In Music, students have the opportunity to work on a variety of instruments and study a range of musical styles from different periods of history and cultures. All students learn to play the keyboard and to read staff notation, developing these skills so they will be able to play independent parts in each hand. Students also have the opportunity to play the ukulele, Brazilian samba drums, African djembe drums and Japanese taiko drums.
Students learn to work together, solving problems and learn to rehearse a performance independently. They have the chance to work at solo as well as ensemble performance and composition work, and regularly take part in class singing sessions.
All students will also have the opportunity to compose using Music Technology, working with both Mixcraft and Sibelius software. This includes creating samples, editing, and the use of Midi.
There are a number of extra-curricular activities that take place throughout the week to complement the curriculum. These include Choirs, Wind Band, Flute Group, Keyboard and Theory club and Soul Band. There is also a Samba or Taiko group which meet for part of the year. The Music department organise several concerts during the year, including a Christmas and Easter concert which showcase all the extra-curricular ensembles as well as giving soloists the chance to perform.
GCSE Music (Year 10 and Year 11)
Students follow the AQA specification and develop the practical and aural skills attained in Key Stage 3.
The course focuses on five Areas of Study: Rhythm and Metre; Texture and Melody; Structure and Form; Timbre and Dynamics; Harmony and Tonality.
Students will also learn about three different strands: Western Classical Tradition, World Music and Popular Music.
The assessment consists of four units:
Unit 1 - Listening and Appraising. 1 hour written exam. Externally assessed. (20%)
Unit 2 - Composing and Appraising. Coursework with a written controlled assessment. (20%)
Unit 3 - Performing. Solo (20%) and group (20%) performance. (40%)
Unit 4 - Composing. Students have 25 hours of controlled time to create their own piece of music. (20%)
All students are expected to partake in individual instrumental or vocal practice at home and become involved in extra-curricular ensembles will be beneficial to their progress.