- Mr I G Bell (Head of Department)
- Mrs C Howell
- To maintain and stimulate pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in music.
- To enable pupils to be familiar with and confident in a body of musical knowledge, principles, skills and vocabulary.
- To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all pupils (irrespective of their gender or academic ability) to have equal access to music and to experience success and enjoyment in their music work.
The Music Department comprises a main teaching room with practice facilities and is situated in the Main Administrative block, the bulk of musical activities taking place in Music Room 1. There is also access to a large practice facility ‘Band Room’ which is given over to instrumental tuition and as a rehearsal space for Music Ensembles. Each teaching room is equipped with percussion trolleys, pianos, Hi-Fi equipment and keyboards. Recent additions of digital drum machines, PCs and multi-tracking equipment, DJ sound equipment and supporting sequencing and notation software now make the Department well placed to cope with music technology in the 21st century.
Years 8 & 9
Music is a compulsory subject
Music is an Option Choice (insight and preparation for GCSE Music)
Years 11 -12
Music is an Option Choice for GCSE pupils with option to study:
GCSE Performing Arts ( Level 2 Vocational GCSE)
GCSE Music ( Level 2 Applied GCSE)
Extra Curricular Provision
Pupils are encouraged to view the enrichment and extra-curricular activities of the Department as a platform where their skills, learned in class, can be extended and widened in a more relaxed and informal atmosphere. They are encouraged to see that a lot of fun and pleasure can be gained for themselves from participating with others while at the same time, giving great pleasure to an audience.
Movilla High School Music Department, at present offers the following to pupils:
|Choir||Mr I Bell & Ms L hill|
|Musical Society||Mr I Bell|
|Keyboard Club||Ms L Hill|
All pupils are encouraged to take an interest in joining the choir. Choir rehearsals take place in Music Room 1 from 8.45 in the morning, at Break times and (nearer performance times) after school from 3.15 – 4.00 pm
The choir often take part in the school’s annual Achievement Evening, the Musical Society productions and the Carol Services. Additionally a number of invitation performances at Christmas are undertaken, as are visits to disadvantaged and retirement groups and clubs.
- The Musical Society (formed in 1992) aims to train pupils in all aspects of staging a Musical production.
- They receive tuition in vocal technique, drama, dance, stage management, back stage work, make-up application, lighting techniques and construction of scenery and back drops.
- Co-operation of other members of staff is paramount in the continuing success of the Society.
- Outside technical support is also valuable experience for pupils.
- The Society aim to produce a fully staged musical every 2 years, with minor productions/concerts during the year.
- Our 2015 production was our first pantomime presentation “CINDERELLA”
Drum & Guitar Lessons
- Lessons are provided during school on request by professional staff.
- Pupils learn a variety of drum and rhythm techniques.
- Pupils are entered for Graded exams by the ‘Rock School’ Exam Board.
Ulster Scots Society Lessons
- This is a recent addition to our facilities and has been successfully introduced with the support of the Ulster Scots Society
- Pupils have the option of receiving tuition on Lambeg Drum, Fife or Tin Whistle.
- All tuition is delivered by a qualified tutor