Aims of the Music Department

 

To develop the musicianship of all students

(this is the foundation of Music curriculum)

 

To define and refine the individual talents of the pupils

 

To develop and nurture self-discipline – needed for excellence

 

To encourage empathy – required of all music making

 

To inspire openness and curiosity - essential to creativity

 

To maintain the vitality of Music amongst pupils by encouraging and supporting all

 

Key Stage 3 Music

 

Music is studied by all students in Key Stage 3. Years 8 and 9 receive 2 lessons per fortnight, while Year 10 students receive 1 lesson.

 

Pupils explore the rudiments of Music through the detailed study of genre, style and repertoire. All Key Stage 3 students have the opportunity to Perform, Compose and Analyse Music in every lesson, this holistic approach to learning ensures a nurturing environment where pupils feel comfortable yet challenged.

 

 

Year 8

The Year 8 Check-In Evening

 

Night & Day – The Elements of Music

 

Pulse & Rhythm

 

Instruments of the Orchestra

Year 9

Blues and Jazz

 

Film Soundtracks & Incidental Music

 

Reggae & Syncopation

 

African Music & Drumming

Year 10

Rock ‘n’ Roll

 

Musicals & Music Theatre

 

The Music Industry

 

Music Technology

 

GCSE Music

 

Pupils can opt to study GCSE in years 11 and 12. We currently follow the CCEA specification for GCSE Music.

 

Our Key Stage 3 provision is an excellent foundation from which to take Music further. There are 3 main components to GCSE Music, they are:


Performing (35%)

     Composing (30%)

     Listening (35%)

 

Each of the three components are explored and developed over the 2 years of study, allowing pupils to enhance their original Musical knowledge and develop their practicality.

If you would like more information about GCSE Music please follow the link below:

 

A Level Music

 

Pupils can choose to study Music to Advanced Level on successful completion of GCSE Music.

 

The Revised specification for A Level Music with CCEA is an extension and exploration of the 3 Areas of Study at GCSE.

 

Performing (32.5%)

 

Composing (32.5%)

 

Listening (35%) 

 

Students are expected to have at least Grade 5 standard of Musical performance to undertake A Level Music.

 

Peripatetic Music Tuition

 

Pupils can choose to begin lessons on a wide variety of instruments  - whether they are a complete beginner of have had lessons at primary school.

 

Our current specialist Music tutors are:

 

Miss Catherine Hamilton- Voice, Harp, Piano and Strings

Mr Jonny Dempster (Musicrooms) - Guitar and Drum Kit

Mr Craig Sloan (Musicrooms) - Woodwind and Brass

 

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