Music

To provide a wide ranging, thought provoking and enjoyable music education for every student.  To enable students to listen to, perform and compose music from a variety of cultures, countries, traditions and historical eras.


School Trips

A number of school visits are arranged throughout the course of the year.  Details of trips which have taken place this year or are planned in the future can be viewed in the School Visits, Enrichment area of the website.
Facilities

  • Two classrooms fully equipped with keyboards
  • Recording Studio
  • Practice rooms equipped with piano/drum kits/guitars
  • Larger performance room
  • Full set of African Djembe drums
  • Small iMac suite

Useful Links

KS3 Music

Years 7, 8, 9

Through listening, performing and composing students learn about different musical styles and genres.  They focus on the musical features as well as the historical and cultural context of the music they study.
Classwork and assessment focuses on the use of keyboards/piano, voice, percussion and guitar.

Year 7

Elements of Music, African Drumming 1, Vocalise, Minimalism and The Life and Music of Beethoven.

Year 8

Weird Happenings and Film Music, Minuet Melody and Classical Music, African Drumming 2, Calypso, Jazz, Blues and Improvisation.

Year 9

Britpop and British Rock Music from the Sixties, Reggae, Musicals, Music for Special Occasions and Eminem.

What skills students develop

Listening, performing, composing, group work, independent learning, literacy, numeracy, analytical, spiritual, moral, social and cultural.

How students are assessed

  • Through solo and group/paired performances and compositions
  • Listening tests, tasks and assignments
  • Observation of practise in lesson time
  • Performances for school events and concerts

Homework

Listening and research activities
Practising performances for assessment

How parents can help

  • Listening to music with students
  • Attending school concerts

Extra-curricular Activities

  • Lower School Singers
  • Orchestra
  • Studio Club
  • Guitar Club
  • Instrumental lessons: Guitar, Piano, Drums and Woodwind

KS4 Music (Students who commenced their course before September 2016)

GCSE Graded A*-G

Year 11

Board and Exam Details

Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Music Advanced Subsidiary

Students study performance techniques, working and professional development in the music industry and composing through computer systems and music technology.

What skills students develop

  • Listening, performing, composing, group work, independent learning, literacy, numeracy, analytical, spiritual, moral, social, cultural, research, studio and recording techniques.

How students are assessed

  • Presentations, written assignments and essays, research projects, performances and concerts, compositions, practise diaries, recordings and films of rehearsals
  • There is no formal exam at the end of the course

Homework

Preparation for assessments, assignment work, instrumental practice, studio composition time.

How parents can help

  • Encouraging students to practise their instruments
  • Helping students keep track of course deadlines
  • Attending events and concerts

Extra-curricular Activities

  • Upper School Singers
  • Orchestra
  • Keyboard Club
  • Guitar Club
  • Instrumental lessons: Guitar, Piano, Drums, Strings, Brass and Woodwind

Year 10

Board and Exam Details

Edexcel GCSE Music

There are 3 units covered at GCSE:

  • Unit 1 – Performing (solo and ensemble)
  • Unit 2 – Composing (using computer systems and music technology)
  • Unit 3 – Listening and appraising (studying 12 set works taken from four Areas of Study; Western classical music 1600 – 1899, Music in the 20th Century, Popular music in context and World music).

What skills students develop

  • Listening, performing, composing, group work, independent learning, literacy, numeracy, analytical, spiritual, moral, social, cultural, research.

How students are assessed

  • Unit 1 – performances are recorded in school and moderated by external examiners (30%)
  • Unit 2 – composition under controlled conditions (30%)
  • Unit 3 – listening and written examination – 1 ½ hours (40%)

Homework

Preparation for assessments, assignment work, instrumental practice, studio composition time.

How parents can help

  • Encouraging students to practise their instruments
  • Helping students keep track of course deadlines
  • Attending events and concerts

Extra-curricular Activities

  • Upper School Singers
  • Orchestra
  • Keyboard Club
  • Guitar Club
  • Instrumental lessons: Guitar, Piano, Drums, Strings, Brass and Woodwind

KS4 Music (Students who commencing their course after September 2016)

GCSE Graded 9-1

Board and Exam Details:      

OCR GCSE music

There are 3 units covered at GCSE:

  • Unit 1: Performing (solo and ensemble)
  • Unit 2: Composing (using computer systems and music technology
  • Unit 3: Listening and appraising (studying different genres of music; ‘Conventions of Pop’, ‘Film Music’, ‘Rhythms of the World’ and ‘The Concerto Through Time’.)

What skills students develop

  • Listening, performing, composing, group work, independent learning, literacy, numeracy, analytical, spiritual, moral, social, cultural and research.

How students are assessed

  • Unit 1: Performances are recorded in school and moderated by external examiners (30%)
  • Unit 2: Composition under controlled conditions (30%)
  • Unit 3: Listening and a written examination of 1½ hours (40%)      

Homework

Preparation for assessments, assignment work, instrumental practice and studio composition time.

How parents can help

  • Encouraging students to practise their instruments
  • Helping students keep track of course deadlines
  • Attending events and concerts

Extra-curricular Activities

  • Upper School Singers
  • Orchestra
  • Keyboard Club
  • Guitar Club
  • Instrumental lessons: Guitar, Piano, Drums, Strings, Brass and Woodwind