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Breda Academy, Belfast

Music

 
 
 
 

Subject Overview:

Music is a creative subject and at Breda Academy students are given the opportunity to listen to, perform and compose a wide variety of different styles of Music.  Students learn to perform on percussion, guitar, ukulele and keyboard, as well as participating in class singing.  Music Technology also plays an important role in the department.   Students are taught to create music using software programmes such as Sibelius and GarageBand.

The aim of the Music Department is to ensure that all students are given the opportunity to enjoy Music and perform on a regular basis in a positive and rewarding environment.  It is a vibrant department in which students are always encouraged to realise their full potential.

The Music Department has a team of highly qualified, dedicated and enthusiastic instrumental tutors who offer private tuition on a wide range of instruments including Piano, Voice, Guitar, Drum Kit, Woodwind, Brass and Strings.  Pupils can further develop skills on their chosen instrument by performing with one of our school ensembles.

Key Stage 3 Programmes of Study:

In year 8 students will study The Elements of Music, Rhythm and Pulse, The Orchestra and Melody Writing.  In year 9 students will study Texture, Mood, Medieval Music and African Music.  In year 10 students will study Blues Music, Pop Music, Film Music and Music Technology.

Key Stage 4 Qualification Courses and Programmes of Study:

In Key Stage 4, throughout years 11 and 12, students can choose to study GCSE Music, OCN in Creative Arts and Digital Technology and/or Occupational Studies in Technology and Innovation.

The programmes of study for GCSE Music include units on composition, performance and listening and appraising.  The OCN course in Creative Arts and Digital requires students to complete units on performance, song writing skills, music technology and composition.  The Programmes of Study for the Occupational Studies in Technology and Innovation include units on Digital Music and Sound Production.

Key Stage 5 Qualification Courses and Programmes of Study:

In Key Stage 5 students can study OCN Creative Arts and Digital Technology.  The programmes of study for this course include units on composition, song writing skills, multi-track recording, sound checking an ensemble, event organisation, teamwork skills, presentation skills, moving image arts and problem solving skills.

 

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