Belvedere College - Music

Music

Music

Mission Statement

The Music Department endeavours to develop in each student of the college, an interest and appreciation of music through the implementation of a full and varied curriculum (curricular and co-curricular). The Department encourages active and enjoyable participation in a wide range of musical activities, from solo performance to chamber ensembles, orchestra, wind bands, college choir, liturgical music group, traditional Irish group, college musical productions and pop/rock groups.
Music Students are expected to commit to their involvement in the co-curricular music programmes throughout their time in the school.


The Music Department prepares students for entrance to state exams at both Junior and Leaving Cert level and endeavours to present TY students with a programme to develop musical appreciation and performance in line with the general aims of the TY programme.

The Music Department also seeks to develop cross-curricular links with other departments, including the various language departments, the Transition Year Exchange Programme and the RE/Pastoral Department.

Overview

Staff

Mr. David O'Hanlon (Head of Department & Liturgical Music Coordinator)
Mr. Daniel Dunne (Subject Coordinator and Director of Wind Band Programme)
Ms. Louise Curtin (Founder of the Chamber Music Programme and Orchestra Conductor)
Dr. Marie Louise Bowe (Founder of the Wind Band Programme and The Orchestra)
Ms. Katie Ryan (PME-Trinity College Dublin)
Ruaidhrí Ó Dalaigh & Mrs. Frances Stoker-Phelan (Choir Directors)
Ryan Hargadon (Choir Repetitor)

Junior Certificate Music

Subject Overview

The Music syllabus aims to deliver a broad and balanced education in class music by providing students with the musical knowledge, understanding, practical competencies and attitudes appropriate to their age, needs, abilities and interests.

Content

The syllabus content involves a series of interrelated musical activities aimed at developing performing, composing and listening skills.
In performing, students may choose from a variety of individual and group performing categories.

In composing, students may select from a range of prescribed exercises, including a higher level option in free composition.
Approximately 60 % of the listening requirements can be chosen from a broad range of given categories. Students study:

  • prescribed songs and works
  • choice songs and works
  • general listening and musical literacy skills
  • Irish music and
  • a chosen general study.

The syllabus content allows for considerable diversity in the choice of teaching materials and approaches and includes music from different musical styles, periods and genres.
The syllabus is designed to allow for mixed ability teaching. Ordinary level students undertake exercises appropriate to their stage of musical development. Higher level students undertake similar exercises, but at a more advanced level, together with some additional content.

Assessment

Junior Certificate Music is examined at two levels, Ordinary level and Higher level. The modes of assessment include a practical examination in individual and/or group performing, and a combined aural and written examination in composing and listening to music.

Current status

This syllabus was implemented in schools in 1989. As part of the review of junior cycle, it is one of syllabuses currently undergoing a rebalancing process, in a move towards presenting all junior cycle syllabuses in similar formats.

Leaving Certificate Music

Subject Overview

The Leaving Certificate Music syllabus provides continuity and progression from Junior Certificate Music. The general aims and overall shape of both is broadly similar. In providing the musical knowledge, understanding, practical competencies and attitudes appropriate to their age, abilities and interests, the syllabus caters for the varying needs of all students including those who wish to pursue further studies in music.

Content

The content of this syllabus involves a series of interrelated musical activities within each of the three core areas of musical experience - performing, composing and listening.
In performing, students may choose from a variety of individual and/or group performing activities.

In composing, students may select from a range of prescribed exercises or, at higher level, choose to present free composition in part fulfilment of the composing requirement.
The listening component spans different musical periods, styles and genres. Students study:

  • prescribed works
  • Irish music
  • aural skills
  • a special study topic (a higher level specialism in listening)

Students may specialise in one of the three areas of musical experience. The structure of the syllabus allows them to undertake 50% of their work in the musical activity that best suits their interests and talents. The syllabus content allows for considerable diversity in the choice of teaching materials and approaches. All musical genres are encouraged.
The syllabus is designed to allow for mixed ability teaching. Ordinary level students undertake exercises appropriate to their stage of musical development. Higher level students undertake similar exercises, but at a more advanced level, together with additional work in a chosen specialist area.

Assessment

Leaving Certificate Music is examined at two levels, Ordinary level and Higher level. The modes of assessment include

  • a practical examination in individual and/or group performing
  • a combined aural and written examination in composing and listening to music.

Higher level students whose specialist option is composing will also present samples of their work for assessment.

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