Music

The Department aims to develop students’ critical skills; their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of music, and to make judgements about musical quality. This is achieved through a variety of practical music-making activities. The study of music also increases self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.

Learning outcomes

At Key Stage 3 the following topics are studied:

  • Year 7: The Blues, Ukuleles, Baroque Music and African Rhythms.
  • Year 8: Find Your Voice, Vocalising a Pop Song, Hip-Hop Music Britpop and Samba.
  • Year 9: Reggae, Music for Film, Informal Music Making and Songwriting.

At Key Stage 4 the following topics are studied in line with the Edexcel GCSE Syllabus:

  • Performance Music
  • Composing Music
  • Instrumental Music 1700 - 1820
  • Vocal Music
  • Music for Stage and Screen
  • Fusions

Teaching methods

Students learn music through singing and playing a variety of instruments (keyboards/piano, ukulele, pitched and un-pitched percussion, guitar and bass guitar). Students also use the department's Apple Mac suite to compose and refine their work using Sibelius and Logic Pro X, a professional standard sequencing and recording program. Students regularly have access to the school's recording studio, which is equipped with an iMac running LogicPro, Mackie Control with 16 channels as well as an array of professional standard microphones and effects.

Additional activities

The school boasts a well-attended Choir and Jazz Band who regularly play concerts both in school and out of school at events such as the National Festival of Music for Youth. Both groups embark on an annual tour, with recent destinations including Barcelona and Lake Garda in Italy.

Extra-curricular clubs include "Rock-School" and "Recording Club", where students can use the school's facilities to make and record music. Ivory Music, one of the school's outside providers, also run a training band on Tuesday lunchtimes.

The school has an excellent team of peripatetic music teachers who provide first-class tuition on a wide range of instruments.

 

Course Maps

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The headteacher provides outstanding leadership. (Ofsted 2015)