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Ballycastle High School

33 Rathlin Road

Ballycastle

BT54 6LD

 

info@ballycastlehigh.ballycastle.ni.sch.uk

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028 2076 2254

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Music

  • Mrs L Elliott  (Head of Department)
  • Strings –Mr A McCubbin
  • Woodwind & Brass – Miss L Skelton
  • Singing & Piano – Mrs N Hyndman
  • Guitar – Mr D Hamill
  • Drums – Mr D Whiteside
Teaching Staff:

“Music can change the world because it can change people"

Bono - U2

The Music course follows the curriculum which includes Listening, Performing & Composing
 
The Music Department hosts a variety of musical groups.  

These include:

  • Choir 

  • Chamber Choir

  • Instrumental Group

  • Ukulele Group

  • Guitar Group

  • Band

 

There is a Christmas Concert or School Production each year. 

Ks3 Topics
At KS3 Music level, all pupils receive three double periods over a two-week period.  
Topics include:  
 
Year 8: Rhythm & Pulse Keyboard skills - Carnival of the Animals - What Makes a Good Song? 
 
Year 9: Blues - Rock n Roll  - Traditional Music - Indian Music 
 
Year 10: History of Music, Medieval to present day
GCSE
 
The examination board used is CCEA.
There are three elements to the course:  
Composing, Performing & Listening
 
Component 1: Performing and Appraising External examination assessed by a visiting examiner Students present one solo and one ensemble performance. (30%) Students discuss and evaluate performances with the visiting examiner. (5%) 
 
Component 2: Composing Controlled assessment Students create two compositions. One is in response to a pre-release stimulus and one is free choice. Teachers mark the tasks, and CCEA moderate the results. (30%)
 
Component 3: Listening and Appraising External written examination 1 hour 30 minutes Students answer questions based on familiar and unfamiliar music relating to the Areas of Study. (35% )
 
AS/A Level
CCEA GCE in Mathematics At AS/A level pupils study the CCEA course and will sit the following examinations:
 
AS 1:
Performing Externally assessed by visiting examiner Solo performance Viva voce 32.5% of AS 13% of A level
AS 2:
Composing Internally assessed, externally moderated A: Composition Task or B: Composition with Technology Task
 
  • Written commentary 32.5% of AS 13% of A level
 
AS 3:
Responding to Music Two external written examinations
Test of aural perception 1 hour Written examination 
2 hours 35% of AS 14% of A level
 
A2 1:
Performing Externally assessed by visiting examine.r Solo performance Viva voce 19.5% of A level
 
A2 2:
Composing Internally assessed, externally moderated A: Composition Task or B: Composition with Technology Task Written commentary 19.5% of A level
A2 3:
Responding to Music Two external written examinations Test of aural perception 1 hour 15 mins Written examination 2 hours 21% of A level