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“Music can change the world because it can change people.” - Bono


“Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same.” - John Denver


Teaching staff: Head of Department: Mrs L Elliott

Strings – Mr A McCubbin

Woodwind & Brass – Miss L Skelton

Singing & Piano – Mrs N Hyndman

Guitar – Mr D Hamill

Drums – Mr D Whiteside

The Music course follows the curriculum which includes Listening, Performing & Composing.

The Music Department hosts a variety of musical groups. These include: Choir, Chamber Choir, Instrumental Group, Ukulele Group, Guitar Group and Band.

There is a Christmas Concert or School Production each year.



At KS3 Music level, all pupils receive three double periods over a two-week period. Topics include:

Year 8: Rhythm & Pulse

Keyboard skills

Carnival of the Animals

What Makes a Good Song?

Year 9: Blues

Rock n Roll

Traditional Music

Indian Music

Year 10: History of Music, Medieval to present day.


GCSE Music Specification:

The examination board used is CCEA. There are three elements to the course: Composing, Performing & Listening.


Component 1:

Performing and Appraising

External examination assessed by a visiting examiner

Students present one solo and one ensemble performance. (30%)

Students discuss and evaluate performances with the visiting examiner. (5%)

Component 2:


Controlled assessment

Students create two compositions. One is in response to a pre-release stimulus and one is free choice.

Teachers mark the tasks, and CCEA moderate the results. 30%

Component 3:

Listening and Appraising

External written examination

1 hour 30 minutes



A Level Specification:

The examination board used is CCEA. There are three elements to the course: Performing, Composing & Responding to Music.

AS 1: Performing

Externally assessed by visiting examiner

Solo performance

Viva voce 32.5% of AS 13% of A level

AS 2: Composing

Internally assessed, externally moderated

A: Composition Task


B: Composition with Technology Task

Written commentary 32.5% of AS 13% of A level

AS 3: Responding to


Two external written examinations

Test of aural perception 1 hour

Written examination 2 hours

35% of AS 14% of A level


Ballycastle High School
33 Rathlin Rd
BT54 6LD


P: (028) 2076 2254


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