo piano, and in 2007 he received the Jerome Hynes / National Concert Hall Young Composer of the Year prize for PX, a composition for flute and piano. Eoin is an active composer and arranger for various ensembles, and he has had works performed in France, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Italy, the US and Ireland. As a performer, he has played and sung with groups ranging from jazz ensembles to classical choirs, and Irish traditional music groups to rock bands. He has taught guitar, music theory and Leaving Cert. Music at the New School since 2004.

Joan O’Malley

Joan O'MalleyJoan received her BMus Performance degree as well as a postgraduate Diploma in Performance from the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama and also trained at the Stageworks Drama School. She has won several awards for her singing, including the DIT Opera Studio’s MacNamara Gold Cup and the Feis Ceoil’s Veronica Dunne and Wilson Cups. Joan has performed in numerous productions with Opera Ireland (Cosi fan tutte, Don Pasquale) and the Anna Livia Opera Company (Lucia di Lammermoor, The Pearl Fishers) and as soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Coronation Mass, among others. She has taught at the New School since 2007.

Mock Practical Exams Details

  • Date: Saturday, 16 February 2019
  • Exam Length: 20 minutes
  • Exam Schedule: 10 am – 1 pm, 2 – 5 pm
  • Exam Fee: €55 (€45 for students currently enrolled for private lessons in the school, or in our Two-Year Course or Easter Revision Course)
  • Location and Time Slots: Mock Practicals take place at Waltons New School of Music (see our Location page for details), and you will be given a 30‐minute time slot within the day’s timetable. You are expected to arrive least 30 minutes before your exam time and have your instrument tuned and any equipment set up before the exam begins.
  • Instruments and Equipment: The school will have a piano, drum kit, guitar amp, bass amp and music stands in place for the exams. All other instruments and equipment must be provided by students.
  • Accompanist: Students are responsible for arranging any accompaniment required for their exams. If you do not have an accompanist, either for your Mock Practical or for the exam itself, the New School can arrange for one of the accompanists on our roster to work with you, for an additional charge. Please contact the school office about this.
  • Recording: Students are encouraged to record their Mock Practicals on their phones for later review. (Phones must be switched to ‘airplane’ or ‘flight’ mode before the exam begins.) Please note that according to exam regulations, phones cannot be used to play backing tracks.

Booking a Leaving Cert. Music Mock Practical Exam requires a completed Leaving Cert. Music Enrolment Form and full payment of the fee. Places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date of enrolment.


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