Wellington College

Wellington College Belfast

Co-Educational Grammar School

Engage | Educate | Empower

Music

Music
Music students performing at Prize Day

Key Staff

  • Mrs E McCloskey HoD
  • Mrs S Hodgins
  • Mrs E Stockdale

In the Music Department we provide opportunities for pupils to gain skills, knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

Controlling sounds made by the voice and instruments;

  • Responding and reviewing own and others’ work;
  • Listening and applying knowledge and understanding;
  • Communicate musical ideas to others by means such as speaking and writing;
  • Performance – both individual and ensemble;
  • Creating and developing musical ideas in response to a stimulus.

Pupils will experience a variety of experiences/activities during a unit and during an individual lesson. There will be many opportunities for individual and/or group activities, e.g. performing, listening, composing, writing, discussion, appraising and using ICT equipment.

In the Music Department pupils will have the opportunity to study Music at Key Stage 3 and beyond to AS and A Level.

The Music Department not only teaches Music as a subject but provides endless opportunities for pupils to perform it outside of school in an extra curricular setting. Pupils are encouraged to be part of the various clubs such as Junior & Senior Choir, Orchestra, Concert Band, Woodwind Group, Brass Group and the String Group. There are many events in the Music Department that allow the pupils to showcase their talents such as:

  • Prize Distribution
  • Annual school Musical Production
  • Christingle Service
  • Open Evenings
  • College Assemblies
  • Music Festivals
  • Charity Events

Year 8

  1. Elements of music and basic notation.
  2. Danse Macabre
  3. World Music
  4. Ostinato
  5. Messages and Music
  6. Instruments of the Orchestra
  7. Carnival of the Animals
  8. Classy Music

Formative assessment: 4 written tests, 3 spelling tests, 3 homeworks, 2 performances, 2 Compositions, Keyboard Performance (Classy Music) and a summer exam.

Year 9

  1. Elements of Music
  2. Graphic Scores
  3. Step and Leap
  4. Film Music
  5. Next Door Neighbours
  6. Musical Moods
  7. Musicals and TV themes
  8. Classy Music

Formative assessment: 3 written tests, 2 spelling test, 4 homeworks, 2 Compositions, Keyboard Performances (Love me Tender, Fur Elise, Classy Music) and a summer exam.

Year 10

  1. Elements of Music
  2. Listening on 'The Planets'
  3. Primary Chords
  4. Careers in Music
  5. Music and Games Consoles
  6. Blues
  7. Ragtime
  8. Jazz
  9. What makes a good song?

Formative assessment: 3 written tests, 3 homeworks, 2 Compositions, Performance (Yellow Submarine, Jackass Blues, Classy Music) and a summer exam.

Year 11

  • Listening: Repeated Patterns in Music, Incidental Music, Vocal Music and general Eras of Music.
  • Composition: Melody writing, primary, secondary and 7th chords, cadences, musical form, accompaniments.
  • Performance: sole and ensemble

Formative assessment: 5 homeworks, 4 written tests, 1 vocabulary test, 3 performances, (2 solo and one ensemble), 2 Compositions and a summer exam.

Year 12

  • Listening: Musical Arrangements and consolidation of year 11 listening.
  • Composition: modulation, variations, ensemble writing and implementation of techniques learnt to create two compositions lasting in total 3 to 5 minutes duration. Commentary of both composition.
  • Performance: Solo and ensemble.

Summative assessment (Mock and GCSE exam): Listening exam (25%), 2 compositions (40%) and performance (both solo and ensemble) (35%).

AS Level

AS 1:

A solo performance at a level equivalent to at least Grade 4 standard of 5 to 7 minutes duration and a viva voce

Assessed by Visiting Examiner

32.5% of AS

13% of A level

AS 2:

A composition task (option A) or composition with music technology task (option B) of 1½ to 2½ minutes duration accompanied by a written commentary of no more than 1000 words

Internally assessed

Externally moderated

32.5% of AS

13% of A level

AS 3:

Three compulsory areas of study, each containing four set works: Music for Orchestra 1700–1900; Sacred Vocal Music (anthems) and Secular Vocal (musicals)

A 1 hour test of aural perception and a 2 hour written examination

35% of AS

14% of A level

 

A2 Level

A2 1:

A solo performance at a level equivalent to

at least Grade 5 standard of 8 to 10 minutes

duration and a viva voce

Assessed by Visiting Examiner

19.5% of A level

A2 2:

A composition task (option A) or composition with music technology task (option B) of 2 to 3 minutes duration accompanied by a written commentary of no more than 1200 words

Internally assessed

Externally moderated

19.5% of A level

A2 3:

Three compulsory areas of study each

containing four set works: Music for Orchestra in the Twentieth Century; Sacred Vocal Music (mass/requiem mass) and Secular Vocal Music (1600 to the present day)

A 1¼ hour test of aural perception and a 2 hour written examination

21% of A level

If you have decided to study music at degree level, you are probably interested in theoretical knowledge as well as the wider aspects of the music industry

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Music therapist
  • Musician
  • Private music teacher
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Sound technician, broadcasting/film/video

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • Arts administrator
  • Broadcast engineer
  • Community arts worker
  • Event organizer
  • Radio broadcast assistant
  • Radio producer
  • Theatre stage manager

Useful Websites