Life at Antrim Grammar School Life at Antrim Grammar School Life at Antrim Grammar School Life at Antrim Grammar School Life at Antrim Grammar School Life at Antrim Grammar School Life at Antrim Grammar School Life at Antrim Grammar School Life at Antrim Grammar School

Music

 

Teaching Staff

Dr J Reidy (Subject Leader, Music)
Mr D Gillespie

 

 

 

Introduction

Since Antrim Grammar School's foundation Music has been at the core of the school's ethos.  It continues to occupy a vibrant part of school life.  It is the Music Department's aim to nurture the musical interest of all pupils and encourage them to realise their full potential.  Annual concerts platform pupils' talents in a range of musical styles - classical, traditional, pop and rock.


Currently the Music Department offers:

  • Expert academic course tuition leading to GCSE, AS and A-Level examinations
  • A wide range of extra-curricular involvements including Junior Choir, Senior Choir, Wind Band, String Ensemble, Recorder Ensemble and Senior Orchestra (the school orchestra boasts a membership of some 60 pupils, almost one tenth of the entire pupil population)
  • Excellent levels of instrumental tuition in Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, Piano and Singing

 

Involvement in music activities benefits pupils by:

  • Promoting social and interactive skills
  • Instilling an awareness of the value of collective endeavour
  • Encouraging participation in a high profile school events
  • Enhancing their own individual musical skills
  • Providing access to a wide range of musical styles

The Department facilities include:

  • Extensive instrumental teaching and practice facilities
  • A recording studio with state-of-the-art practice facilities
  • Increased availability of music technology for GCSE, AS and A-Level examination candidates

Key Stage 3 Summary

Year 8

Elements of Music - Sound and Silence

Instruments of the Orchestra 1 - Strings

Descriptive Music – The Planets

Ongoing practical and theoretical instruction through Departmental booklets

Year 9

Instruments of the Orchestra 2 - Brass and Percussion

Instruments of the Orchestra 3 - Woodwind

World Music 1 - Irish Traditional Music

Descriptive Music - Water Music

Threads and Textures

 

Year 10

Jazz
Development of Popular Music
World Music 2 - Chinese Music
Music through Time  (Periods of Musical History)

 

GCSE MUSIC SUMMARY

The course is divided into three components. The emphasis of the course is on practical skills with 65% of the examination being through performance and controlled assessment and the remaining 35% through two listening/written papers. 

Content

Assessment

1. Composing and Appraising (30%)

Coursework Requirement:

•The submission of a portfolio of two contrasting compositions lasting 5 – 6 minutes.

•This component is subject to controlled assessment.

•The module is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Controlled Assessment
Year 11

 

2. Performing and Appraising (35%)

Coursework Requirement:

•The presentation of a programme consisting of solo and ensemble performances lasting up to a total of 10 minutes;

•This component is externally assessed;

•Most instruments are acceptable and can be presented upwards from Grade 3 standard.

· Must have competent piano skills

[ Grade 4 standard]

(Any candidates wishing to progress to AS or A level Music should aim to reach Grade 5 standard in Year 12).

 

External Assessment
Year 12

3. Listening and Appraising (35%)

Assessment Requirement:

•Two aural examination consisting of questions based on:

 a) Specific Set Works covering a broad range of musical styles which are studied in some detail and

b) General listening (periods, styles, instrumentation)

Pupils wishing to take this course:

•Must be proficient in at least one instrument;

· Must have competent piano skills

[ Grade 4 standard]

•Must have an understanding of basic theory in terms of reading and writing music;

•Must aim to enhance their performing experience by being involved in at least two of the school’s performing ensembles (i.e. senior choir, orchestra/wind band).

External Examination
(2 Hours)
Synoptic

Topics covered in Years 11 and 12
Summer Examination at the end of Year 12


CCEA's GCE music qualification gives students hands-on experience of a wide range of musical experience and opportunities to develop performing, compositional, aural and intellectual skills which are pertinent to real life contexts. The knowledge and skills acquired will benefit pupils in terms of employment prospects and in preparation for higher education.

Year 13

 

Unit

Title

Mode of Assessment

1

Module 1: Making and Appraising Music I (65% AS, 26% A2 )

Coursework Requirement:

The selection of a Core Performance Task and an Optional Composition Task (Core Practical can either a Solo or Ensemble performance)

· Most instruments are acceptable and must be offered at a Grade 5 standard (minimum).

 

 

 

· To facilitate composition coursework pupils  must have competent piano skills

[ Grade 4 standard]

 

 

·         Externally examined Performance

·         Internally assessed and externally  moderated Coursework

 

2

Module 2: Responding to Music I  (35% AS, 14% A2 )

Assessment Requirements:

a) Test of Aural Perception (General Listening)

b) Written Examination based on Three Prescribed Areas of Study.

Examinations -
1 hour Listening Paper

1 ½ hour Written Paper

 

 

 


Year 14

Unit

Title

Mode of Assessment

7

A2 Level

Module 1: Making and Appraising Music II (30% A2)

Coursework Requirement:

The selection of a Core Performance Task and an Optional Composition Task (Core Practical can either a Solo or Ensemble performance)

Most instruments are acceptable and must be offered at a Grade 6 standard (minimum).

 

Externally examined Performance and externally  assessed Coursework Examination

8

Module 2: Responding to Music II  (20% A2)

Assessment Requirements:

a) Test of Aural Perception (General Listening)

 b) Written Examination based on two Prescribed Areas of Study.

Examinations -

1 hour Listening Paper

1 1/4 hour Written Paper

 

 

 

Extra Curricular/Extended Learning Opportunities

Over the years the Music Department has participated in many events province-wide and throughout the local community and surrounding area.  These include:

  • UTV School Choir of the Year
  • International Choral Festival in Coleraine
  • Ballymena Music Festival
  • Clotworthy Arts Centre (Sheila Phillips Young Musician Concert)
  • Carol Singing at Junction One
  • Ensembles drawn from the school’s musical corpus perform regularly at formal and informal events in the area at the invitation of Antrim Borough Council and local business and non-profit, voluntary organisations.

Pupils regularly proceed to study the subject at tertiary level in order to pursue opportunities in a range of performing, teaching and multi-media disciplines. The possession of an music foundation skills has enabled

Music thrives throughout the school in all shapes and forms.  The principal media are the –

The School Orchestra

The School Windband

The Senior Choir

The Junior choir

The Junior Chamber Choir

The Senior Chamber Choir

The annual Carol and Spring concerts continue to platform the school’s musical talents, to reflect the pupils’ achievements and to provide solid groundwork for future development.

The ethos remains to provide pupils with challenging opportunities.  By promoting confidence in their own ability, the Department aims to encourage pupils to realise and often exceed their own standards.


Career Opportunities
Pupils regularly proceed to study the subject at tertiary level in order to pursue opportunities in a range of performing, teaching and multi-media disciplines.