School Alerts

Music

Subject Leader: Miss J. Abdy

The music department has an inclusive and supportive ethos which aims to provide stimulating musical experiences in 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 taking part in musical activities. 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

Music Staff

  • Subject Leader – Miss J Abdy
  • Teacher of Music – Miss L Deane
  • Guitar Club Leader – Mr W Harvey

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 room containing a range of musical instruments for students to use in GCSE lessons and individual instrumental lessons.

Music Curriculum Map 2019-20

 

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 the Eduqas Music course 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 Eduqas’ Website.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The department offers a wide range of activities for students to attend outside of lesson time.

Monday Keyboard Club lunchtime Rm 130
Tuesday Vocal Soloists lunchtime

Choir 3-4pm

Rm 130

Rm 130

Wednesday Brass Group 3-4pm

Guitars 3-4pm

Rm 130

Music

Thursday Ukulele Club 3-4pm (week 1 only) Rm 130
Friday Ukulele Club lunchtime (week 2 only) Rm 130