Overview of the subject:
Music is taught across all key stages. Students enjoy developing their skills through practical exploration of a range of musical styles from Renaissance to Reggae. Independent learning is a key feature in our delivery, with students encouraged to be creative in their approach to the tasks we introduce. We also offer instrumental and vocal tuition in addition to the class lessons for those that can’t wait until the next class lesson to learn more! Teacher and student-led ensembles run throughout the year as part of our wide-ranging and vibrant extra-curricular provision. The regular concerts allow our talented musicians plenty of opportunity to showcase their talents. We are committed to maintaining our Artsmark Gold status of which we are very proud. We work closely with Drama and Art on cross curricular themes and all our Year 9 pupils work towards Arts Award Bronze.
All students have one lesson of music a week in Years 7, 8 and 9. Students develop their instrumental and vocal skills through solo and ensemble performance. They gain a better understanding of how different styles and genres of music are constructed through creative composition work and through developing their musical literacy, listening skills and vocabulary. They will experience a broad range of music that covers a variety of styles, genres and traditions across 800 years of music making.
- Introductory composition project based on a picture.
- Song of the Ass-Medieval music topic.
- Cross-Curricular composition and performance topic with art and drama department.
- Cartoons and TV adverts.
- La Mourisque-renaissance topic.
- Class Band-developing performing skills.
- Film music.
- Blues and Jazz.
- Song writing.
- Reggae, pop music and R and B.
- Now it’s Your Turn-composition project.
- Trinity Bronze Arts Award- explore an art form of your choice.
Lots of singing, musical games, music software exploration and lots of other little projects are interspersed throughout the year.
STUDENTS FOLLOW THE AQA SPECIFICATION FOR GCSE MUSIC.
Students develop their musical knowledge through five areas of study that aim to help them make links between different styles, genres and traditions of music with their own emerging compositional style.
- Rhythm and Metre
- Harmony and Tonality
- Texture and melody
- Structure and form
- Timbre and dynamics
40% of the course is performance where students prepare a solo and ensemble performance.
40% of the course is composition where students create their own original music.
20% of the course is listening based and requires students to develop their musical literacy, vocabulary and listening skills.
To encourage students to develop their instrumental/vocal skills, we offer free additional tuition in a specialist area of their choice.
Every year GCSE students will put on a showcase event to celebrate their work to a wider audience. It is an evening not to be missed!
STUDENTS HAVE A CHOICE TO EITHER STUDY AQA A LEVEL MUSIC OR A BTEC LEVEL 3 COURSE IN MUSIC PERFORMANCE. BOTH HAVE PROVED VERY POPULAR WITH STUDENTS.
AQA A LEVEL
Students can follow a one year AS course in Year 12 or and/continue into Year 13 to complete the A2 course.
- Influences on music: Develop aural perception and analytical skills through listening work. Study one classical work in depth (Haydn Symphony 104 1st and 3rd Movements) and an area of study (20th Century Musicals)
- Creating musical ideas: Develop understanding of harmony and the other musical elements to create an arrangement of a folk song or an original composition 3-5 mins in length.
- Interpreting musical ideas: Prepare two 5-8 min performances that can be solo, vocal or ensemble based.
- Music in Context: Further develop aural perception and analytical skills through listening work. Study one classical work in depth (Shostakovich Symphony 5) and an area of study (20th Choral Music)
- Developing musical ideas: Further develop understanding of harmony and the other musical elements to create a jazz arrangement of a classical piece or an original composition 5-8 minutes in length.
- Musical performance: Prepare a 10-15 minute solo performance on either vocal or instrumental.
This can be taken as a one year Certificate level 3 course or extended to a two year Subsidiary diploma in music performance
- Music Performance Techniques
Students develop their instrumental or vocal skills throughout the year culminating in a portfolio style submission at the end of the second term. Recordings of solo and ensemble performances are required and a personal log that details the developments made over the year.
- Music in the Community
Students work in a local primary school with year 6 students devising a series of workshops to educate and develop the skills of the pupils.
- Ensemble performance
Students form a class ensemble and work throughout the year on a series of songs chosen by themselves that lead up to a final 15 min performance in the Spring Term.
Students choose from a variety of module options. They complete 3 during the year.
- Solo performance
- Pop Music in Practice
- Session Styles
- Special Music investigation
- Developing Singing Technique
- Music Project-putting on a gig.
Students in the past few years have gone onto study music further:
- Traditional BA Hons in Music
- BA in Music performance
- BA in Commercial Music
- BA in Performing Arts
- BA in World music studies
- Music performance at Conservatoire
- Music college
- Community Music BA Hons
- Sound production BSC Hons
- B.Ed with music as a specialism
Or set up their own business gained from the experience doing the BTEC!