Head of Department: Mrs L Elliott

Peripatetic Tutors:

Strings – Mrs G Reid

Woodwind & Brass – Mrs B Murray

Voice – Miss N Wallace

Guitar – Mr D Hamill

Drums – Mr I McDonald



At Key Stage 3, all students receive 3 double periods of Music over a 2 week period.  
The Music course follows the National Curriculum with emphasis on Listening, Performing and Composing.

After the first 3 years Music becomes an optional subject leading to GCSE and A Level.

At Key stage 4 the examining board used is CCEA. There are 3 elements to the course.

Composition – Two compositions must be completed during the course, ONE of which must relate to ONE of the Areas of Study

Performing – Two performances will be given, one solo performance and one an ensemble of at least THREE performers. There will also be a viva.

Listening and Appraising – Eight questions related to the three areas of study and unfamiliar music. 

A Level pupils study for the CCEA GCE Music, where the course is jointly offered with our partner school Cross & Passion College which also has a strong musical tradition. 

Associated Board Practical Examinations

Pupils are encouraged to enter these examinations for their own personal musical development which take part at the end of each term.

Extra-Curricular Activities & Musical Events

The Music Department hosts a variety of musical groups, both at lunchtimes and after school.  The main activities are Choir & Orchestra.  
The department hosts some smaller ensembles throughout the year such as Samba Band, School Pop Band and smaller instrumental groups for performances in concerts,
Prize Day and Open Night.  There is a concert each year and the department is also involved in the bi-annual play which is hosted by the English Department.  

Pupils also enjoy the Talent Competition which is held in the Summer Term.                                                                                      


Ballycastle High School
33 Rathlin Rd
BT54 6LD


P: (028) 2076 2254


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