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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

Graham McCartin

Graham McCartinGraham began learning guitar at an early age and moved into the world of music production when he was just seventeen. He has played in many bands over the years, performing sold out shows in venues around Ireland, including Whelans, The Academy and the Olympia Theatre. Studying music in University College Dublin and music production in Griffith College helped develop Graham’s expertise in the music production field. He is currently heavily involved in songwriting and production in the Irish music scene, working with many upcoming artists on a freelance basis and co-writing for artists in The Nucleus, the new pop songwriting hub in Dublin (where Ireland’s 2017 Eurovision entry, ‘Together’, was developed). Graham is also an active composer and producer for films and games, and he has worked on a number of short films over the past few years, including The Lollipop Man (2018), nominated for Best Comedy at the Underground Cinema Short Film Awards. You can check out Graham’s work on his website,


‘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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