St Louis Grammar School
Ballymena
Promoting Excellence, Endeavour and Empowerment

Music

Head of Department: Mrs Louise Donnelly: BMus(Hons), PGCE, Grade 8 Piano, Grade 8 Clarinet, Grade 8 Voice

Music Teacher: Mr David Guiney B. A Hons Popular and Contemporary Music, PGCE. Grade 8 Guitar. Other instruments include Piano, Bass, Drums and Voice


In St Louis we aim to nurture an appreciation and a love of Music in every child. Music gives the pupils an opportunity to learn in a creative, stimulating environment, developing skills necessary for later life.

At Key Stage 3 all pupils take Music as a subject once each week. Years 8, 9 and 10 concentrate on the development of listening, performing and composing skills.

GCSE 

Students study the CCEA GCSE Music Curriculum. Over the past 7 years, we have maintained a 100% pass rate A*-C

GCSE Music is broken into 3 sections

Performing and Appraising (35%) 

Students are assessed at the end of Year 12 and must perform 1 piece on their own and 1 piece within a group of 3 or more. The maximum level that they need to perform at is Grade 1

Composing and Appraising (30%) 

Students compose throughout Year 11 and 12 and submit their folio of compositions at the end of Year 12. They must compose 2 pieces which last together, between 3-5 minutes. Most students opt to compose using Logic Pro X.

Listening and Appraising (35%) 

Students student a number of pieces throughout years 11 and 12 and are assessed in May of Year 12. This involves one listening paper covering their four areas of study.

a) Western Classical Music

b) Popular Music

c) Film Music

d) Musical Traditions in Ireland

AS and A2 students follow the CCEA Music course at their respective levels. We have also maintained a 100% pass rate in the past 7 years.

Instrumental Tuition 

We currently have nine instrumental tutors teaching on a weekly basis. 15% of pupils attend music lessons in school.

Monday 

Mrs Henry - Singing (Private)

Tuesday 

Mrs Mullan - Strings (NEELB)

Mrs Brookman - Piano (Private)

Wednesday 

Mrs Brookman - Piano (Private)

Thursday 

Mrs Mullan - Strings (NEELB)

Miss Nicholl - Lower Stings (NEELB)

Mrs Rogers - Woodwind (NEELB)
Mrs Brookman - Theory (Private)

Friday 

Mrs Henry - Singing (Private)

Mr Breen - Guitar (Private)

Students attend these lessons during class time with the exception of 6th form, which are scheduled during one of their study periods.

Students are entered for examination whenever the instrumental teacher feels that this is appropriate. The majority of students are entered for Associated Board Graded Examinations although singers are also entered for Trinity College London examinations and London College of Music Examinations. Guitarists are entered for Rock School Graded Examinations.

Extra-Curricular Activities 

The Music Department is a hive of activity during break-time, lunch-time and after school as many group activities rehearse for various events throughout the academic year. We are also grateful to Mr Convery for helping students who have a passion for Irish Traditional Music

On a weekly basis, the following groups meet:

Junior Choir, Orchestra, Senior Choir and Chamber Choir. Many other smaller ensembles such as, rock ensembles, string quartets, 6th form ensembles also rehearse during the week.

The Senior Choir is open to all boys and girls in the Senior school. They meet every Monday/Wednesday/Friday over break in the music department, to rehearse popular songs such as 'The Sound of Silence' and 'In the middle of the night'. In addition to performing a wonderful version of 'Carol of the Bells' in the Christmas Carol Service, they will be singing in the Easter School concert.

Orchestra rehearsal takes place on a Tuesday from 3.30 - 4.30. Any pupil who receives instrumental tuition on violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet and trumpet must attend. The orchestra will be performing at the Christmas Carol Service and the Easter Concert.

ABRSM theory lessons are available for all students this year. These take place every Thursday during school in the Music department. These lessons have been set up to provide additional support for pupils studying GCSE or A Level Music, as well as helping any other pupils who require Grade 5 theory to continue on to ABRSM Grade 6 in their practical instrument.



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