Loreto College - Coleraine, Co. Derry, Northern Ireland
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Music

Academic Year 2017-2018

Head of Department:
Miss R Stewart

Teaching Staff:
Mr S Gallagher
Mrs A Sharkey (Vocal tuition/Piano Tuition/Choir Conductor)
Miss J McDermott (Brass Tuition)
Mrs G Reid (String Tuition)
Mrs E Haggan (String Tuition)
Mr D Gillespie (Woodwind Tuition)
Mr D Hamill (Guitar Tuition)

Facilities
The Music Department has two classrooms equipped with interactive boards, electronic keyboards and computers to teach Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Music and the AS/A2 Composition with Technology coursework.
The department also has a recording studio, practice rooms and a variety of classroom and orchestral instruments.

Key Stage 3
All pupils are taught to read music through the keyboard and tin whistle (Year 8) and Keyboard and recorder (Year 9 & 10). All themes and topics are centred around the 3 areas of Listening, Composing and Performing music. As well as traditional music, the pupils learn about the music of different countries in addition to a general introduction to classical music and composers.

GCSE Music
This is a new course (Starting in September 2017) and centres around the 4 areas of study:- Western Classical Music, Film Music, Musical Traditions of Ireland and Popular Music. The pupils listen to wide variety of music and study set works in preparation for a listening exam in Year 12. Coursework consists of 2 pieces of coursework and the performance exam consists of a solo and an ensemble performance.

AS Music
This course is designed for pupils who want to study classical music at a little more depth than GCSE. This is a new course (started in September 2016) and several pieces of music are studied under 3 areas of study:- Music for Orchestra (1700- 1900), Sacred Vocal Music (Anthems) and Secular Vocal Music (Musicals). Essays are required on the areas of study and set works. Pupils also undertake one composition using technology and a solo performance exam.

A2 Music
This is a new course (Starting in September 2017) and is designed for pupils who want to study classical music at a more advanced level. Pupils study several pieces of music under 3 areas of study:-
Music fro Orchestra in the 20th Century, Sacred Vocal Music and Secular Vocal Music. Essays are required on the areas of study and set works. Pupils also undertake one composition with technology and a solo performance exam at a high level.

Results
Results are always of a very high standard with 100% pass rate at GCSE level Grades A-C every year and exceeding the N. Ireland Grammar school average. Several pupils go on to study Music at 3rd level with many choosing to teach the subject. In 2012, all pupils at GCSE and A2 level achieved a Grade A or A*.

Extra Curricular Activities
The main extra curricular activities in the music department are:- The orchestra, senior and junior choirs and the traditional group. These activities meet for practice every week and aim to achieve a high level of performance. The department has a high success rate annually in competitions and festivals and also reached the final of the UTV Choir of the Year competition on two occasions. The junior choir also has a high success rate annually at competitions. In 2016-2017, the traditional group "Tigh Tara" reached the final of the highly competitive Gael Linn traditional group competition "Siansa" and played in the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

Musicals / Spring Concert
On alternative years the pupils in the department have the opportunity to display their exceptional talent in the school musical and also at the  annual spring concert. These two events involve a high standard of performance and receive many outstanding reviews every year. The most recent musical:- Guys and Dolls, Phantom of the Opera and the Sound of Music proved popular choices with the pupils and staff. In October 2017, the musical "Footloose" will be performed at the college.

Summary
The music department at Loreto College strives to offer each pupil every opportunity to display their musical abilities and to reach the highest level of performance possible. This is achieved through gaining confidence in performance, Listening and Composing activities in thee classroom, ensemble and group work and taking part in the wide range of musical experiences offered.