Music

Music plays a major role in all our lives. This is not to say that we are all composers, performers or professional exponents of the art in any established form. Few would deny however, that they are affected and touched by music in some way. Music has become so much a part of everyday life that, in many cases, it has been taken for granted.

The experience many children have with music is often a passive one. One of the main aims of music education therefore, is to deepen and 'foster pupil's sensitivity to, and their understanding and enjoyment of music, through an active involvement in listening, composing and performing.' It is hoped that, in this way, students might grow to appreciate more an art form that has the potential to allow us into a world of experience through which we might understand a little more about ourselves and the environment in which we live.

Our specialist Music suite, with 5 studios and ICT equipment to allow students to explore music technology, is an excellent environment for learning.

Key Stage 3

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed in such a way as to prepare those students who may want to opt to take the subject at GCSE. Topics explored in the curriculum include instrumental skills (inspired by Musical Futures), composition for film music, classical forms, song writing, world music, arranging and much more.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students study the OCR GCSE Music course. A summary brochure can be downloaded from the right, to see what is studied and how a student is assessed.

Enrichment

Extra curricular music lessons and ensembles are available, both at lunchtime and after school. Instrumental lessons are available in brass, woodwind, strings and guitar, drums and voice. We currently run a Brass Band, Choir and ‘Jam Band’ in lunchtimes throughout the week. All students are welcome.

Curriculum Overview

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Voiceworks (Singing)SambaLive Lounge (Arranging)
Cornet SkillsSongwriting 1Film Music
Ukulele EnsembleIntroduction to Music TechnologyBank Skills 3
Bank Skills 1Classical FormsThe Blues
Instruments of the OrchestraHistory of PopSongwriting 2
Day and Night (Elements)Bank Skills 2Minimalism


Faculty Staff

Mr P DaltonTeaching and Learning co-ordinator for Music
Mr J Squires-Evans
Brass peripatetic tutor
Mr G Heyes
Guitar peripatetic tutor
Mr M Fitton
Drums and percussion peripatetic tutor

DOCUMENTS

Music Summary Brochure

Dec 15
Well done to our Year 7 musicians and our choir who entertained all who attended the annual Senior Citizen's Party… https://t.co/oMiPKTOHC3
Dec 06
Congratulations to James Morris of Y9 whose band Tongue of Fire have reached the final of the prestigious national… https://t.co/fKi1iKDjhn
Dec 05
Our Brass Band rehearsing for the Carol Service. Mark Holt, our new bandleader, is getting fantastic results from o… https://t.co/kexMW0rieY
Dec 02
A reminder that you can view your child's concert performance video (and monitor their GCSE Music progress) by sign… https://t.co/dWaSe2Ercd
Dec 02
A big thank you to parents who were able to attend the GCSE Music concert on Thursday. Your support plays a big par… https://t.co/VZmF7tLwNW