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Leaving Cert. Music
Preliminary Course

Intensive Preparation for
Leaving Cert. Music Study

Saturday & Sunday, 15 & 16 September 2018

‘It’s amazing how much we learned in a single weekend. I feel much more confident starting Leaving Cert. Music now.’
– S. Fogarty

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Course Description

Are you interested in studying Leaving Cert. Music? Do you play an instrument or sing but haven’t studied music theory or Junior Cert. Music? At Waltons New School of Music we think music at Leaving Cert. level should be accessible to any student with a genuine interest in it. With this in mind, in 1999 we developed the Leaving Cert. Music Preliminary Course, designed for students intending to enter either our Two-Year Course or another Leaving Cert. Music course without either Junior Cert. Music or formal studies in music theory. Taking place over a single weekend in September, the Preliminary Course covers the fundamentals of music theory up to Junior Cert. standard as a preparation for Leaving Cert. The following elements are covered:

  • Rhythmic note values
  • Time signatures
  • Bass and treble clefs: reading the staves and ledger lines
  • Major and minor scales
  • Key signatures
  • Naming chords using roman numerals and guitar backing chords
  • Recognising major and minor triads
  • Harmony using guitar backing chords
  • Answering a given four-bar melodic phrase


Prospective Leaving Cert. Music students who have not completed Junior Cert. Music and who are unsure whether or not to take this course should download, print and complete our Leaving Cert. Music Self-Assessment. If you have difficulty answering any of the questions, we recommend that you take the Preliminary Course and/or additional theory tuition before commencing Leaving Cert. Music.

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.


‘I honestly didn’t think I would be brought up to speed and ready for Leaving Cert. Music in such a short space of time, but I was! Highly recommended.’
– D. McCarthy

‘Very clear and informative. A must for music students.’
– M. Oliver

Have you taken this course? We would appreciate it if you could take a few moments to give us your feedback in a brief online questionnaire about your experience here.



Dates: Saturday & Sunday, 15 & 16 September 2018
Schedule: 10 am – 1 pm, 2 – 4 pm each day


Preliminary Course: €140
Preliminary Course & Two-Year Course (if booked together): €520

The fee includes course handouts, which will be made available to students at the first class.


Enrolment in this course requires a completed Leaving Cert. Music Enrolment Form and full payment of the tuition fee. Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date of enrolment.


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