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Staff

Mrs R Ashe (Leader of Learning)
Mrs A Graham (Year 11 LOL)
Mr N McKeown

KS3

All pupils in Years 8 – 10 study a general music course based upon listening, composing and performing.

Listening

The pupils’ listening skills are developed through the study of a variety of pieces from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Twentieth Century periods of History. Also, pupils study the development of Pop Music from 1950’s to the present day.

The scheme of work also covers reading and writing music notation, the elements of music and the study of instruments from the Symphony Orchestra and instruments in Pop Music.

Composing

Pupils compose during all three years in the Music/ICT Suite. The Music/ICT Suite has 20 IMAC Computers with music keyboards attached. Every computer is installed with Logic Pro 9 and Sibelius 6.

Performing

In class, pupils learn to play the keyboard. There is also an emphasis on classroom singing.

KS4

At Key Stage 4 students can opt to follow GCSE Music (Eduqas) which focuses on the development of the listening, performing and composing skills developed at Key Stage 3.  The listening part of the course is divided into four areas of study – Musical Devices, Musical Forms, Film Music and Pop Music.  Performance skills are acquired through attending lessons with our talented peripatetic staff, which are assessed through a solo and group performance.  The Music Department of the Belfast Model School for Girls is located within a suite of purpose-built rooms, several individual practice rooms, an orchestra room, a recording studio and a Mac computer suite.


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