Music

 

Members

Mrs C. Magee (Head of Department)

Miss C. McErlane

 

General aims

The aim of the music department is to provide a valuable, rewarding, interesting, challenging and relevant curriculum which broadens experience; develops knowledge, understanding and skills; promotes creativity; encourages personal and social development; and extends imagination. Our course is designed to be inclusive and accessible to all pupils, while challenging the gifted student.

 

Key Stage 3  

Year 8

Rhythm and Pulse

Musical Elements and Graphic Scores

Instruments of the Orchestra

Keyboard Skills

Theory of Music

Tin Whistle

 

Year 9

Music for Special Events

Aural Perception

The Blues

Music and Film

Theory of Music

Tin Whistle

 

Year 10

Music and War

Careers in Music

Repeated Patterns in Music

Musical Traditions in Ireland

Theory of Music

Tin Whistle

 

Key Stage 4

Programmes of study to include details of external examinations, modules, practicals etc

 

Year 11

Candidates follow the CCEA  GCSE Specification.

The course is divided into Areas of Study .

1. Core Area of Study: (Compulsory) Repeated Patterns in Music.

Pupils will develop knowledge and understanding of repeated music patterns through a detailed study of four set pieces.

 

2. Optional Area of Study: (two of the following)

A  Musical Traditions in Ireland

B  Incidental Music

 C Vocal Music

Currently pupils in St Malachy’s study Musical traditions in Ireland and Vocal Music.

In each Optional Area of Study pupils will develop knowledge and understanding through a study of approximately six pieces in each area

 

Composing and Appraising 30%

Throughout the duration of the course candidates must create two contrasting compositions and keep a composition log for each. One of these must be related to the core or an optional area of study.

The composition portfolio length should be 3-6 minutes in total. This is a controlled assessment task which is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Performing and Appraising 35%

Candidates must present one solo and one ensemble performance. These must include at least one piece related to the core or optional areas of study.

Candidates’ solo and ensemble performance programmes should each last up to 5 minutes (except for turntable performances, each of which  should not exceed 10 minutes.

Candidates’ discussion of their performance is worth 5% of the total marks. A visiting assessor carries out external assessment

Listening and Appraising 35%

Candidates sit one examination of aural perception. This is taken internally. There are two parts to this exam.

Part 1:

This is based on the core area of study. One of the questions relates to the impact of music on work and leisure

Part 2:

This is based on the optional areas of study. Both parts include familiar and unfamiliar music.

Each part lasts approximately 45 minutes.

 Year 12

*GCSE Music is a two year course. Please refer to Year 11 for details.

 

 Post 16

Candidates follow the CCEA AS/A2 Specification

The AS content of the GCE qualification is assessed in two units (AS 1 and AS 2). This is the first year of the full A level course with assessment at the end of the year.

Similarly the A2 content of the GCE qualification is assessed in two units (A2 1 and A2 2). This is the second year of the full A level course with assessment at the end of the second year.

 

AS 1: Making & Appraising Music 1     (64% of AS/ 32% of AL) - Available in Summer only

Assessment Unit 1

Making & Appraising Music in both AS and A2 is a compulsory unit. Unit 1 provides students with the opportunity of selecting an option that best suits their skills and capabilities. Students must choose one option at AS and one option at A2 from a list of four

Options for AS 1 and A2 1 (choose one in AS and one in A2)

Option A: core solo or ensemble (5-8 mins) + composition task

Option B: core solo or performance (5-8 mins) +multi tracking task

Option C: core solo or performance (5-8 mins) + sequenced arrangement task

Option D: core composition task + solo or ensemble performance (3-5 mins)

** Performances include a viva voce. Composition and music technology include a commentary

 

AS 2: Responding to Music 1    (36% of AS/ 18% of AL)     Available in January and Summer.

Assessment Unit 2 in AS is a compulsory unit.

Unit 2 is assessed in two parts:

1 A one hour test of Aural Perception based on familiar (extracts from set works)and unfamiliar music

2 A 75 minute written examination based on:

  • A short, printed score from one of the set works from the compulsory Area of Study (Music for Orchestra, 1700-1900) followed by a number of short-answer questions
  • One essay question on the chosen Area of Study (Chamber music, 1750 to 1830; Music for Solo Piano; 1825 to 1890; or The Musical, 1920 to Today)

 

A2 1: Making & Appraising Music 1     (30% of AL)                 Available in Summer only

Assessment Unit 1

Making & Appraising Music in both AS and A2 is a compulsory unit. Unit 1 provides students with the opportunity of selecting an option that best suits their skills and capabilities. Students must choose one option at AS and one option at A2 from a list of four

Options for AS 1 and A2 1 (choose one in AS and one in A2)

Option A: core solo or ensemble (10-12 mins) + composition task

Option B: core solo or performance (10-12 mins) +multi tracking task

Option C: core solo or performance (10-12 mins) + sequenced arrangement task

Option D: core composition task + solo or ensemble performance (5-8 mins)

** Performances include a viva voce. Composition and music technology include a commentary

 

 A2 2: Assessment Unit 2 in A2 is a compulsory unit.  (20% of AL)  Available in January and Summer

Unit 2 is assessed in two parts;

1. A one hour test of Aural Perception based on familiar (extracts from set works)  and unfamiliar music    

       2. A  90 minute written examination, divided as follows:

 A short, printed score from one of the set works from the compulsory Area of Study (Music for Orchestra in the Twentieth Century) followed by a number of short-answer questions; and

 One essay question on the chosen Area of Study (English Secular Vocal Music, 1580 to 1620; New Directions in Twentieth Century Music, or Jazz in the USA, 1930 to 1960)

 

Extra-curricular activities

There is a wide variety of musical activities planned for our students both inside and outside the classroom regardless of age, ability and musical taste.

The following groups perform at school masses, prize nights, concerts both inside school and in the community.

 School Choir: One day a week after school and lunchtime rehearsals when approaching an event. Choir perform a wide variety of music from religious to musical theatre to pop.

 Irish Traditional Group: Rehearse at break and lunchtimes.

Peripatetic Tuition: A vast range of instruments are available for tuition in school. Voice, Piano, Keyboard, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Violin, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Drum Kit, French Horn, Fiddle, Banjo, Tin Whistle and Bodhrán

 

School Shows: We produce a school show every other year.

2008: Sound of Music

2010: My Fair Lady

All students are encouraged to audition for roles in the shows. Apart from acting, pupils can help out with costumes, lighting, stage, programmes, front of house etc

 

Theory:

Pupils are encouraged to take graded theory exams to develop their musical knowledge and understanding

Career opportunities

Music Teacher-Lecturer

Musician- Band-Orchestra- Solo artist

Producer

Music Therapist

Composer

Music publisher

Conductor

Sound Engineer

Music Journalist

Agent

DJ

Manager

Event Coordinator

Music Librarian

Instrumental Tutor

Instrumental Technician

Piano Tuner

Music Retailer

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