"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." Victor Hugo
Music is a vibrant department with many opportunities for students to become actively involved in music-making.
The Music department consists of one large teaching room, four practice rooms, an office and storage areas. In addition to this we use the School Hall with piano and pipe organ. The classroom is equipped with keyboards and computers. Students have the opportunity to use Sibelius and Garage band software to support their musical studies.
Students in Years 7 and 9 follow a course that meets the requirements of the National Curriculum, involving singing, performing using musical instruments, composing and listening. Students learn about a range of musical styles and gain an understanding of musical theory which gives them a good grounding should they wish to take Music at GCSE level.
Our enrichment opportunities include:
- School Choir
- Glee club
- Voice in a Million Choir
- School Orchestra
- Guitar Ensemble
Students are able to take part in a wide range of performance opportunities including:
- End of term concerts (Christmas, Spring and Summer)
- Assemblies, special services and community performances
Our peripatetic team offer instrumental and vocal provision on most orchestral instruments (strings and woodwind), piano, keyboard, voice, electric guitar, bass guitar and acoustic guitar. Students are regularly entered for music exams with the national music examination boards. Lessons are organised on a rotational basis so that students learning musical instruments experience minimal disruption to their other timetabled lessons.
The Year 7 curriculum develops students’ musical skills and enables them to enjoy making music in a fun and controlled environment. Every student will experience practical and theoretical work through the study of a variety of musical styles. All units of work cover a range of listening, performing and composing tasks.
The Year 9 curriculum equips students with knowledge and skills to aid study at GCSE level, with students experiencing both practical and theoretical work. Each unit of work focuses on different musical styles and concepts. Within each of these, students will expand their musical vocabulary and apply musical knowledge and understanding to their practical work. Each unit covers a broad range of listening, performing and composing tasks.
Years 10 and 11
Students choose to take Music at GCSE in Years 10 and 11. We follow the Edexcel specification. The four components of the course are: Performing, Listening, Composing and Appraising. The elements of music are studied in depth and skills are developed in composition, performance and listening; a large proportion of this is practical work. Coursework is completed under controlled conditions and consists of two compositions and a performance portfolio. There is one listening examination based on set works studied throughout the two year course. The GCSE course provides a solid foundation for further study at A Level Music.
A Level Music – Edexcel
The A Level course in Music aims to:
- encourage students to extend their skills, knowledge and understanding to communicate through music and take part in music making;
- encourage students to engage in, and extend their appreciation of the diverse and dynamic heritage of music, promoting spiritual and cultural development;
- encourage students to develop particular strengths and interests, encouraging lifelong learning and providing access to music-related careers;
- provide a worthwhile, satisfying and complete course of study which broadens experience, develops imagination, fosters creativity and promotes personal and social development.
The A Level course is of two years' duration and is assessed in the following areas:
- Developing Musical Understanding