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Music

The Music Department has gone through significant change over the last 3 years since the appointment of the new Head of Music, Mrs Lockett. Students take part in a range of practical activities including keyboards, African drumming, Samba drumming and singing. Lessons are varied, fun and active resulting in engaged and confident learners. Music notation software, Sibelius 7, runs in a Music ICT room allowing GCSE students to create high quality compositions.

What you study at Key Stage 3:

Three skills are developed throughout Year 7 and Year 8:

  1. Performing
  2. Composing
  3. Listening

Students develop their skills in these three areas over the two years using keyboards, classroom percussion, African and Samba drums.

Each lesson focusses on develop a combination of these skills with the lesson beginning with a short starter activity using whiteboards. The lesson then progresses focussing on the main area to develop which could be creating a piece of horror music in year 8 or writing your own Christmas rap in year 7. The lesson ends with either a reflection on what has been learnt or with performances. Students are encouraged to assess each other’s performances sharing positive feedback as well as judging success.

What you study at Key Stage 4:

The Music Department follows the Edexcel exam board.

Students learn to use the computer program Sibelius 7 to create compositions.

The year is split into three sections:

  1. Performance coursework  30%    2 performances recorded on any instrument
  2. Composition coursework 30%      2 pieces written based on the areas of study
  3. Listening written exam 40%         4 different areas of study with set works

Year 9

Throughout Year 9 students develop their performance skill on a chosen instrument or voice preparing for solo performance assessment at the end of the year. The year is split into three sections:

  • Terms 1 & 2 -  Performance skill. A variety of class and small ensemble performances are developed and performed in lessons and in concerns.
  • Terms 3 & 4 - Introduction to Classical Music. The 1st set work by Handel is studied and analysed with a composition created as assessment based on a classical melody.
  • Terms 5 & 6 - Blues, Rock and Popular Music. Learning about the set works in Area of Study 3, pieces by Jeff Buckley, Miles Davis and Moby are studies as well as an overview of the development of popular music from the Blues to the present day. In small groups, students write a song which is performed and recorded as part of the final end of year assessments. A written listening paper based on the pieces studied forms the final exam of the year.

Year 10

Throughout Year 10 students continue to develop their performance skill on a chosen instrument or voice preparing for solo and group performance assessments during the year. The year is split into the following sections:

  • Term 1 – Performance skill. Solo performance assessment after summer holiday project. Recap of year 9 set works studied. 
  • Term 2 – Composition skill. Learning about minimalist music from Area of Study 2,a composition is created for assessment based on minimalist techniques. Performances are developed for the Christmas concert.
  • Terms 3 & 4 – Listening skill. Area of Study 1 is revised and learnt studying music by Handel, Mozart and Chopin.  A composition is developed based on any techniques learnt so far.
  • Terms 5 & 6 – Area of Study 4. Learning about the set works in Area of Study 4, pieces from Africa, India and Ireland are studied. Part of this unit includes learning to play African drums and creating a group Indian piece. Year 10 ends with an exam style listening paper and a group performance assessment

Year 11

Throughout Year 10 students continue to develop their performance skill on a chosen instrument or voice preparing for solo and group performance assessments during the year.  The year is split into the following sections:

  • Term 1 – Revision of 4 Areas of Study.  Listening exercises and revision games. Solo Performance project.
  • Term 2 – Composition skill. Finalising an idea already started to create a finished piece.  Performances recorded at end of project.
  • Terms 3 & 4 – Final Review. Coursework is completed and revision continues.
  • Term 5  – Revision. Preparing for the written exam usually during May. Extra revision classes are run as well as revision activities in lessons.

What you study at Key Stage 5:

Edexcel AS / A Level Music / BTEC Level 3
 
Clubs and Activities
  • Concert Band
  • Choir
  • Guitar Club
  • Keyboard Club
  • Drumming Club
  • GCSE Catch Up
  • Rock School
  • School Musical