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Leaving Cert. Music
Two-Year Course

Covering All Core Listening and
Composing Activities at Higher Level

26 September 2018 – 29 May 2019

‘A very positive and refreshing environment in which to learn. Also the opportunity to be in a class with likeminded people who are doing this course because of their love of music brings a whole new element to learning. Many thanks Waltons!’
– A. McEneff

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Course Description

Waltons New School of Music’s Leaving Cert. Music Two-Year Course aims to accommodate, in particular, fifth and sixth year students unable to study music as a Leaving Cert. subject at their own school, as well as external and mature students. It thoroughly covers all Core Listening and Composing activities of the exam at Higher level, and students taking the course who are preparing for the Performance activity receive a 10% reduction in fees for 30-minute private lessons taken at the New School during the 2018-2019 and/or 2019-2020 school years. Students taking a Higher Elective in Composing or Listening are responsible for their own preparation of this elective, with some guidance from the course teacher, who is also available for private tuition in these areas.

For extra preparation, students may also attend, at no additional cost, the 2019 or 2020 Easter Revision Course as well as the 2019 or 2020 Pre-Exam Revision Workshop.

Prospective Year One students should purchase the following books (available from most music shops) before the course begins:

  1. Sealy: Soundscapes: The Prescribed Works, Group B (Waltons Publishing)
  2. Long & Sealy: Soundscapes: Irish Music & Aural Awareness (Waltons Publishing)
  3. Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major (Eulenberg)
  4. Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (Eulenberg)
  5. Deane: Seachanges (with Danse Macabre) (Contemporary Music Centre)
  6. A spiral-bound A4 music manuscript book

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.


‘Very informative. Good classes and a huge aid coming up to my Leaving Cert.’
– D. Cullen

‘It’s good to do music outside your own school to experience a different setting. I would recommend it as an extra subject if you love music.’
– S. Doherty

‘Eoin Mulvany really contributed to my learning development and knowledge of music.’
– T. Eccles

‘Well explained, well organised, comprehensive and interesting course.’
– M. Gilligan

‘Very interesting. Great to understand how music works.’
– R. Hayes

‘Clear and informative – and of course Eoin is great craic!’
– C. McEneff

‘The teacher had a very solid understanding of the course.’
– B. Marsh

‘I liked the one-to-one attention and had a more rounded understanding of music after I did the course.’
– S. Melvin

‘I really enjoyed my time here and feel it prepared me well for the Leaving Cert.’
– L. Nolan

‘After completing my first year of Leaving Cert. Music, I feel as though I am much more knowledgeable about music as a whole, thanks to the tuition! Also, the atmosphere of the school is extremely welcoming and the staff are lovely!’
– R. Nolan

‘Concise, easy-to-study information. I feel confident about the exam.’
– P. O’Donohoe

‘The small class made it easier to learn and interact. Everyone could answer (or ask) questions in class.’
– H. Phillips

‘The teacher is great…and very approachable, and there is a feeling of security as you are not afraid to ask questions.’
– J. Richardson

Have you taken – or are you taking – 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.


Course Schedules

26 September 2018 – 29 May 2019
29 weeks x 1 ¼ hours
Year One (2020 exam): Wednesdays 4.30 – 5.45 pm
Year Two (2019 exam): Wednesdays 6 – 7.15 pm
(schedule of classes/holidays to be given at start of term)


Junior Cert. Music, Preliminary Course or equivalent


Year One or Year Two – Course Alone: €420 ¹
Payment plan: €146 deposit, two payments
(1 November, 1 December) of €145 ²

Year One + Preliminary Course: €520 ³
Payment plan: €180 deposit, two payments
(1 November, 1 December) of €178

  1. Fee includes Easter Revision Course and Pre-Exam Revision Workshop, 2019 or 2020.
  2. Although there are no finance charges, payment plan fees include an additional processing fee of €8 per instalment payment.
  3. Students enrolling for both the Two-Year Course and Preliminary Course together receive a 40% discount off the Preliminary Course (normal fee €140).


Enrolment for this course requires a completed Leaving Cert. Music Enrolment Form and either full payment of the tuition fee or a deposit and payment plan authorisation. Places on the course are available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date of enrolment. Early enrolment is recommended, as places in each class are limited.


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