Aims of the Music Department

The aims of the Music department relate directly to the aims of Little Flower Girls’ School.

The Music department has the following aims:

  • To maintain and stimulate pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in music.

  • To enable pupils to be sensitive to, familiar with and confident with appropriate musical knowledge, principles, skills and vocabulary.

  • To enable pupils to see music as:

    • a major cultural feature that provides intellectual and aesthetic stimulation;

    • part of a wider body of knowledge and skills;

    • a source of pleasure and an important part of our leisure activities.

  • To enable pupils to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as safety awareness, politeness, perseverance, concern for others, initiative and independence.

  • To enable pupils to work independently and as part of a team in varied activities. Music contributes to the development of core skills such as I.C.T., reading, writing and speaking.

  • To allow all pupils to have equal access to music and to experience success and enjoyment in their music work through appropriate teaching methods and resources.

  • To allow pupils to develop informed opinions.

 


Pupils shall experience many musical activities such as the opportunity to:

  • control sounds made by the voice and instruments (both tuned and untuned),
  • perform with others,
  • compose in response to a stimulus,
  • communicate musical ideas to others,
  • listen and appraise.

Delivery in the Music Department is based on the following criteria:

  1. Relevant G.C.S.E. and A level requirements are used as a basic core for the scheme of work incorporating the elements of Listening, Performing and Composing.
  2. Pupils are encouraged to develop the skills necessary to participate in a wide range of musical activities, both at school and in the wider community.
  3. Pupils are encouraged to recall and apply their knowledge and skills in familiar and unfamiliar situations.
  4. Pupils are encouraged to develop the skill of perception and the ability to critically respond in a sensitive way to music from different times and cultures.
  5. Pupils are encouraged to understand and express their thoughts and feelings through music when it is appropriate and perhaps more meaningful than by other forms of communication.
  6. Pupils are encouraged to read music and understand staff notation and symbols etc.
  7. Pupils are encouraged and enabled to follow both verbal and written instructions accurately.
  8. The Music department aims to help pupils develop core skills in addition to those mentioned previously, e.g.
    • applying their knowledge and understanding in a range of contexts;
    • numeracy, data handling and literacy;
    • the power of memory; the skills of analysis, creativity and co-ordination.

 

Curriculum

The Curriculum delivered in the Music department of Little Flower Girls’ School is based on the following criteria:

  • Performing and Appraising
  • Composing and Appraising
  • Listening and Appraising

Each pupil is encouraged to take part in all musical activities both in a class context as well as in extra-curricular activities.

Every pupil will experience the wide and varied musical experiences offered within the Music Department.

The courses offered are as follows:

  • a comprehensive scheme of work for all Key Stage 3 Pupils
  • G.C.S.E. Music (CCEA)
  • A Level Music (CCEA)

KS3

At Key Stage 3, class sizes vary from 15-20 pupils.

Each class receives 2 x 35 minute periods per week.

Lessons in Years 8 and 9 are generally a double class, once per week, whereas Year 10 classes can be 2 single classes per week and are grouped as Form Classes.

GCSE

Music is offered to all year 10 pupils and are encouraged to pursue an examination route in music.

Class size at G.C.S.E. is determined by the number of pupils wishing to continue to this level.

G.C.S.E. pupils experience the following throughout their two years of study:

  • Composing and Appraising (30%)
  • Performing and Appraising (35%)
  • Listening and Appraising (35%)

Extra tutorials are given to all pupils as they prepare for G.C.S.E. Practical’s; when each pupil is allocated specific time to assist with preparation.

A Level

Music is offered to all pupils who have completed a course in G.C.S.E. music.

AS MUSIC - the first year of A Level study will include the following:

(a) Solo performance

+

(b) Composition (32%)

(c) Papers I and II – set works and topics (18%)

All delivery is based on CCEA specifications.


A2 MUSIC - as with the AS course, the second year of A Level study will include the following:

(a) Solo performance

+

(b) Composition (30%)

(c) Papers I and II – set work and set topic. (20%)

All delivery is based on CCEA specifications.

Department Links

The staff in the Music Department are interested in incorporating Cross Curricular themes within each scheme of work, as appropriate.

These subject areas have included:

  • Science (sound – vibration, planets etc.)

  • History (Titanic, Irish Famine, Slavery etc.)

  • Geography (World and ethnic music e.g. African, Indian)

  • Languages (Use of French and Irish songs / hymns etc., dance etc.)

  • Religion (Preparation of liturgies throughout the year)

  • English (Oliver! and use of poetry)

Extra-Curricular

Pupils in Little Flower Girls’ School can select from a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Every pupil in the school is invited to participate in some capacity, depending on their interest and these activities include:

  • Peripatetic tuition on various musical instruments such as violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, harp, piano, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, percussion, drum kit, djembe, recorder, tin whistle and voice.

  • School Choir (Years 8 – 14)

  • Senior Choir (Years 11 – 14)

  • Junior Choir (Years 8-10)

  • Traditional Folk Group

  • Praise Band (Years 10-14)

  • Handbell choir (Years 8 – 14)

  • Orchestra (Years 8–14)

  • Theory Class (Years 8-14)

  • Various instrumental and vocal ensembles

All pupils are very generous with their time and are most responsive when school groups are asked to perform e.g. local residential homes, Help the Aged, Belfast City Council etc.

As a result, pupils have in recent years performed in St Anne’s Cathedral, the Ulster Hall, City Hall, Odyssey Arena, and in concert with Peter Corry and Phil Coulter.

Links

Links With Educational Institutions

Under the auspices of the North Belfast Learning Partnership, the Music Department delivers A Level Music to boys from St Patrick’s College.

Links Within The Community

Many links have been maintained throughout the years with many local residential homes and churches. Little Flower musicians have taken part in numerous carol singing events in residential homes and in funeral and marriage liturgies in local churches. These links shall continue.

 


 

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