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Leaving Cert. Music Technology

A One-Day Workshop

‘This workshop covers everything you need to know about the Leaving Cert. music technology option.’
– F. Dunne

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Workshop Description

Designed for post-primary school groups, Waltons New School of Music’s one-day Leaving Cert. Music Technology workshop covers all of the requirements of the Music Technology core activity at Higher Level (25% of total marks).

Through a combination of demonstrations and hands-on activities in our Music Technology Lab, students will learn all of the requirements for this activity, including:

  • Stating the medium/system/software the student will use to input lines/parts/tracks and describing the edits he/she intends to make.
  • Inputting, saving and retrieving a two-part score. For the exam, students will be asked to input all or part of each line/part/track, at the discretion of the examiner.
  • Performing six edits. Edits should make musical sense.
  • Producing a recorded or score version of the music. While the recording or score may be produced in advance on the day of the examination, the candidate will be required to demonstrate the procedure involved to the examiner.
  • Playing two pieces from the standard electronic repertoire or compiling and playing to own backing track (at least 32 bars long).

Leaving Cert. Music Technology is available by group enrolment only. There is a maximum of sixteen students per workshop (two per workstation).

Workshop Details

  • Day/Date By arrangement (please contact us)
  • Duration 5 hours (10 am – 1 pm, 2 – 4 pm suggested)
  • Location Music Technology Lab, Waltons New School of Music
  • Class size 16 students maximum (plus teacher)
  • Fee €330 • €297 (DEIS schools)
  • Fee per student (16) €20.63 • €18.56 (DEIS schools)
  • Equipment provided PCs & sound cards • Cubase Elements music software, Reason Essentials virtual music studio & Sibelius notation software • Keyboards & other MIDI controllers • Digital mixers, samplers, microphones & other hardware
  • Materials provided Instructional handouts

Gary Norman

Gary NormanGary started to learn the guitar as a young child and soon began to explore bass guitar and ukulele as well. He began playing live with bands and vocalists in his early teenage years, enjoying everything from pub residencies to Aviva Stadium events, and playing a wide range of genres and guitar styles, including rock, pop, folk, metal, reggae, blues and jazz. Alongside cover gigs, Gary began writing his own music, and he was a finalist in RTÉ 2FM’s New Irish Music competition while still in secondary school; since then he has worked on a number of national and international projects. Writing and recording music developed Gary’s early interest in production, and he pursued this by studying at Ballyfermot College of Further Education, where he earned a diploma in music technology while working as a live sound engineer and recording EPs for local acts. He went on to study Music and English at University College Dublin, where he received a BA with First Class Honours. As well taking numerous advanced modules in tonality and musicianship during his time in college, he also studied Non-Western music and joined the National Concert Hall Gamelan Ensemble, with which he has performed at Electric Picnic, the National Concert Hall and Leeds University. Gary is an experienced teacher of guitar, bass and ukulele, both privately and in groups; he has also taught Leaving Cert. Music and run workshops with a number of music schools.



‘I feel much more comfortable doing music technology for the Leaving Cert. now, and the teaching was great.’
– E. Cooper

‘A great workshop and very helpful.’
– S. O’Connell

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