Music Key Stage 3

All pupils in Years 8 to 10 at Ballyclare High School have discretely timetabled Music lessons.

Years 8 and 9 have forty minutes per week, while Year 10 pupils are timetabled for 1 hour per week. Pupils are provided with the opportunity to build upon existing skills from Key Stage 2 and embrace new music skills in Key Stage 3. The emphasis is on practical skills in music-making. Music classes are delivered in specialised music rooms and pupils have the opportunity to become familiar with different instruments and musical styles at Ballyclare High School while learning how to use a range of music software packages.


The aims of the Music Department in Ballyclare High School  are in line with the Northern Ireland Curriculum aims for KS3.


The fundamental aim of the music curriculum is to develop pupils’ musical ability. All pupils are potentially musical and should be provided with learning experiences which develop their knowledge , understanding and skills in making and responding to music through active engagement in the core musical activities of composing , performing and listening.


The music curriculum aims to empower pupils to achieve their potential and to make informed and responsible choices and decisions throughout their lives. It is about helping all pupils prepare for life and work.


1  As individuals by:

2  As contributors to society by:

3  As contributors to the economy and the environment by: