In Key Stage 3 Music lessons, pupils will access the curriculum through the skills of Performing, Composing, Listening & Evaluating. Pupils perform and compose as a pair using keyboards and take part in larger ensemble practical work using percussion instruments, voices and guitars. We listen extensively and respond to music relating to each topic studied.
The topics followed in Year 7,8 & 9 include:
Year 7: Musical Elements, Keyboard Skills, Samba Music, Gallery - 'Pictures at an Exhibition', Chinese Music and Vocal Skills.
Year 8: Musical Ensembles, Guitars, Keyboard Skills, Music of the Caribbean, Indian Bhangra, Blues and 20th Century Music.
Year 9: Popular Music, Composing a Pop Song, Music for Film, African Heritage, Free Choice Project, Ensemble Performance and Guitar Skills.
The skills developed throughout Key Stage 3 Music lessons prepare students for taking music at GCSE level and beyond. In Years 10 and 11 we follow the Edexcel GCSE Music course which comprises of Performing (30%), Composing (30%) and Listening (40%) and both AS and A2 Edexcel Music and Music Technology courses for our post-16 students.
We offer individual instrumental tuition on the following instruments: Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Piano, Keyboard, Drums and Percussion, Guitar/Bass Guitar and Voice. Lessons are 20 or 30 minutes and work on a rotation basis so students do not miss the same curriculum lesson each week. Please contact Mrs Jane Brown or Mrs Mary Musson at the school if you require more information or would like your child to learn an instrument.
In addition to our curriculum pathways we offer an extensive extra-curricular programme of activities within the department at lunchtimes and after school. We hold regular performances both in school and in the community throughout the year.