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Welcome to the Oakgrove Music Department! Our aim is to enrich the experience of every Oakgrove student in music education in an inclusive and integrated setting. Oakgrove College has a tradition of fostering and developing talented young people in the arts in a developing and technological age. We pride ourselves in empowering our students to achieve their full potential and to:


  • Self-evaluate

  • Embrace changes in music and the arts

  • Develop thinking skills and personal capabilities.

  • Be creative

  • Identify and develop the cross curricular skills in music

  • Learn through communication, numeracy and ICT

  • Develop as an individual and as a contributor to the society, economy and the environment


Our staff include:


Mr Christopher Kerrigan (Head of Department)


We also have a number of visiting peripatetic tutors who are self-employed and employed by the EA Music Service:

EA Music Service Staff

Mr Alex McCubbin - Strings

Mr Paul Cutliffe - Woodwind

Mr David McGarrigle - Brass

Visiting Peripatetic Staff

Miss Ruth McPhillips - Voice

Mr David Whiteside - Percussion

Mr Louis Fields - Piano

Mr Ronan Kearney - Guitar/Bass Guitar/Ukelele

Key Stage 3

At Oakgrove Integrated College all pupils at Key Stage 3 complete a course of study in Music. The three key areas we encourage our students to develop are skills in listening and appraising, composing and appraising followed by performing and appraising. At the centre teaching and learning we encourage our students to engage in music making with an air of mutual respect for diverse local and global cultures and traditions. Each student enriches themselves in the core elements of the department by undertaking a course of study in music under the following themes.


Key Stage 4

Music is an optional subject at Key stage 4 – we currently teach CCEA GCSE for Year 11-12. The Revised Specification for GCSE Music was released for teaching in September 2017 for first examination in the Summer 2019.


Three key areas are assessed at GCSE Level – these areas are as follows:


 Component 1: Performing and Appraising – worth 35% of final GCSE

  • External examination assessed by a visiting examiner

  • Students present one solo and one ensemble performance.

  • The combined duration of the performances should be no longer than 6 minutes.

  • Students discuss and evaluate performances with the visiting examiner.

  • Discussion lasts approximately 3 minutes.



Component 2: Composing and Appraising – worth 30% of final GCSE

  • This is a Controlled Assessment task which is carried out in a controlled environment led by the class teacher.

  • Students create two compositions.

  • One is a free choice undertaken in Year 11

  • One is in response to a pre-release stimulus undertaken in Year 12.

  • Teachers mark the tasks, and CCEA moderate the results.



Component 3: Listening and Appraising – worth 35% of final GCSE

  • External written examination lasting 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Students answer questions based on familiar and unfamiliar music relating to the Areas of Study.


Areas of Study

  • Western Classical Music 1600-1900

    • Handel: For Unto Us a Child is Born from Messiah

    • Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 4, third movement

    • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, fourth movement


  • Film Music

    • Coates: March (The Dam Busters) from The Dam Busters

    • Williams: Superman Theme from Superman

    • Horner: Young Peter from The Amazing Spider-Man


  • Musical Traditions of Ireland

    • Beoga: Prelude Polkas: Prelude Polka, Paddy’s Polka No. 2 and Millstream Reel

    • Stonewall: Fife Medley: Boys of Belfast and The Girl I Left Behind


  • Popular Music from 1980-present day

    • Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

    • Ash: Burn Baby Burn

    • Florence and the Machine: Cosmic Love.


Extra-Curricular Music

Junior Choir

Senior Choir

School Band

Music Technology and production

Stars in Your Eyes

School Musical Production

Spring Concert           

Ukulele Band

Integrated Traditional Group

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