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Members of Department

Mrs L. Donnelly (Head of Department)

Mr F. McMullan

 

SELB Tutors

Mrs Hanna (Upper Strings)

Mrs Curran (Lower Strings)

Ms Prescott (Woodwind)

Ms Prince (Voice / Piano)

 

Other Tutors

Mr S. Maginnis (Guitar/Drums Tutor)

Mr Carmichael (Traditional)

St Ciaran’s College has a thriving Music Department where pupils of all ages have the opportunity to be involved in Music in a variety of ways.

Music is studied by all pupils in Key Stage 3 and it is an optional subject at GCSE, AS and A2 level. Music tuition is provided in strings, woodwind, voice and piano by the Southern Education and Library Board peripatetic music tutors. Guitar, drums and traditional tuition is provided by independent tutors. In addition, there is a strong tradition of Irish traditional music in St Ciaran’s College, and the traditional group has grown since its formation many years ago.

The Department provides opportunities for all pupils from Years 8-14 to come together to enjoy and perform music. Pupils are involved in the preparation of music for the many school liturgies, assemblies and retreats. St Ciaran’s College has a strong choral tradition since winning the coveted ‘UTV School Choir of the Year’ and pupils are invited to become members of the school choirs. In addition to the Junior and Senior Choir and Traditional group there are other musical ensembles that perform at a wide range of events both local and beyond. The philosophy of St Ciaran’s Music Department is to meet the needs of all pupils whether they are composers, performers, or those who simply enjoy listening to music.

Extra-Curricular Timetable

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Key Stage 3

The topics covered in Year 8, 9 and 10 include:

  • Music Theory

  • Performance Skills

  • Instruments of the Orchestra

  • Baroque Music

  • African Drumming

  • Film Music

  • Bass clef and riffs

  • 12 bar blues

  • Programme Music

  • Chords

  • World Music (Samba)

  • Music Technology (Garageband)

 

Within these topics pupils;

  • Learn to read music

  • Perform music

  • Listen to music

  • Compose music

  • Perform in time with backing tracks

  • Develop music technology skills

 

GCSE Music - CCEA

Composing

2 compositions

One is free choice

One based on a stimulus

Pupils must submit a commentary for each composition

Completed by April of Year 12

Worth 30%

Performing

1 solo performance

1 ensemble performance

Pupils will also complete a discussion about their performance

Please note pupils should be taking lessons in an instrument / voice to gain access to the top mark band

Assessed by eternal examiner in April of Year 12

Worth 35%

Listening

Pupils will focus on four areas of study.  They will learn set pieces of music from each area

1. Western Classical Music

2. Musical Traditions in Ireland

3. Popular Music

4. Film Music

One listening exam

1 hr 30 mins

Based on extracts from set works and unfamiliar music

Worth 35%

AS / A2 Music - CCEA

Composing

1 composition based on a stimulus.

Pupils must submit a commentary for composition

Completed by April

AS Worth 32.5%

Worth 13% of A2

A2 Worth 19.5%

Performing

1 solo performance

Pupils will also complete a discussion about their performance

Please note pupils should be taking lessons in an instrument / voice to gain access to the top mark band

Assessed by eternal examiner in April

AS Worth 32.5%

Worth 13% of A2

A2 Worth 19.5%

Responding to Music

Pupils will focus on four areas of study.  They will learn set pieces of music from each area

AS

Anthems

Musicals

Music for Orchestra

A2

Sacred Vocal Music

Secular Vocal Music

Music for orchestra int the 20th Century

One listening exam and one written exam

Based on extracts from set works and unfamiliar music

AS Worth 35%

Worth 14% of A2

A2 Worth 21%

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