The music department has 2 teaching rooms, both equipped with Mac computers, keyboards and guitars, 2 practice/instrumental and vocal teaching rooms, and a recording studio. Pupils in Key Stage 3 are taught by Mr Bowman-Jones or Mrs Brown in one hour weekly lessons.
The schemes of work in Key Stage 3 prepare pupils for studying the subject further at Key Stage 4, although we hope every pupil will go on to develop their own personal lifelong interest in music. Keyboard performance is an important skill throughout key stage 3, and keyboard skills feature regularly in Y7 and Y8.
We listen to a range of music from different cultures, and times, and by developing musical vocabulary pupils can express an opinion about, and describe the music they listen to. Composition tasks give pupils the opportunity to be creative, enabling them to explore how music is structured and developed.
Extracurricular activities include choral and instrumental groups. We encourage pupils to use the facilities in the department so they can practise and share ensemble experiences. Pupils are given the opportunity to have lessons in woodwind, brass, strings, drum kit, guitar, and voice. Pupils are given the opportunity to perform in our annual Carol service, Christmas concert, and Spring concert. Our Community choir is engaged in outreach, singing with the elderly in local care homes, and community organisations for people and cares living with dementia.
Aims of the Department:
- To give pupils an enjoyable musical experience, encouraging them to identify their individual musical strengths and achieve their potential in curricular and extra-curricular activities.
- To inspire pupils to so they can go on to develop their own personal lifelong interest in music.
- To develop the three main musical skills – performing, listening/appraising and composing.
Topics / Areas of Study
Key Stage 3
- Elements of Music
- Trebel Clef Notation
- Instruments of the Orchestra
- Instrumental Skills and Music Technology
- Harmony and Ensemble Performance
- Elements of Music and Bass clef Notation
- Chords and Riffs
- Popular Music (Blues and Jazz)
- Film Music and Soundtracks
- Music Technology
- Popular Music (Reggae/Dance)
- Music for the Stage and Screen
- Music and the Media
- African Drumming
- Computer and Video Game Music
Key Stage 4 – Years 10 and 11 – GCSE or BTEC Music
In GCSE music, pupils follow the Edexcel GCSE music specification. This develops their performance, composition, and listening appraising skills. Coursework is 60% of the overall mark; the other 40% is awarded in the listening/appraising written exam in which a thorough knowledge of set works and wider listening is essential.
Pupils who follow the BTEC qualification follow the Edexcel BTEC Level 2 specification. Pupils sit one examination, which is worth 25% of the course and complete 3 further units which are completed in class, assessed in school and moderated by the exam board. Units studied focus on Managing a Music Product, Music Performance and Music Sequencing.