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Mr E Craig MA BMus DipChD FNCM PGCE (Head of Department)

Mrs K Withers MEd BMus PGCE


There are many reasons why we believe pupils should study music at Carrickfergus Grammar School.

- Research has argued that students who study music from an early age can do better at a range of subjects.
- Children who play music learn there are rewards from hard work, practice and discipline.
- Playing a musical instrument helps develop kids' creative thinking and motor skills.
- Music helps kids become more active listeners.
- It can also enhance their health and wellbeing and increase their stamina.


Year 8
The Building Blocks of All Music
The Instruments Around Us
The Science of Sound

Year 9
Music of the People
Exploring different cultures through their Music

Year 10
Stories in Music - Looking at how musicans told stories through their compositions from the Baroque to modern day. We learn to play as part of an ensemble using keyboards and the ukulele as well as writing Protest Songs and Film Music.

You will learn to know and recognise musical styles of the past and present, from Beethoven to Dr Who, from Europe and around the world.

Composing and Appraising 30%
You will submit two contrasting compositions which can be in whatever style you like. We make full use of the Music Technology Lab to help you create and record your ideas.

Performing and Appraising 35%
You will have the opportunity to give a solo performance and also to perform as part of a group. You get lots of practice at this through all the groups we have at school so it is important to try out as many different ways of performing and working with others as you can.

Listening and Appraising 35%
Repeated Patterns in Music
Incidental Music
Musical Traditions in Ireland

Following on from GCSE you have the opportunity to work throughout the year to create one piece of music. Using Music Technology you can work to create a sequenced arrangement of a given piece instead of composing your own, giving you the opportunity of getting to grips more fully with the range of Music Technology software.

You will also give a performance programme on your instrument/instruments lasting 5-8 mins (AS) 10-12mins (A2).
At AS level you will study the interesting topic of The Musical along with getting a secure understanding of The Symphony and Concerto throughout 5 set works.

At A2 level you will go back to the Renaissance period by learning about the Secular Music (1580-1620), much of which you will have sung or heard through choir over the years. You will also push your musical understanding well into the key works of the 20th-century, again through a series of setworks.

Examining these areas, there will be a listening paper and a written paper.

Careers Options
The career options are endless, but they include:
Music Therapist ,Disc-jockey, Performer , Tuner, Technician, Instrument repair, Church Musician, Conducting, Music Librarian , Recording Editor, Music arranging, Film Scoring, Teaching / Lecturing Music Composition Recording Engineering, Publisher / Editor, Copyright administrator, Post-production scoring, Advertising Jingles, Acoustical Engineer, Recording Producer, Arts Administrator, Manager/ Booking Agent, Audio Engineering, Promotions and marketing , Music Dealer: management /sales Music historian, Music software developer and programmer, Newspaper critic/Reporter, Virtual Reality Sound Environments, Music Researcher /Manufacturer, importer and wholesaler: for instruments, accessories, electronics, recordings, software, Music License Administrator, Orchestral / Band player.

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