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 for you to see what is studied and how a student is assessed here:
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.
|Voiceworks (Singing)||Samba||Live Lounge (Arranging)|
|Cornet Skills||Songwriting 1||Film Music|
|Ukulele Ensemble||Introduction to Music Technology||Band Skills 3|
|Band Skills 1||Classical Forms||The Blues|
|Instruments of the Orchestra||History of Pop||Songwriting 2|
|Day and Night (Elements)||Band Skills 2||Minimalism|
|Mr P Dalton||Teaching 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|