Music

MusicThe Music Department is a vibrant and busy area of the school and lessons offer students a chance to be creative and learn in a more practical environment. Classes are taught in mixed ability groups and the lessons cover a wide range of different musical styles across the key stages. All Key Stage 3 students study Music and then have the option to pursue the subject at Key Stage 4. Music lessons are taught in our Music classroom which is equipped with a class set of Keyboards, Ukuleles, African drums and various other instruments for students to develop their skills on. We also have 2 practice rooms for group work and a computer suite running Sibelius for our Key Stage 4 composers.

Teaching Staff
Mrs S Thomas Teacher
KS3 Curriculum

KS3 students cover 6 topics each year. Each topic runs for around 6-7 weeks and is aimed at providing the foundations for GCSE. Students develop their performing and ensemble skills, learn how to compose and develop their use of musical terminology through listening and appraising music. Some of the topics include Ukulele and Singing, Music of South America, Waltz, African Drumming, Britpop, Folk Music of the British Isles and Musical Theatre.

KS4 Qualifications

GCSE students are following the Edexcel specifications for both the outgoing A*-G exam series and the new 1-9 series.

New 1-9 course (Year 10)

The course is split into 3 main components:

  • Listening and appraising (40%)
  • Composing (30%)
  • Performing (30%)

For the listening and appraising section of the course students must analyse 8 set works in detail and will learn how to compare these pieces to unfamiliar works of similar styles. These analytical skills will be tested through short listening tasks and an extended response question in a 1hr 45min exam at the end of year 11.

The composing section of the course requires students to write 2 pieces of music in different styles; one of their own choosing and one following a brief set by Edexcel at the start of year 11.

Performances will combine solo and ensemble skills to show the full ability of the student. Performance skills are developed throughout the year and require students to commit to practise outside of school time.

Outgoing A*-G (Year 11)

The course is split into 3 main components:

  • Listening and appraising (40%)
  • Composing (30%)
  • Performing (30%)

For the listening and appraising section of the course students must analyse 12 set works in detail, learning about the purpose, context and stylistic features of each piece. Students will be tested on their knowledge of these pieces in a 1hr 30min exam at the end of year 11 consisting of short listening tasks and an extended response question.

The composing section of the course requires students to write 2 pieces of music in different styles. Each piece must link to and use key features from one of the set works.

Performances will combine solo and ensemble skills to show the full ability of the student. Performance skills are developed throughout the year and require students to commit to practise outside of school time.

KS5 Qualifications

Music is not currently offered at KS5.

SMSC / Enrichment

The Music department has a range of lunchtime clubs on offer to students. There is a year 7 choir for new students who want to gain confidence singing in a small group before they move up to the Senior Choir. There is also a Ukulele and Guitar group for students of all ages and a Woodwind Ensemble for students having lessons. GCSE revision sessions and coursework sessions are run after school throughout the week. The Music Department also has visiting Peripatetic teachers from County Music Service and a private Piano tutor- these lessons are offered during school time.In addition to these activities we hold concerts throughout the year to showcase the school’s talents as well as performing in local Christmas events and Summer Fetes. Please see Mrs Thomas for more information.

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