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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown

Music

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Welcome to the Music Department of St John the Baptist College!

Few people are unaffected by music. It pervades everyday life and is an integral part of social culture. Within the school curriculum, music can enrich the lives of individual pupils, providing opportunities for their personal, intellectual, social and cultural growth. It cannot be emphasised enough that children gain musical knowledge, understanding and skill by actively taking part in musical experiences.

The Department provides opportunities for all pupils from Years 8-10 to come together to enjoy and perform music both in and out of the classroom. Here, diversity is celebrated within the department by holding and attending different events and productions.

Music is an area of the curriculum that develops pupils sensitivities to many aspects of everyday life and prepares them for a very wide range of stimulating and challenging activities. It plays a central role in the development of pupils' understanding, being concerned with the education of feeling; exploration of values; practical and perceptual skills and intellectual and aesthetic development.

Our Music Department aims to do this by:

  • To recognise the potential of career opportunities
  • To enable pupils to discover, in all shapes and forms, as a medium of expression
  • To provide practical experience of music for all pupils
  • To develop aural perception and imagination
  • To enable pupils to experience enjoyment and satisfaction through participation in both ensemble and individual music making activities
  • To enable pupils to extend their musical experience through their own initiative
  • To develop social skills, decision making and self-confidence in the pupils
  • To create an atmosphere where pupils, whatever their musical ability, can contribute to and learn from the class that is both enjoyable and stimulating
  • To contribute to children's personal and social development and the development of positive attitudes to self and others
  • To learn to appreciate the enjoyable and worthwhile nature of leisure

We also aim to produce a secure, nurturing environment to learn Music and for pupils to enjoy extra curricular experiences within the realms of Music Practice and Musical Theatre.

The department works to develop the pupils’ appreciation and enjoyment through performing, composing and listening activities.

In Year 8 we cover:

Unit 1: Musical Basics

Unit 2: Keyboard Skills

Unit 3: Instruments of the Orchestra

Unit 4: GarageBand (three projects)

Unit 5: Musical Futures Performance

 

In Year 9 we explore:

Unit 1: Building Blocks of Music

Unit 2: Pentatonic Scale

Unit 3: Popular Music

Unit 4: GarageBand (two projects)

Unit 5: World Music

Unit 6: Musical Futures Performance

 

In Year 10 we study:

Unit 1: Elements of Music including Chords & Scales

Unit 2: The Planets

Unit 3: Film & Mood Music

Unit 4: Music for Special Occasions

Unit 5: Careers in Music

Unit 6: GarageBand (two projects)

Unit 7: Musical Futures Performance

 

Department member: Mrs J Crawford

Extra - Curricular Provision

The Music Department offers a variety of extra-curricular opportunities for pupils which will build their confidence in performance and give them opportunities to perform at various events. The school has a vibrant choir that performs at many events throughout the school year including our annual carol service. Pupil with an interest in musical theatre can also join the Performing Arts Club and be part of our school musical next May.

News

3rd Apr 2019
On Thursday 11th April, a selection of our pupils will be performing at the Seagoe...
 
 
 
13th Mar 2019
Today the College Choir were invited to perform at Armagh City Hotel at a Peace,...
 
 
 
22nd Oct 2018
Joseph auditions will be held on Wednesday 7th November from 4 - 6pm in the Music...
 
 
 
4th Oct 2018
We are gearing up for another year of our Beginner 2 Band (B2B) programme in AmmA.  Any...
 
 
 
4th Oct 2018
FastTrad are now running an after schools club in school on Mondays from 12th November...
 
 
 
16th Nov 2017
Having completed the Halloween assessments, the top students as well as most improved...
 
 
 
12th Oct 2017
8BL developing their percussion skills in music today. Concentration and effective...