The faculty of music aims to inspire future musicians through a facilitative and enabling programme of learning, designed to support the holistic, academic and everyday development of the student within music.
Rationale and aims:
- Music is at the heart of the school, and all students are encouraged at every opportunity to participate, celebrate, and unite through music on a regular basis.
- The learning programme is designed to stimulate and extend musicianship by offering a varied range of curricular, extracurricular and peripatetic learning experiences.
- All students are taught with consistently high expectations, combining real world contexts, practical experience and theoretical knowledge.
Focus for year 7 students:
Year 7 experience the essential skills needed to access music in KS3 through practical exploration of musical instruments and styles. The students learn how to read traditional music notation through a range of aural, instrumental and written tasks, and learn how to use graphic scoring to enable all learners to establish links between sound and shape. Musical language is learnt and used in every lesson, to secure a working knowledge, and confidence in musical communication.
Music is designed to be as exciting, enriching and accessible as possible in year 7, to open up music to all students, regardless of experience.
Focus for year 8 students:
Students continue to practically explore, create and perform music, with an emphasis on music from different culture, the blues/jazz and music for dance. The work in year 8 challenges students to compose and perform regularly, both as a class and in small groups, whilst acquiring a large skills base on a number of instruments. Lessons are design to inspire students, using real life stimulus, and current learning experiences. Instrumental technique on keyboard, guitar and the drum kit is strengthened as is the use of musical language, and evaluative skills to improve and refine work.
Focus for year 9 students:
The students in year 9 are taken through a musical journey that provides both a current, relevant and exciting musical experience, whilst amply preparing students for the GCSE music route in year 10. Music for film is studied in detail and students create their own music for a trailer, learning and implementing musical techniques to affect an intended audience. Students also study and perform music from Baroque and Medieval composers, using musical notation to play up to four parts at a time for assessed performances. Students are given independent learning projects, to further progress their skills at the end of year 9, with the emphasis being on building, rehearsing and performing as a band.
Focus for year 10:
Students start on the GCSE music course. This course has three focus areas, composing, performing and listening. The students in year 10 are taken through a range of musical styles and listen, analyse, compose and perform in each learnt style. The students couple these experiences with regular notation and listening paper preparation. Students complete their solo performance and composition in this year; regular practice must be maintained on students own instrument to enable them to progress in performance preparation.
Focus for year 11:
As students’ progress into year 11, the course focus is on performing and composing for an ensemble, writing music from a set stimulus, and revising and developing listening skills. Students keep a log of their work, and regularly record and write music. The students will sit a written exam in the GCSE exam period, and complete course work and a controlled assessment. Year 11 prepares the student to continue into the many areas of music that is possible post year 11, by enabling them to confidently write, perform and learn music in a variety of styles.