Music

Staff

R. Bingham (Head of Department)

C. Fyffe

KS3

All pupils receive two periods of Music throughout 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

V. Yelamo

A. Hughes

L. Edwards

S. Crooks

M. McGlinn

R. Hanson

D. Robertson

M. Carmichael

B. Megoran

- Violin/Viola

- Cello

- Woodwind

- Brass

- Brass

- Guitar

- Piano

- Voice

- Piping

- Drumming

Year 8

The Building Blocks of Music

Rhythm

Melody

Harmony

Timbre

Texture & Form

Practical Music-making = Ukulele, Classroom Percussion & voices

Year 9

Minimalism

Fireworks!

Keyboard Challenge

How the Voice Works (Operas & Musicals)

World Music Passport

Careers in Music

Practical Music-making = Ukulele, Classroom Percussion, Keyboards, Djembe drumming and Samba rhythms

Year 10

Soundtracks – Music for Film

Video Game Music

Hooks & Riffs

What makes a good song?

Music technology (iPads & Garageband)

Practical Music-making = Ukulele, Classroom Percussion, Keyboards, Djembe drumming and Samba rhythms

GCSE

CCEA Music

Content

Assessment

Weightings

Unit 1: Performance

Solo performance

Ensemble performance

Discussion

35%

Unit 2: Composition

2 compositions, lasting 3-6 minutes

30%

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.

35%

A Level

CCEA Music

Content

Assessment

Weightings

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 weekly on Tuesday break times (10.35am) and is for pupils in Years 8-10.  Mr Fyffe is conductor. The Junior Choir performs at our Christmas and Spring events.

 

Senior Choir 

Meets weekly on Tuesday after school (3.30 – 4.30pm) and is for pupils in Years 11-14.  Mrs Bingham is conductor. ​ Senior Choir performs at several events throughout the year including, Remembrance Day, Christmas and Spring Concert

Brass Band

Brass Band meets every week on Thursday after school, 3.30-4.45pm and is conducted by Mrs Bingham.  All pupils receiving brass tuition in school are expected to attend. Brass Band perform at our events at Christmas and Spring. They also perform at concerts arranged by Strabane Brass Band and for many years took competed in the Brass Band League contests held in Strabane.

 

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. We have been known to have extra-long rehearsals with pizza delivered to keep us all in good form!!

Other ensembles which 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.

 

** Date for 2022 = Thursday 3rd March ‘Serenade for Spring’ with performances at 2pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale now!!!

 

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. Check out the images in the school Prospectus, website and Facebook pages to relive these wonderful productions.

2013 ~ Oklahoma!

2016 ~ Our House

2018 ~ My Fair Lady

Music Trips

We enjoy going to concerts at the Strule Arts Centre, going to Belfast to see the Ulster Orchestra perform or watching shows at the Grand Opera House. We look forward to adding more dates/trips to our diary once Covid restrictions have eased.

 

In January 2020 the GCSE and A-Level Music classes travelled to London for a 3-day trip. During their action-packed itinerary they squeezed in … a tour of the Royal Albert Hall, a tour of UK Parliament, took part in a choreography workshop in the West End, watched an evening performance of the West End musical ‘Matilda’, took part in a Balinese Gamelan workshop organised by the London Symphony Orchestra, shopping, coffee, meals and lots of fun!

 

Instrumental Tutors

 

Brass
Mr S Crooks - Wednesday
Mrs L Edwards - Thursday

Woodwind
Mrs A Hughes - Monday

Violin & Viola
Mrs M Quick - Wednesday & Thursday

Cello
Mr V Yelamo - Monday

Guitar
Mr M McGlinn – Thursday

Piano
Mrs R Hanson – Thursday

Piping
Mr M Carmichael – Monday

Snare Drumming
Mr B Megoran – Tuesday

Voice
Mr Robertson – Friday

 

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

Diary Dates for 2021/22

Monday 13th December 2021

Brass Ensemble performs at ‘Winter Wonderland’, Omagh

Tuesday 14th December 2021

Rejoice! – a musical reflection for the Christmas season.

Strule Arts Centre, Omagh with performances at 5pm & 7.30pm

Tickets available from the Box Office/Website of Strule Arts Centre.

Friday 17th December 2021

Brass Band perform at Strule Arts Centre – as guests of Strabane Brass Band.

Tickets available from the Box Office/Website of Strule Arts Centre.

Thursday 3rd March 2022

Serenade for Spring - Spring Concert

Strule Arts Centre, Omagh with performances at 2pm and 7.30pm

Tickets available from the Box Office/Website of Strule Arts Centre.

What other events will we squeeze in during 2022?

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