Miss L Duncan BMus (Hons), P.G.C.E – Acting Teacher in charge of Music.
Mr S Linton BMus (Hons), P.G.C.E, ALCM, Cert Mus T (ICMA)
Music is an important part of school life at Omagh High School. We aim to engage and inspire all pupils to develop their musical ability and love of the subject through practical, engaging activities both in and out of the classroom.
Key Stage 3
Music at KS3 gives pupils the opportunity to explore a variety of musical skills in a safe, supportive and enjoyable environment. Each pupil is given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of music through listening, composing and performing activities. Pupils will explore a number of topics at KS3 including; ‘Instruments of the Orchestra’, ‘Film Music’, and ‘Popular Music’. Pupils have access to a great range of musical resources including a class set of keyboards, Djembe drums, classroom percussion and an electronic drum kit.
Pupils have the opportunity to study music to GCSE level at Omagh High School. Following the CCEA specification, pupils who study GCSE music will explore contrasting music from a range of topics including ‘Western Classical Music’, ‘Film Music’, ‘Irish Music’, and ‘Popular Music’. Pupils will also complete two musical compositions and will have the opportunity to do so in our recording studio fitted with a number of iMac computers. The final element of the course is performance, where pupils will develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in their chosen instrument. GCSE music is not just for those who wish to explore a career in music. Music increases pupil self-confidence as well as enhancing their presentation, communication and evaluation skills.
At Omagh High School we have a biannual school production, with our most recent production being ‘Hairspray’ in October 2019. We were fortunate to be able to perform this amazing sold out show in the Strule Arts Centre. This was a fabulous opportunity for all involved and to be able to perform on a professional stage was an amazing experience. Other past productions have included; ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Bugsy Malone’ to name but a few.
Pupils have access to a number of music related extra-curricular activities at Omagh High School. Our school choir meets once a week and regularly performs at school assemblies, carol services and other events. We also have an African drumming group and a guitar club who meet weekly. Pupils interested in learning a musical instrument also have access to private instrumental tuition.
Careers linked to Music
- Music Producer
- Sound Engineer
- Music Journalism