Music Department



  • Mr B Greene (HOD and Coordinator of Whole School music)

  • Miss G Morgan

  • Mr R Sharkey

  • Mr C McErlane


Peripatetic Staff

Mrs B Walton         (Upper Strings)

Mr G Hughes          (Lower Strings)

Mrs C Shanks          (Woodwind)

Miss K Bleakley     (Brass)

Mr A Gallagher       (Percussion)

Mr G Donnelly        (Piano)

Mr J Ledley         (Guitar)

Ms P McAlinden (Voice)



At KS3, Pupils have two 35-minute music periods every week. There are three dedicated music rooms, equipped with keyboards and a range of percussion instruments. Music class is made up of listening, composing and performing activities. Pupils are encouraged to express, through the music they compose and perform, their ideas and feelings about themselves and the world around them. Pupils experience a wide variety of music and we encourage them to listen to unfamiliar music with open and enquiring minds.



We currently offer the CCEA GCSE Music course. The course is broken down into:


♪      Performing and appraising-  One solo and one ensemble performance. This is worth 35%.

♪      Composition – One free choice composition is completed in year 11 and one composition in response to a given stimulus is completed in year 12. This is worth 30%

♪      Listening and appraising – Pupils study 4 areas of study. This is worth 35%. The four areas of study are;

  • Western Classical Music

  • Film Music

  • Musical traditions in Ireland

  • Popular Music 1980-present.



Pupils currently study CCEA AS and A2 music. Pupils have an opportunity to develop listening, performance and composition skills to a higher level. Pupils will develop a more in-depth appreciation of musical styles and periods through studying their set works. 



Music Society

St Ronan’s College Music Society is a student led extra-curricular group which provides opportunities to make music together, both in school and in the community. Two Year 14 pupils lead a team of representatives from each year group on our Music society. 


Extracurricular Activities

At St. Ronan’s College there is a wide variety of extracurricular activities. Pupils are encouraged to participate in any of the following:


♪      Senior Choir

♪      Junior Choir

♪      String Ensemble

♪      Traditional Group

♪      Jazz Band

♪      Theory (grades 1-5, grades 6-8)


Any pupil receiving instrumental lessons either at school or privately are encouraged to attend theory classes.


The Music Department plays an important role in both school and in the local community with a number of performances and recitals throughout the year. Pupils are encouraged to participate in and perform at;


  • The Christmas Carol Service

  • Prize Nights

  • Open Night

  •  The Spring Concert

  • The Passion Service

  • The Bi-annual School Show

  • Masses and assemblies

  • Festivals and competitions

  • Peace Proms

  • Cross community choirs


The Music Department organises an annual music trip in December to see touring musical productions. Pupils involved in extra-curricular music are rewarded in June with a trip to Tayto Park. 


St Ronan’s College
Francis Street, 
BT66 6DL

Telephone: 028 38 323 192




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