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Post Date: 01 March 2023

Have you registered?

'Celebrating Level 2 Learning in the Junior Cycle Music Classroom'

Register here: 


Post Date: 07 February 2023

Have you registered for our DLT Music elective workshop entitled Amplifying the Learning?

Date: Saturday 25th February 2023

Location: National College of Ireland, IFSC, Dublin 1

Time: 9:30am-3.30pm

Register here on JCT Music DLT Registration Doc or by clicking on the flyer below


Post Date: 12 January 2023

Access our new 'Where To Find' interactive website tour here.

We have created a short video modelling how to use this support. Click here to access this video.


Post Date: 11 October 2022

We are looking forward to meeting all the teachers who have signed up already. Places are still available in all venues, but particularly in Cork, Donegal and Monaghan education centres. Registration has been extended to Friday 14th October. Click here for information and registration.

Post Date: 09 October 2022

We have launched 'Meet The Instruments'. This collection of videos and classroom support can be accessed here.

Lá na Cruite takes place on Saturday 15th October this year. You might like to check out our ‘Meet the Harp’ video. To accompany this video, we have also included a classroom support based around Learning Outcome 2.9. 


Post Date: 08 October 2022

New supports based on Kate Bush's 'Running Up That Hill' can be found here. These supports were unveiled at the PPMTA conference in Mullingar on October 1st.

Post Date: 07 September 2022

Please find below relevant information just published by our colleagues in NCCA.
The full document can be accessed by clicking on our Key Documents section.
For other supports please visit the Assessment section of our website.



Post Date: 14 June 2022

Thank you to our 37 artists for your amazing engagement, for more on this check out our 'Meet the Artists' section of the website

Post Date: 12 May 2022

For all colleagues participating in their Subject Learning and Assessment Review meeting in the coming weeks, please click our webinar 'A Shared Understanding: CBAs and the SLAR in Junior Cycle Music' for further support.

Post Date: 11 May 2022

A further support on how to award a descriptor for your Classroom-Based Assessment. Click to view this screencast.

Post Date: 05 April 2022

Our cluster day materials for ‘Connectedness in Junior Cycle Music’ are now available to download from our website. Click here

Post Date: 21 March 2022

JCT Music team will facilitate an online workshop this evening entitled “A Shared Understanding: CBAs and SLAR in Junior Cycle Music” this elective will offer music teachers the opportunity to discuss, explore and share their understanding on classroom-based assessments forming part of the everyday learning and teaching, and how to apply the features of quality and engagement in a SLAR. Limited places left, register here

Post Date: 07 February 2022

Following a Government decision, the Minister for Education Norma Foley TD on 1st February announced that the Junior Cycle examinations will take place this summer, for the first time since 2019. You can read the full arrangements for Junior Cycle here

Post Date: 20 December 2021

Thank you to all our music colleagues. We wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas. Looking forward to connecting with you in the New Year. Here is a whistle stop tour of our upcoming engagement

Post Date: 16 December 2021

Thank you to all of our music teachers for your engagement with us. Have fun creating, listening & performing with our DLT support for Christmas. Click here

Post Date: 22 November 2021

The NCCA have published updated Assessment Guidelines for the Classroom-based Assessments dated November 2021 To access please click here agus anseo

Post Date: 06 September 2021

  1. Revised Arrangements for the completion of Classroom-Based Assessments - Student cohort 2019-2022 (published September 2021), click here
  2. Assessment Arrangements for the 2022 State Examinations, click here

Post Date: 08 June 2021

Thank you to all our colleagues for your engagement with us, for sharing your learning, your creativity, your hard work & your good humour in the face of adversity which has been nothing short of inspirational! This has enriched our journey as your JCT Music team, so thank you!
We have put together a short video to try and capture our journey together entitled ‘Rhapsody 2020-2021’ to access, click here. To read the full article, click here.

Post Date: 12 May 2021

Thank you to our artists and all our colleagues for your fantastic participation and engagement with our Imagine Initative run in collaboration with Arts in Junior Cycle, IMRO and Sing Ireland. Best of luck on your own creative journeys.
Click here for a memento of our first engagement. Enjoy!


Post Date: 21 April 2021

Thank you to all our music colleagues who attended and engaged with our online event entitled ‘Sharing the Learning in Junior Cycle Music'  on Tuesday, 20th April. 

Thanks to our panellists Noeleen, Gráinne, Ciarán, Stephen and Tom, and to all their students for their valuable contributions sharing their learning in their Junior Cycle Music journey.

This webinar was not be recorded. The documents discussed, digital learning technology resources and captured conversations of teacher voice are now available on our website. To access please click here


Post Date: 15 March 2021

Our cluster day materials for ‘Putting it all Together: Teaching, Learning, Assessment and Reporting in Junior Cycle Music’ are now available on our website. Click here 



Post Date: 01 March 2021

We are delighted to launch our latest podcast with the Contemporary Irish Music Ensemble Strung.
The podcast series 'Keeping the Conversation Going' is a collaboration with Arts in Junior Cycle and the Junior Cycle Music Team. 

Listen here 


Post Date: 09 February 2021

Our PLE 2020-2021 entitled "Putting it all Together", will take place online from January to March 2021.

The link for this online cluster event will be emailed to your school email address 5 days before your cluster date. Please contact the Junior Cycle Management Resource Hours person in your school to confirm that you are registered. Click here


Post Date: 19 November 2020

Thank you to all of our music colleagues who attend our online event "Junior Cycle Music Sample Paper: An Exploration" which took place on Tuesday 24th November from 4.30pm - 5.30pm.

This event provided an opportunity to share, and facilitate a discussion on the State Examinations Commission (SEC) published Music Sample Paper.

Click here

Post Date: 04 November 2020

Click here to access this Memorandum, Circular and all Assessment Paperwork pertaining to the Junior Cycle Music Practical Examinations 2021


Post Date: 02 November 2020

Junior Cycle Sample Papers, Sample Unprepared Tests and Audio files are now released and available for download here



Post Date: 04 November 2020

Many thanks for your engagement during our online event ‘Engaging with Learning Inside and Outside the Junior Cycle Music Classroom’ on Monday, 02nd November.


Post Date: 16 September 2020

In supporting our music teachers and school leaders in keeping our young people safe, here is an infographic on 'How to Play it Safe' in our music classrooms. Click here

Post Date: 09 September 2020

1. Revised Arrangements for the completion of Classroom-Based Assessments, click here

2. Return to School Guidance for Practical Subjects in Post-Primary Schools and Centres for Education, click here

3. Assessment Arrangements for the 2021 State Examinations, click here

Post Date: 24 August 2020

Welcome back to what continues to be uncertain times for all of us in education. We will continue to support you, to liaise on your behalf and through our mailing list will keep you abreast of all developments pertaining to Junior Cycle Music. To sign up to our mailing list, click here

Post Date: 04 March 2020

For our webinar entitled: 

“Collaborate – Create – Reflect: Inside and Outside the Classroom” 

Click here

Post Date: 26 February 2020

For our DLT workshops entitled 'Create Music Using Digital Learning Technologies in Junior Cycle Music', click here


Post Date: 24 August 2020

To referesh ideas for creating music in your classroom, check out our webinar from April 2019 entitled Creating and Exploring in Junior Cycle Music, link here

Some more ideas can be found on our powerpoint from the 2019 PPMTA National Conference entitled Keeping the Conversation Going, link here

Resources on developing students’ understanding of how to create music can be found here


Post Date: 24 August 2020

For our Planning for Learning using our Learning Outcomes video, click here