R. Bingham (Head of Department)

C. Fyffe


All pupils receive two periods of Music per Year in Years 8-10. The primary focus throughout the three years is on acquiring and developing skills in Listening, Performing, Composing and Appraising music of all styles and genres.

Instrumental Tuition Team

M. Quick

N. Simpson

M. McGinty

A. Hughes

L. Edwards

S. Crooks

R. McKee

M. McGlinn

R. Hanson

D. Robertson

M. Carmichael

B. Megoran

- Violin/Viola

- Cello

- Double Bass

- Woodwind

- Brass

- Brass

- Percussion

- Guitar

- Piano

- Voice

- Piping

- Drumming

Year 8

The Foundations of Music





Texture & Form


Classroom Percussion

Year 9

Art Music

Keyboard Skills

How the Voice Works (Operas and Musicals)

Careers in Music

Djembe Drumming


Year 10

Music for Advertising

The Music Industry

The History of Popular Music

Film Music

Music technology (iPads and Garageband)


CCEA Music




Unit 1: Performance

Solo performance

Ensemble performance



Unit 2: Composition

2 compositions, lasting 3-6 minutes


Unit 3: Listening and Appraising

Listening Paper – based on set works and unseen music studied throughout the course.

  • Western Classical Music 1600-1910

  • Film Music

  • Musical Traditions of Ireland

  • Popular Music 1980 – present day.


A Level

CCEA Music




AS 1: Performing

Solo performance

Viva Voce

35% AS

14% of A Level

AS 2: Composing

Composition Task

Written Commentary

35% AS

14% of A Level

AS 3: Responding to Music

Test of aural Perception

Written Exam

30% of AS

12% of AL

A2 1: Performing

Solo performance

Viva Voce

21% of A Level

A2 2: Composing

Composition Task

Written Commentary

21% of a Level

A2 3: Responding to Music

Test of aural Perception

Written Exam

18% of AL

Extra-Curricular Music


Junior Choir 

Meets on Monday lunchtimes (1.20pm – 1.40pm) and is for pupils in Years 8-10.  Mr Fyffe is conductor.


Senior Choir 

Meets on Tuesday after school (3.30 – 4.30pm) and is for pupils in year 11-14.  Mrs Bingham is conductor.​

Academy Orchestra

The Orchestra is open to all pupils who receive instrumental tuition within school and it meets on Monday after school: 3.30pm – 4.30pm.  The Orchestra performs at the Spring Concert.


Brass Band

Brass Band meets on Thursday after school, 3.30-4.45pm and is conducted by Mr Crooks.  All pupils receiving brass tuition in school are expected to attend.


Other ensembles who meet prior to concerts are:

  • String Orchestra​​​​​

  • Woodwind Ensembles

  • Bluegrass Group

  • Rock Group

  • Samba Band

  • Percussion Ensemble

  • African Drumming Ensemble

  • ‘The Lads’ vocal ensemble


Spring Concert

The Spring Concert is the showcase event for the Music Department.  Taking place in March each year, over 200 pupils from Years 8 – 14 have the opportunity to display their talents in instrumental and vocal music.  An exceptional night; in fact, a much anticipated event in the Arts calendar within Omagh and the surrounding community.  Tickets are available from the Box Office at the Strule Arts Centre.


School Musicals

The Music Department plays a pivotal role in the production of school musicals.  These performances have taken place in the Strule Arts Centre and play to packed houses.

2013 ~ Oklahoma!

2016 ~ Our House

2018 ~ My Fair Lady

Instrumental Tutors

Mr S Crooks - Wednesday
Mrs L Edwards - Thursday

Mrs A Hughes - Wednesday & Thursday

Violin & Viola
Mrs M Quick - Wednesday & Thursday

Mrs N Simpson - Tuesday

Double Bass
Mr M McGinty

Mr M McGlinn – Thursday

Mr R McKee – Thursday

Mrs R Hanson – Wednesday & Friday

Mr M Carmichael – Monday

Snare Drumming
Mr B Megoran – Monday

Mr Robertson - Tuesday


**More information is available on Extra-Curricular Page and through the Music Department Facebook page**

Diary Dates for 2019/20

Wednesday 11th September

Speech Day

Friday 20th September

Culture Night

Thursday 12th December

Brass Band perform at Strule Arts Centre

Thursday 17th December

Public Carol Service - St Columba's Church, 7.30pm

Friday 20th December

School Carol Service - St. Columba's Church, 11am

31st Jan - 1st Feb, 2020

Senior Musicians trip to London

7th - 9th February, 2020

Omagh Jazz and Blues Festival

Thursday 5th March, 2020

Spring Concert, Strule Arts Centre Omagh - with performances at 2pm and 8pm