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12 memories you'll only have if you studied Leaving Cert Music

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Scaramouche will you do the fandango #queen #leavingcertmusic

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AS MUCH AS IT seemed like it might be a walk in the park, Leaving Cert Music was a torment.

The syllabus has not changed for at least two decades, and this is good for one thing – we can all be united in our strife.

1. You haven’t discussed musical instruments with such seriousness before or since

Me and my colleagues! #clarinet #woodwind #orchestra #bassoon

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*stops dead in the corridor* “Niamh, in bar 23. That was a bassoon, not an oboe. Wasn’t it?”
“I don’t know Sarah. I just don’t know.”

2. You’ll never forget those ridiculous memory aids

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That’s a reel!

3. And certain pop songs are tainted forever more

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Unfortunately, these songs are Bohemian Rhapsody and When I’m 64, so that’s not working out so well for you.

4. “Ah but sure Music will be a doddle for you,” said just about everyone

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Like you were going to be bopping to Top 40 Hits a few times a week. A doddle!

5. All you had to do was learn off several orchestral movements

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6. And compose a melody without ever actually hearing it

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You just followed a formula and hoped for the best. The actual tune could have been a masterpiece or a piece of sh*t. Who knew?

7. AND sing/play six songs like the little minstrel that you were

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That’s a tall order.

8. Those song choices now showcase your teenage music taste

And now I shall sing six My Chemical Romance songs in a row, Ms Examiner.

9. The exam was stuck all the way out at the tail end of the Leaving Cert, too

Right between Russian and Religion.


So you had at least a week to think about your life and choices before finally finishing the bloody thing. How nice of them.

10. Raymond Deane inadvertently summed up your Leaving Cert experience in Seachanges

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Tiny pings of warning building up into all out chaotic noise? Yep, seems about right.

11. And it still gives you nightmares to this day

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We’ve sat bolt upright in the bed many a time roaring “WHO STRUCK A TINY CYMBAL? WHO WAS IT? WAS IT YOU, MOTHER?”

12. But you still feel like you actually learned something

Oh Mozart *sigh* #leavingcertmusic #classical #beautifu

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To this day, you find yourself identifying imperfect cadences and pizzicato and feeling very smug. The joy of music!

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