Curriculum Leader: Miss J Abdy
The music department has an inclusive and supportive ethos which aims to provide stimulating musical experiences in lessons, individual instrumental lessons and as extra-curricular activities all taught by experienced and qualified musicians.
The department is committed to raising aspirations as well as encouraging the enjoyment of music. Emphasis is placed on practical activities across a range of musicals styles and genres, whilst developing skills on specific instruments and the voice.
“The true purpose of arts education is not necessarily to create more professional dancers or artists. It’s to create more complete human beings who are critical thinkers, who have curious minds, who can lead productive lives.” – Kelly Pollock
- Curriculum Leader – Miss J Abdy
- Teacher of Music and Ukulele Group Leader – Mr M Robins
- Choir Leader – Mrs S Parton
- Rock Club Leader – Mr W Harvey
- Instrumental Teacher of Drums – Mr I West
- Instrumental Teacher of Guitar – Mr C Wragg
- Instrumental Teacher of Brass – Mr A Gurnall
- Instrumental Teacher of Woodwind – Mr C Willis
Resources and Facilities
The department has one large multi-purpose specialist classroom equipped with keyboards and Apple Mac computers complete with music software and 5 specialist practise rooms containing a range of musical instruments for students to use in GCSE lessons and individual instrumental lessons.
Key Stage 3
In Year 7 students initially explore the elements of music through singing, African drumming and keyboards, whilst building on their knowledge of the elements of music and key musical terms. These are developed further throughout the year through the study of a variety of different styles and genres of music including Chinese, Classical and Popular music.
Throughout Year 8 students continue to develop performance skills using a variety of instruments including keyboards and Samba Drums as well as using music software on the Apple Mac computers to develop their compositional skills. This is combined with developing analytical listening skills through a project based approach covering a wide range of styles and genres including Film Music, Britpop, Samba, African Drumming, Reggae and Swing Music.
Key Stage 4
At KS4 students study AQA GCSE Music which combines Performing (30%), Composing (30%) and Listening and Appraising (40%). Students are encouraged to build on their individual instrumental skills by using their main instrument or voice in performing and composing tasks.
More information about the course is available on AQA’s Website.
Year 7 and 8
- Homework is set comprising of a range of research, revision and listening activities.
- Homework is set focussing on developing music theory skills and understanding of written music.
Year 10 and 11
- Homework is set focussing on revision, keywords and example exam questions.
The department offers a wide range of activities for students to attend outside of lesson time.
Keyboards and Choir
Keyboards and Choir
Keyboards and solo vocalists
Choir and Rock Club