Junior Cycle Music focuses on giving students the opportunity to develop their musical knowledge, skills and cultural awareness through the practical and cognitive engagement with music. This can be achieved through the three interconnected strands: Procedural knowledge, Innovate and ideate, and Culture and context.

Music aims to contribute to the development of artistic awareness and understanding, self-expression, self-esteem, imagination and multicultural sensitivity of all students. Students will develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to produce and engage with authentic and original music, that is both theirs and the music of others. In doing so, they will develop the music literacy, critical skills and language necessary to engage with today’s musical world.

For students who begin first year in or after September 2018 the Junior Cycle Music specification applies. To support the specification, Assessment Guidelines and Examples of Student Work are provided.

These can be viewed here

The Junior Cycle Music Specification was introduced into schools in September 2018. The development of the specification began in January 2016.

The background paper and consultation report for Junior Cycle Music explores the development of the subject at junior cycle; highlights good practice at home and abroad; and uses evidence-based research to inform the revision of the specification. These can be accessed at the links below. 

The Music Development Group consists of the nominees from a range of education stakeholders including teacher and management bodies, Department of Education and Skills, and the State Examinations Commission. Reports of development group meetings can be accessed here.

A draft Junior Cycle Music specification was developed from January 2016 - March 2017. The draft specification and consultation report is available here.