Since musicality is primarily a natural capacity to respond to sound, the philosophy of the music department is to nurture and refine, to stimulate and sensitise each pupil to the nature of sound and to increase in them the ability to create, manipulate, discriminate, stimulate, adjudicate and interpret sound

Pupils must be allowed to experience their own musicality and be sensitised to the expressive nature and purpose of music. The Music Department provides an environment in which each pupil is given the opportunity to develop activities of listening, composing, improving and performing in a way which allows them to express and communicate varieties of music of their own and of others, both as individuals and as members of groups. Through aural perception and discrimination the pupils will be helped to increase their ability to respond sensitively to music. This is central to the purpose of music in the curriculum.

Teaching Staff

  • Mrs K O'Doherty (Head of Department)
  • Mrs S Rodgers
  • Mrs S O'Hagan
  • Mrs White (Violin)
  • Louise (Brass)
  • Mr A Dunphy
  • Mr G McGurghan (Guitar)
  • Mr J Mulligan (Guitar)

Peripatetic staff

  • WELB Tuition
    • Violin - Miss B Fitzpatrick
    • Woodwind - Mrs A Hughes
    • Brass - Mrs S Kenny
  • Private Tutor
    • Drums - Miss C Coffey
    • Guitar - Mr P McGartland
    • Voice - Mrs E Goell
Aims of the Music department

The Departments roles is to develop a sensitive response to sound in general and to organised patterns of sound called"music" in all pupils. This response, with this context, is essentially creative and is an alterative medium of experience, expression and communication since it is grounded in the non-verbal world

  • To encourage all pupils in their ability to create and organise music in a way in which they can gain access to their creative, expressive and communicative capacities.
  • To enable pupils to respond to music with sensitivity and with skills of interpretation.
  • To encourage all children to think clearly, creatively and critically.
  • To encourage all pupils to develop a sense of self-esteem.
  • To encourage pupils to work independently
  • To encourage pupils to be tolerant of the opinion of their peers.
Year 8 Units of Work and Assessment
  • Unit 1 - Vocalise
  • Unit 2 - Elements of Music
  • Unit 3 - Notation
  • Unit 4 - Dance Macabre
  • Unit 5 – Improvisation
Year 9
  • Unit 1 - Scales
  • Unit 2 - Music for Celebration
  • Unit 3 - Rondo
  • Unit 4 - Africian Sanctus
Year 10
  • Unit 1 - Compound time
  • Unit 2 - Variation
  • Unit 3 - Blues
  • Unit 4 - Music Media
  • Performance
    • June year 11
    • January year 12
    • April year 12
  • Composition
    • June year 11
    • January year 12
    • April year 12
  • Listening
    • January year 11 (general)
    • June year 11 (general/set works)
    • January year 12 (general/set works)
    • April year 12 (general/set works)
Extra curricular activities

There are several lunch time after school activities in which pupils are encouraged to participate:

  • Junior choir year 8 -10
  • Senior choir year 9 14
  • Traditional Group
  • School band (rock/pop)
  • Wind Ensemble
  • String ensemble

Rehearsals take place Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday lunch time. The frequency of rehearsals is often increased due to the demand for the schools choir

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