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Members of the Department Mr S McNeill (Head of Department) Ms E Mullen Peripatetic Staff:

C. Dalzell (Singing) R. Thompson (Singing/Musical Theatre) D. Burns (Singing/Musical Theatre) S. White (Violin)

C. Burns (Violin)

L. Brooks (Violin/Piano) G. McChesney (Woodwind/Piano)

F. McIlroy (Piano) G. Sandford (Brass) P. McGrandles (Tin Whistle/Trad. Flute) C. Kennedy (Guitar) W. Brown (Guitar)



Music plays an integral part in the school life of St Dominic's. Pupils are given the opportunity to perform as much as possible, at Morning Assembly, Masses, Prize Days as well as various concerts and dramatic productions which are held throughout the year. All pupils are encouraged to join one of the many extra-curricular musical activities which take place after school each week.

Weekly lessons are available on a wide range of musical instruments. Pupils are prepared and entered for ABRSM examinations which take place throughout the school year.


Key Stage 3

It is compulsory for all Year 8 - 10 pupils to study music. After Year 10, pupils can opt for GCSE Music and later 'AS' and 'A2' Music. Many of our pupils continue their musical studies at University or at Music colleges.


Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

This specification gives students opportunities to:

  • develop their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of a range of different kinds of music

  • take part in music-making and communicate through music

  • develop their creativity

  • make informed judgements about musical quality

  • develop a lifelong interest in music

  • learn about music-related careers

We follow the CCEA syllabus in GCSE and GCE.


Key Stage 5 (GCE)

The revised GCE Music qualification is made up of two parts: AS and A2. The AS can be taken as a ‘stand-alone’ qualification without progression to A2. However, to gain a full GCE, students must complete both parts of the course.


Career Opportunities

Music graduates work in a wide range of professions inside and outside music. If you choose to follow a music career, be mindful that no two career paths are the same. Approach career planning creatively and be prepared to develop a portfolio of roles. You may want to combine teaching with freelance performance work, as well as doing contract/session work on particular projects. It is common for graduates to take several years to establish themselves in creative industries.


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