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Teacher: Mrs Irvine


 Music at Nendrum College

Time allocation per week at KS3: 1hour 10mins

Key stage 3

All students study music at Key Stage 3 as follows:


Performing singing, keyboard, tuned and untuned percussion.
Composing in a variety of musical styles using resources such as acoustic and percussion instruments, and the iMac computer/keyboard lab.
Listening and Understanding to a wide range of music.  Styles include Blues, Gamelan, Dance, Film and Folk.
Pupils are assessed during and at the end of each unit of work, using different methods.
Key Stage 4
We follow the CCEA specification.
The music GCSE course is 65% coursework and 35% listening exam.


The specification has three components:


  • Component 1: Performing and Appraising
  • Component 2: Composing
  • Component 3: Listening and Appraising.

Component 1 involves students performing solo and ensemble pieces for an external examiner at the end of Y12. For Component 2, students create two compositions - one is a free composition while the other is set to a brief provided at the beginning of Y12. Both compositions are internally marked. Component 3 is an external listening exam lasting 1h30 based on the Areas of Study.  


Extra Curricular 
The school choir enjoys performing at all school events and also at events in the local community eg the Carol Service in the local church, events to raise funds for various charities etc. The choir rehearse one day a week after school and is made up of pupils from all year groups. For some events we also perform alongside pupils from St Patrick's High School, Downpatrick as part of the Shared Education Programme.


As pupils have lessons on guitar (acoustic and electric), drums, piano ukulele and singing they are encouraged to perform in groups/bands and again they perform regularly at school events. Some pupils have also performed their own compositions. All of the extra curricular activities in music  aim to help pupils to develop their musical skills as well as building confidence and self esteem. Making music with others is a very rewarding experience and as many pupils as possible are encouraged to take part!






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