Department Staff
Mrs. C Boyle KS3-4 Music
Mrs. L Dawson Voice (Singing)
Mr. L McFarland Guitar/ Bass Guitar/ Ukulele/Drums
Miss K Hill Piano /Voice
Mrs. J McCartney Violin


Aims of Music Department:

The underlying aim of the Music Department is to ensure that every pupil gains a very positive and rewarding experience of music. Inside and outside the classroom, pupils should find music both challenging and enjoyable.

Each pupil should have many opportunities to make and respond to music. Music teachers will encourage and support the musical endeavours of all pupils. All musical activity should take place within an atmosphere of unconditional positive regard.

Music makes an important contribution to the general ethos of the school and all opportunities for pupils to perform are explored.

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.’ – Confucius

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Key Stage 3

KS3 Music focuses on developing skills in 3 core areas: Listening, Composing and Performing. Topics taught are as follows:

Yr8: 1:Rhythm and Pulse 2: Pitch and Voice 3: Keyboard 4: The Elements of Music 5: The Orchestra.

Yr9: 1: The Human Voice 2:Keyboard-2 3:Irish Music 4: Samba 5: Find Your Voice

Yr10: 1: The Blues 2: Band Carousel 3: Pop Music and Band Project 4: Songwriting

Key Stage 4 and 5


Component 1:

Performing and Appraising: (35%)

External examination assessed by a visiting examiner. Students present one solo and one ensemble performance. (30%) The combined duration of the performances should be no longer than 6 minutes. Students discuss and evaluate performances with the visiting examiner.(5%) Discussion lasts approximately 3 minutes.

Component 2:

Composing: (30%)

Controlled assessment: Students create two compositions. One is in response to a pre-release stimulus and one is free choice. Teachers mark the tasks and we moderate the results.

Component 3:

Listening and Appraising: (35%)

External written examination of 1 hour and 30 minutes. Students answer questions based on familiar and unfamiliar music relating to the Areas of Study.

Clubs, Trips, Links

Ensembles in school:

Ceili Band, Choir, Chamber Choir, Rock and Pop Bands.


NYCNI Workshops and Auditions; Music Trips; Recording at SARC; Music Festivals; Performing in secular and religious events in school and in the community; Voice and Instrumental Grade Exams in ABRSM, Trinity Rockschool and LCM; BBCNI Young Soloist of the Year; School Concerts; Music Prefects and Mentors, EA Ensembles.