Our Music department has two teaching rooms, both of which are fully-equipped music technology suites. In addition, we have our own professionally fitted recording studio. We have one full-time music teacher, a technician and nine visiting instrumental teachers.
The Music department aims to develop students’ musical awareness and understanding with great emphasis placed on performing and composing. Students are encouraged to take part in the numerous extra-curricular ensembles that thrive in the school such as Rock bands, Choirs, Steel Pan Ensembles, a Samba Band and a Swing Band. Our Music department also forms a small orchestra to perform in our annually staged school production.
What will I study?
At Key Stage 3, students study a variety of themes covering music from different styles, periods of history and parts of the world. Themes range from the Blues, Dance Music, Film Music, Musical Notation, Samba and much, much more.
How will I study?
Most lessons involve practical music making using a variety of instruments. Computers are often used with students engaging in activities using Reason and Cubase software. They also listen to music and learn how to read simple notations and apply this to their performance and composing activities.
How will I be monitored and assessed?
Students are given a target grade at the beginning of each year. At the end of each unit students are usually assessed in one of the 3 main areas of Performing, Composing and Listening/Appraising. The work is monitored by the teacher or sometimes through peer and self assessment. There are regular opportunities for students to reflect upon their progress and the chance to review and discuss it in lessons.
What will happen in KS4?
At Key Stage 4 students can opt to take GCSE Music. In GCSE Music, students concentrate on the three core aspects of music; composing, listening and performing. They undertake different areas of study covering a range of musical styles and develop their skills on one particular instrument. Until 2014 students can also gain an NCFE certificate in Music Technology. This part of the course introduces students to recording techniques, audio sequencing, multi-track recording and other equipment, as well as job roles in the music industry.