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Gateway to Music

Gateway to Music

This class is aimed at students between 4-8 years of age* and provides a first opportunity to explore the world of musical sounds. These students will automatically be able to take up a place as an instrumental / vocal student at Limerick School of Music in the following year. In a warm and encouraging learning environment, the children will have the opportunity to be introduced to the instruments of the orchestra including the opportunity to see and hear live performances by our teachers in their lesson, learn basic musical notation through practical use of percussion, clapping and music with movement, develop their listening skills through musical games and movement, learn about different styles of music.

*Students must be attending primary school at time of enrolment.

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Junior Certificate

Junior Certificate

Junior Certificate Music is a two-year course consisting of both written (Listening and Composition) and practical (performance) elements.  The written examination takes place during the state examinations in June of each year and the practical examination takes place in the Spring, usually just before or after the Easter holidays: the Department of Education decides these dates.

Limerick School of Music students usually take the higher level examination.  A student may opt to study Junior Certificate Music at Limerick School of Music who is otherwise not a student here. An external student wishing to study Junior Certificate Music must be learning an instrument and music notation external to the Junior Certificate class however.


Classes take place once a week and are timetabled for 1.5 hours

(Refer to timetable for days and times).

Junior Certificate 1 & 2 classes apply to 2nd year and 3rd year students respectively.

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Leaving Certificate Music

Leaving Certificate Music

Leaving Certificate Music

Leaving Certificate Music is a two-year course consisting of both written (Listening and Composition) and practical (performance and/or music technology) elements.  The written exam takes place during the state examinations in June of each year and the practical exams take place in the Spring, usually around the Easter holidays: the Department of Education decides these dates.

Limerick School of Music students usually take the higher level performance elective. A student may opt to study Junior and Leaving Cert music at LSOM who is otherwise not a student here. The only restriction is that external Leaving Certificate students must have studied and passed Junior Certificate Music or its equivalent. Apply online or book your place by calling the office.

Classes take place once a week and are time tabled for 1.5 hours

(Refer to timetable for days and times).

Leaving Cert 1 & 2 classes apply to 5th year & 6th year students respectively.

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Theory of Music

Theory of Music

Theory of Music

The Theory Department provides a structured approach to music literacy thus enabling us to teach our students how music works, by exploring the language and notation of music with regard to melodic and rhythmic notation, melody,  harmony, form, texture, structure and Music History and analysis.

Music Theory classes are an integral part of music education and all music students are obliged to attend a theory class. 

Our theory courses commence with our youngest students who attend the "Introduction to Music "course.  Students from 8 years of age then progress to theory classes beginning with Preliminary theory and continuing through the grades finishing with grade VIII.  At this stage, students may opt to continue with further studies leading to a Teaching/Performance Diploma. 

Our adult and "late starters" have the option of attending a tailored Adult Theory or Teenage Theory class which will enable them to study theory in a class with their peers (these classes takes place on Tuesday evenings).

Theory classes from beginner to grade III are 30 minutes. Theory classes grades IV & V are 60 minutes. Theory classes grades VI-VIII are 90 minutes.

A composition-focused class is available when there is sufficient demand.

All theory classes are group classes and are free of charge to students who are studying an instrument at the school.