Music

Music Curriculum Intent

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 across KS3, KS4 and KS5.

Music Theory

  • Listen and read a wide range of repertoire, fluently and with good understanding of musical devices
  • Listen to a range of Baroque, classical and romantic, and use key knowledge gained from theory to compare and contrast pieces of music to improve their own compositional skills 
  • Use cross curricular English writing skills to effectively examine and explain pieces of music

Performance 

Students will be able to put their theory knowledge to practice during performance lessons and focus on producing clear and effective communicative skills to allow for excellent performances. 

Facilities

Every classroom has a range of musical instruments form string, brass, Percussion and woodwind. Each room is fitted with an interactive white board, networked computer and projector 

The department has access to computer rooms and makes regular use of Ipads throughout lessons.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Students are offered extra curricular clubs, including:

  • Band skills 
  • Song Writing 
  • Orchestra 

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

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KS3 Music

Years 7, 8 and 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 ukulele.

Year 7

Exploring the elements Music, Instruments of the Orchestra, Notation and composing.

Year 8

Theory, Work Music, Music For A Special Occasion.

Year 9

Appraising, Film Music, Western Classical Music

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

Students are offered extra curricular clubs, including:

  • Band skills 
  • Song Writing 
  • Orchestra 

KS4 Music 9-1

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’.)

Link to course specification

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
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