The Music Department in St Louis is a thriving hub of activity and excitement. Students all take Music as a subject for First Year where they get the opportunity to learn guitar, ukulele and tin whistle in class, as well as studying music theory and developing their listening skills. The Junior Cert Course is made up of three strands; Listening, Composing and Performing, 50% of which is Listening, and 25% each for Practical and Composing. The Leaving Cert Course is made up of the same three elements, with 50% allocated to the Practical and 25% each for Listening and Composing.
Students can avail of individual music lessons available with private tutors, and instruments can be rented from the school to offer the opportunity to try out a new activity before committing to the purchase of costly equipment.
There is a school orchestra, a school choir, a traditional group and several chamber groups, made up of students from every year. They rehearse at lunchtime and after school and perform regularly at school events and in National competitions.
The faculty has national recognition of expertise in both the subject association and in the SEC. One of the faculty members has experience in all three sections of the Leaving Cert, serving as Advising Examiner in the practicals.