Music

Aims and Overview of the Music Departmentmusic

The department philosophy is based on the belief that every child has an interest in music.

While not every child will want to participate in public performance, it is hoped that the development of sensitivity towards music through personal experience of performing, listening and composing, will provide a basis for appreciation of a wide variety of music in adult life.

The aims of Music education are:

  • To develop the necessary skills and concepts to enable musical activity.
  • To develop social skills and awareness through making music together.
  • To offer pupils opportunities to experience the personal satisfaction and self-confidence derived from striving after the highest possible standards in musical activity.
  • To develop an awareness of musical traditions and developments in a variety of cultures and societies.

Enrichment

We have many different opportunities for pupils to develop their musical skills outside the classroom environment including the following extra curricular activities :-  Click on links to read more about each activity

Orchestra – Wednesday 3.00-3.40 pm
Junior Choir – Tuesday & Thursday during junior lunch
Senior Choir – Tuesday 3.00-4.00 pm
Flute Ensemble – Wednesday 3.40-4.00 pm
Theory Club – Friday 3.00-4.00 pm

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There are also individual/group lessons available in:-
Voice
Strings
Brass
Piano
Woodwind

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Mrs L Beattie (Head of Music)
Mr A Beattie
Mrs C Stewart

Peripatetic Staff

Mrs G Wilson (Voice)
Miss R Millar (Strings)
Miss B Simpson (Woodwind)
Mr C Doherty (Brass)
Mr G Simms (Piano)

Facilities

The Music Department is privileged to have a Music Suite consisting of 2 classrooms separated by a communal store. Each classroom has 3 practice rooms. There are also two practice rooms located outside the main classrooms which are used for instrumental provision by the peripatetic and private tutors and also for sixth form private study. We also have a mobile classroom.

The two main classrooms and the mobile are equipped with keyboards, tuned and untuned percussion instruments, an interactive whiteboard, computer and printer. In addition there are a number of stand alone computer containing music programmes. The two outside practice rooms contain a piano.

Why Study Music?

Music is the universal language of mankind.” – H.B. Longfellow

Studying Music opens up many opportunities in the field of music and performing arts, both in the world of employment and further study. Music is one of the largest industries in the world and as such provides a variety of job opportunities. Students who have studied A level music with us in Ballyclare Secondary School have gone on to study music at university, some have become teachers, for others it has helped them gain access to their chosen career paths. Many students have continued their interest in music, joining local bands, choirs and music societies.

  • Pupils who study music from an early age can do better at a range of subjects.
  • Pupils who play music learn there are rewards from hard work, practice and discipline.
  • Playing a musical instrument helps develop pupil’s creative thinking and motor skills.
  • Music helps pupils become more active listeners.
  • It can also enhance their health and wellbeing and increase their stamina.

Key Stage 3

The Year 8 Scheme of Work will include the following Units of Work.

  • Keyboard Skills
  • First weeks – introduction to Music
  • Fanfares
  • Elements of Music

It is hoped that in the first year pupils will acquire a basic knowledge of

  • Music Theory
  • Keyboard Skills
  • The Elements of Music
  • Develop listening skills
  • Develop performance skills
  • Develop composing skills

Pupils will be assessed in the following areas.

Listening
Performing
Composing

Listen to some examples of Year 8 Keyboard and Group Work performances.

The Year 9 Scheme of Work will include the following units.

The History of Music

  • Medieval
  • Renaissance
  • Baroque
  • Classical
  • Romantic
  • 20th Century

Performing
Keyboard Skills  – This will build upon the work started in year 8.   They will develop their range of notes as well as looking at accidentals.

Listening
During these periods pupils will listen to perform relevant pieces of music. They will learn about musical devices and form and structure.

Composing
Pupils will have the opportunity to compose in the style of the period. It is expected that they will be able to use some of the musical devices discussed in each period to show understanding.

It is hoped that in this year pupils will acquire knowledge and develop their existing skills in

  • Music theory
  • Keyboard skills
  • The History of Music
  • Develop listening skills
  • Develop performance skills
  • Develop composing skills

Pupils will be assessed in the following areas

Listening
Performing
Composing

Listen to an example of a Year 9 Keyboard performance.

The Year 10 Scheme of Work will include the following units.

Marches
12 Bar Blues
Chord Structures Part 1
Chord Structures Part 2

Performance
Keyboard Skills will develop through material from each of the units and in addition there will be an introduction to the bass guitar.

Listening
Pupils will continue to develop their listening skills and will be introduced to a wide variety of styles of music covered within each unit of work.

Composing
Composition skills will develop through the form and structures studied in these units and pupils will have the opportunity to develop composition in a variety of styles relating to the units of work.

It is hoped that in this year pupils will acquire knowledge and develop their existing skills in

  • Music theory
  • Keyboard skills
  • The development of popular music
  • Structure and form and in particular chord structures
  • Develop listening skills
  • Develop performance skills
  • Develop composing skills

Pupils will be assessed in the following areas

Listening
Performing
Composing

Listen to an example of a Year 10 Group Work performance.

GCSE Music

Specification/Exam Board:  CCEA
http://www.ccea.org.uk/music/

Overview

Pupils studying GCSE Music will have the opportunity to develop listening skills through three areas of study

  • Repeated Patterns
  • Vocal Music
  • Music Traditions in Ireland

Pupils will compose two pieces of music which will be submitted for assessment in Year 12. Compositional skills will be taught and pupils will develop their ideas in structured pieces of music using instrumental and harmonic devices.

Pupil will develop their performance skills and at the end of the two years the will perform as a soloist and as part of an ensemble.

AssessmentGCSE Music assessment table
An example of a GCSE class rehearsing their Ensemble Performance

Progression Pathway
GCSE Music is an excellent foundation for A level study of Music. It can also lead into further study in sound, music and production courses in Further Education.

A Level

Specification/Exam Board:   CCEA
http://www.ccea.org.uk/music/

Criteria for Entry: Grade B or above in GCSE Music or Grade 5 Theory and Practical Examinations.

This course is designed for students who have taken GCSE Music. A level music incorporates the three fundamental musical activities of composing, performing and listening and appraising.

Summary of Subject Content

AS Level

Pupils will be assessed in two units.

AS 1Making and Appraising Music. Students will opt for a combination of composing and performing tasks depending on their strengths in these areas. They will undertake:-

  • A core solo or ensemble performance with a viva voce lasting 5-8 mins and
  • A composing or music technology option with commentary lasting 1 1/2 – 2 mins.

Or

  • A core composition with commentary lasting 2 1/2 – 3 mins and
  • A performance option with viva voce lasting 3-5 mins.

AS 2Responding to Music. Students will take:-

  • A test of aural perception lasting 1 hour and
  • A written examination lasting 75mins. The written exam will be based on a compulsory area of study, Music for Orchestra 1700-1900 and an option area of study.

A2 Level

Pupils will be asses in two units

A2 1 – Making and Appraising Music. This is the same as AS1 however the timings will be increased to

  • Core performance 10-12 mins performance option 5-8 mins and
  • Core composition 3-4 mins with optional composition 2-3 mins

A2 2 – Responding to Music. Students will take:-

  • A test of aural perception lasting 1 hour and
  • A written examination lasting 90 mins, based on a compulsory area of study, Music for the Orchestra in the Twentieth Century and an option area of study.

Summary of the structures of AS and A2

A-level muisc assessment table

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www.dsokids.com
www.cceamusicmicrosite
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www.101musicals.com