The EDRON Academy

The EDRON Academy Music Department

music1The secondary music department is made up of two full time teachers, Mrs. Lois Child (Head of Music) and Miss Sinead Corrigan.

The main aim of the department is to develop the students as musicians in three main areas – performing, composing and appraising music. These three areas provide the basis of all teaching and learning in the subject, as the staff try to pass on their passion for the subject to the students.

Students must bring all of the stationary that is required in other subjects. In addition, all students are also expected to bring a pair of headphones to class when the teacher has indicated that they will be required.

The music department uses the school email account regularly to contact students about work. It is vital that any students in the IGCSE and IB classes are checking their account and also contacting their teacher with questions that they might have. Parents are also encouraged to contact the teacher with any questions or comments by using the school email.

The music department is heavily involved in extra curriular activities. At present the department organizes the Secondary Christmas Concert, a Band Night and the Musical Production alongside the Drama and Art departments. There are a number of groups that students can get involved in including the Performance Choir and the Acapella group.

Year 7 - 9

Students are taught in their class groups for a double period once a week. Year 7 students learn about the key elements of Music through rhythm, notation, pentatonic scales, Carnival of the Animals and Pop Music. In Year 8, students gain an understanding of Music in the 20th Century with the topics of Blues, Minimalism, Impressionism, Serialism and Jazz. The Year 9 students are given a tour of World Music from Africa, South America, Japan and India. At the end of Year 9, students complete a cross-curricular project with Drama and Music where they create a film with a soundtrack.

SEP grades are based on the average performing, composing, and listening and homework scores during the SEP cycle.

Year 10 Core

Students are taught in their class groups.
The class rotates with P.E., IT and PHSE every SEP cycle.
SEP grades are based on the average performing, composing, and listening and homework scores during the SEP cycle.

Year 10 IGCSE

Students can choose to take music as one of their options at IGCSE. It is expected anyone taking the subject plays as instrument/sings to a good standard and has a real passion for the subject. The IGCSE is a two-year course with the final grade taken from performing skills (30%), composing skills (30%) and listening skills (40%). SEP grades are calculated using the same weighting on each discipline, and using work being done in lessons.

Year 11 IGCSE

Students continue with the IGCSE music course. The performances and compositions that are submitted to the exam board to be graded will be carried out during this year.

Year 12 and 13 IB

Music can be chosen as one of the group 6 subjects, and can be done at either Higher Level or Standard Level. It is expected that anyone who takes music for IB will have at least a C at IGCSE. Anyone who wants to choose music and has not done IGCSE will have to demonstrate good musical ability and have a sound knowledge of basic music theory before starting the course.

At Higher Level the course is broken down into the following areas – Performing (25%), Composing (25%), Listening Exam (30%) and the Musical Links Investigation (20%). Compositions and performances will be done throughout the two years of study.

At Standard Level the students can choose to either focus on Solo Performing, Groups Performing or Composition. Whichever discipline they choose will worth 50% of the final grade. The Listening Exam (30%) and the Musical Links Investigation (20%) will make up the rest.

If you require any further information then please contact the Head of Department: