Hi. For junior cert there's one paper only.
On the paper Q1 is set songs and it's worth 30 marks. You learn 8 of them and 3 will come up. On the exam, you get asked questions about the 3 whilst listening to short excerpts of them.
Q2 is Set Works (also worth 30 marks)You learn 3 works, one will come up and you answer the questions whilst again listening to a clip of it.
Q3 is Irish Music (which is worth 40 marks) is all about the Irish tradional music in its features, instruments, dances, vocal styles etc. and also a short account at the end worth 10 marks. You answer questions based on the CD.
Q4 is Dictation (worth 40 marks) It consists of a four bar phrase on the piano which is played five times. You listen to something you haven't heard before and write the melody and rhythm of what you're listening too. (Or just get the rhythm if you're doing ordinary level)
Q5 is Chosen songs and works and it is worth 40 marks. For the first part of the question, you need have studied at least one piece from each of the 8 different song categories and one piece from each of the 6 different choice works categories. The rest of the question is general aural skills (listening to something you haven't heard before and answering questions)
Q6 (listening part of the paper over) Triads (worth 20 marks) involves looking at a piece of music and answering questions. Questions that are asked include the name three notes in the order of which they are in printed in a selected bar from the piece, stating the tonality (usually multiple choice question), HL have to notate this triad in the bass clef whilst OL must identify the triad from a number of given triads. And finally identifying a certain number of bars in which the triad will fit the harmony of the named bars
Q7: Melody writing (worth 35 marks) - answer one of 3 melody questions (7a, 7b or 7c) 7a is setting a poem to music whilst 7b&c is writing a melody and rhythm.
Q8: Harmony (higher level only, worth 45 marks) - you answer either 8A, B or C. For A you figure out the melody and bass notes for 8B you do SATB four part writing and for 8C you write the nine backing chords to piece.
Q9 Free Composition (this question is worth 100 marks and is only answered if you're prepared for it) - you only answer this question if you do not answer Q6, 7, 8 (which added up in marks gives 100; so if you don't answer it you won't loose marks). This consists of composing a song or vocal work based on one of the three given verses or composing an instrumental work illustrating a mood, based on one of the given verses.
Q10: General Study (worth 20 marks) is basically learning something off. You just need to name your study, choose its category (from multiple choice options), name two pieces of music and their composers, write three paragraphs based on the background of this study e.g. musical features etc
Well, to start off, there's only one paper in the exam (lasting a total of 2 hours).
Q1- Set Songs | this involves 3 of your 8 set songs being played (from Set B this year). You will be asked questions on their composers, where they came from, musical and rhythmic features etc.
Q2- Set Works | this involves 1 of your 3 set works being played (set B). Again you'll be asked what composer, where they came from, what type of music (for example - programme and incidental music for the Peer Gynt Suite). Along with their musical features. ( Brandenburg hasn't shown for a while so it's likely to be that this year. )
Q3- Irish Music | this sections starts off with a couple extracts of a dance tune playing, you have to identify which one ( reel, jig, etc). It then goes to a different type of tune, and you may have to identify some features of Irish or non-Irish music, identify any instruments playing or ( occasionally ) an example of a person that plays the instrument. After this, you have to write an account of a topic relating to Irish Music History, ( e.g ) Ceoltoirí Cualann or a harper etc. Make sure you do this later after the entire listening disc has been played.
Q4- Dictation | this is when a 4 bar phrase is played, and you have to fill out both the rhythm and the salfa ( or the notes on the stave if that's what you like ). A bar is already filled out for you and you have to fill out the rest. A total of 10 notes need to be filled out with only 1 occurrence of a dotted crotchet and a quaver. It is played out 5 times.
Q5- Chosen Songs/Works | The paper chooses specific topic of a song and either tells you to write about a Set song or a set work that represented this theme. This section is very brief and can be filled out very quickly. Following this, you are played a random extract of a piece that you haven't studied. And are asked questions on it etc.
Q6,7,8 - Triads, Melodies and Chord Progressions | NOTE - Only do these questions if not doing Q9.
Q6- you are played a piece and are asked questions on the type of notes are in the triad of a specific bar, what chord they play, what the look like on the bass clef, and a bar that also suits that same chord.
Q7- answer EITHER A,B or C. You're asked to compose a phrase set to a given text, a phrase said to a given opening or an answering phrase. Paying attention to cadences along the way.
Q8-you have to fill in the chord progressions for EITHER A,B or C. Also paying attention to cadences.
Q9- Free Composition | you are given a text and you are to compose it's melody with instruments. Only do this if you aren't doing Q6,7 or 8.
Q10- General Study | All you really have to do is to describe your chosen general study: What type it is, 2 examples of songs and composers, 3 PROMINANANT FEATURES from the genre of music.
And your done! Good luck in June! 👍🏽