- Wednesday, 22 June 2011
Music at St Columb's College...
.Music at St Columb’s College is a thriving, forward thinking subject which is continually evolving to meet the needs of the Northern Ireland Curriculum and the workplace...
In particular, the subject encourages its pupils to;
- be creative in a traditional and technological manner
- embrace new and challenging music
- develop thinking skills and personalities capabilities
- become more confident through the various musical experiences
All pupils experience Music at Key Stage 3 with a double lesson per week; GCSE and A’ Level are offered as option subjects thereafter.
Staffing and Tuition
The department has three full-time members - Mr Brendan McGinn (Head of Department), Mrs Margaret Burns and Ms Priscilla Connolly – and an extensive list of WELB and private tutors who offer instrumental tuition in the following areas:
|Accordion||Acoustic Guitar||Bass Guitar||Cello|
|Clarinet||DJing||Double Bass||Drum Kit|
|Electric Guitar||Fiddle||Flute||French Horn|
The department, consisting of three classrooms, is well resourced with 2 keyboards suits, 29 computers (PC & Apple Mac), 8 practice rooms, 2 recording areas, an instrumental storeroom, an extensive audio library with over 500 cds and access to 2 further Apple Mac suites.
Extra-curricular Activities (3.30-4.30)
|Tuesday||Junior Wind Band: Mrs Margaret Burns (Music Rm 3)|
|Wednesday||Choir – Mr Brendan McGinn & Ms Priscilla Connolly
(Music Rm 2)
Grade 5 Theory Class: Mrs Margaret Burns
(Music Rm 3)
|Thursday||Traditional Music Group: Ms Priscilla Connolly (Rm 1)
String Orchestra: Mr Brendan McGinn (Rm 2)
Senior Wind Band: Mrs Margaret Burns (Rm 3)
***Rock ensembles can practice in the department throughout the week***
Key Events in the Department
- Monthly lunchtime recitals in the Lecture Theatre
- Bi-annual musical. Past musicals have included Les Miserables (2004), Jesus Christ Superstar (2006), Big River (2008) and Oliver! (2010)
- Annual Spring Concert
- Participation in the Derry Feis
- Year masses including the Year 14 Valedictory Mass
- Carol services for all year groups
Key Stage 3 Teaching and Learning – Key Projects in Music
Pupils, in term 2, are involved in a connected learning project with Art and English. The ultimate aim is for pupils, in groups, to produce a healthy drinks advertisement which has, at its core, a bottle designed in Art, a short video produced on iMovie in English and a jingle composed on GarageBand in Music.
Pupils, in term 1, study the topic of the environment as part of a wider delivery by 7 subjects. In Music, pupils compose a RAP on an aspect of the environment and these are recorded on GarageBand and uploaded on to a microsite on the school’s website.
Pupils, in term 1, undertake a music technology qualification (CCEA) in which they acquire skills to multi-track and learn to record and manipulate sound. Pupils can achieve a level 4, 5 or 6.
The Music GCSE course is a popular choice at St Columb’s with between 30 and 40 students each year electing to undertake this examination. The basic breakdown is as follows:
Listening Component (involving 2 listening tests) = 35%
Composing (coursework) = 30%
Performing (solo & ensemble) = 35%
Please click on the link below for further details and resources;
A’ Level Music (SPECIFICATION AT A GLANCE)
The AS and A2 level in Music each consist of two compulsory units. Below is a summary of the units.
(AS 1/A2 1) Unit 1 = “Making & Appraising Music”
Within this unit, you will be able to choose one of the following options.
1. Opt. A = Solo or Ensemble performance + composition task
2. Opt. B = Solo or Ensemble performance + multi-tracking task
3. Opt. C = Solo of Ensemble performance + sequencing
4. Opt. D = A Composition task + Solo or Ensemble performance
*Performances include a short interview, which will be assessed. Composition and music technology also include a commentary/annotation
AS Level: Minimum performing standard at AS is Grade 4 and non-classical players e.g. rock musicians will be guided by the teacher in charge. Students who perform at Grade 5 have access to full marks in performing. Credit will be given to candidates who perform at a standard above grade 5.
A2 Level: Minimum performing standard at A2 is Grade 6 and non-classical players e.g. rock musicians will be advised by the teacher in charge. Students who perform at Grade 6 have access to full marks in performing. Credit will be given to candidates who perform at a standard above grade 6.
(AS 2/A2 2)Unit 2 = “Responding to Music”
1. Test of aural perception lasting 1 hour
2. Written examination lasting 75mins (AS) or 90mins (A2)
www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/music/ - Click GCE option