Department Members : Mrs Roisin Corr (HOD)
Review of the year 2013-2014
Our annual Carol Service was held on Dec. 19th which involved our renowned school choir and orchestra performing a selection of well known Carols and Christmas music.
St. Joseph’s Music Department held their Spring Recital at Easter which involved a wide selection of instrumental and vocal music performed by students from Year 8 – 14. Orchestra, Choir, Traditional Group, instrumentalists and singers were all involved in showcasing their talent.
Many of our music tuition pupils have undertaken music exams throughout the year ranging from music medals to Diplomas, all achieving success.
Our Irish Traditional Group succeeded in taking first place at Dungannon Feis and continues to grow in number and ability. A small group known as ‘The Green Eyed Peas’ have been asked to play at various events throughout the year namely ‘Trad For Trocaire’ and the opening of the Tyrone Fleadh.
MUSIC DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW
The Music Department has the following aims:
- 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 offer pupils opportunities to develop discrimination through personal decision making.
- 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.
Music Department Curriculum
The department works to develop the pupils appreciation and enjoyment through the following criteria:
- Performing and Appraising
- Composing and Appraising
- Listening and Appraising.
Each pupil is encouraged to take part in all musical activites both in a class context as well as in extra curricular activities. Every pupil will experience the wide and varied musical experiences offered within the Music Department. The courses offered are as follows:
GCSE Music (CCEA) A Level Music (CCEA)
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 music is a compulsory subject in the common curriculum. Lessons in Year 8 – 10 are a double class, once a week.
Music is an option subject at Key Stage 4. All pupils who opt for music will follow a course leading to GCSE.
A Level music is offered to all pupils who have completed a course in GCSE music.
Extra Curricular Activities
Pupils in St. Joseph’s can select from a wide range of extra curricular activities. Every pupil in the school is invited to participate in some capacity, depending on their interests. These activities include:
- Peripatetic tuition : There are 6 visiting tutors from the SELB Music Service, who teach Upper/Lower Strings, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion instruments. We also have visiting tutors who give private tuition on piano, voice, Irish Traditional fiddle and tin whistle.
- String Group
- Traditional Group
- Various instrumental and vocal ensembles
St. Joseph’s Grammar School Choir has a rich tradition across the spectrum of school and community life throughout the local area. They provide music for School Masses, Carol Services, Confirmation of local primary school, concerts and shows. The choir have performed at such shows as ‘The Journey’, ‘The Gift of Music’, Ashley Fulton’s Vocal Showcase and Bardic Theatre’s ‘Blockbuster’. Most recently the choir performed with the esteemed artist Liam Lawton on the opening night of his current tour.