Learning & Achieving Together

Music

Our aim is to be a centre of excellence for music, promoting and supporting creativity, innovation and high standards of achievement. The facilities and courses available at the school provide each student with learning and teaching opportunities which are built around their own individual needs and aspirations. Through the music technology facilities, recording studio, and numerous performance venues, we aim to provide opportunities for students and other stakeholders to enjoy and appreciate music not only in classroom scenarios but in workshops, high standard instrumental tuition and performances by visiting professionals.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • Samba
  • Keyboard skills
  • The Orchestra
  • Egyptian Music
  • Programme Music
  • Ukulele

Year 8

  • Ground Bass
  • African Drumming
  • Popular Music
  • Electronic Music
  • Soundscapes
  • Minimalism

Key Stage 4

This course leads to a GCSE in music. The main focus is to develop students' aural skills through the study of 8 set works from throughout music history, as well as developing high quality performance and composition skills.

Year 9

Students will complete a range of practical projects to prepare them for the study of the set works.

  • The elements of music
  • Step up to GCSE
  • Popular song
  • Ground bass and variations
  • The baroque concerto
  • Form and structure
  • Musicals
  • Film music
  • Fusions

During the summer term, students begin to study the first two set works of the GCSE course, Queen: Killer Queen and H, Purcell: Music for a While

Year 10

  • J.S.Bach: 3rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D Major
  • L.V.Beethoven:1st movement from Piano Sonata No.3 'Pathtique' in C Minor
  • S.Schwartz: Defying Gravity from Wicked
  • J.Williams: Main Theme and Rebel Blockade Runner from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Year 11

  • Afro Celt Soundsystem: Release
  • Esperanza Spalding: Samba em Preludio

Assessment and Examinations

The three year GCSE course is assessed through:

  • Coursework: Component 1:  Performing: one solo and one ensemble performance (30% internally assessed)
  • Coursework: Component 2: Composition: two compositions, one free choice and one to a brief (30% internally assessed)
  • Written examination: Component 3: Appraising: 1hour 45 minutes (40% externally assessed)

Key Stage 4 - Music Technology

This course leads to a VCERT Technical Award in music technology. The main focus is to develop students' skills using a variety of digital audio workstations, learning how to record, mix and create their own music.

Year 9

Students will complete a range of practical projects using a digital audio workstation and a variety of microphone types during the first term of year 9 to prepare them to complete Unit 1: Using a Digital Audio Workstation.

Assessment and Examinations

The three year NCFE course is assessed through:

  • Coursework: Four internally assessed units:

Unit 1: Using a Digital Audio Workstation
Unit 2: Creating music
Unit 3: Studio recording
Unit 4: Sound creation

  • External assessment: A 2 hour written paper and a 2 hour practical paper.

Key Stage 5

For details of our Key Stage 5 curriculum, please see our Sixth Form prospectus.

Click here to download 6th Form Prospectus

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Extra curricular opportunities are extensive and include:

  • Vocal Group
  • Keyboard club
  • Samba club
  • theatre visits
  • trips to concerts
  • specialist workshops
  • specialist instrumental lessons with professional musicians
  • instrumental ensembles
  • performing in concerts
  • performing in the school production
  • music industry work placements