In Year 7 pupils study Music for two periods per week during which they develop a variety of musical skills. They explore the basic elements of music, use instrumental and vocal skills and learn to perform as a member of an ensemble. Pupils also develop their composing skills and produce pieces for specific purposes and occasions. When performing and composing, pupils use a range of classroom instruments and begin to learn to read and write music notation.
Year 8 pupils study Music for two periods per week. They develop their knowledge of a wide variety of music through the key skills of listening, appraising, performing and composing. Pupils learn about such areas as Remixing and Arranging, Reggae and Jazz. When performing and composing, pupils use a range of classroom instruments such as keyboards and percussion. However, all pupils are encouraged to receive weekly peripatetic instrumental lessons and these skills are then developed within the classroom as part of their curricular lessons.
In Year 9 pupils study Music for two periods per week. The work covered is divided into units which begin to prepare pupils for GCSE Music, should they choose to study it. These units include pentatonic music from different cultures, music theory, composition and listening exercises. Pupils begin to learn about music theory by studying the material covered in the ABRSM Grade 1 examination. Some lessons lessons take place in an IT room to provide pupils with the opportunity to use the Sibelius software package in preparation for GCSE. All pupils are encouraged to receive weekly instrumental or vocal lessons.
Year 10 and 11 (Two year course – new specification):
In Year 10 pupils study the new AQA GCSE Music specification. Pupils are required to receive weekly instrumental or vocal tuition in preparation for the performance aspect of the examination. Throughout the course they will work towards producing a solo, ensemble or technology based performance on their chosen instrument. Pupils also develop their composing skills using the Sibelius software package. They are required to produce two compositions, one of which must be in response to a brief set by the exam board. Pupils learn to read and write staff notation throughout the course and they also look at three set works from the Western Classical Tradition, Popular Music of the 20th and 21st Century and World Music. This year the works are Haydn’s ‘Clock’ Symphony, selected tracks from The Beatles ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club’ album and Santana’s ‘Supernatural’ album. This leads to a one and a half hour listening examination at the end of the course comprising of two sections – an unheard music element as well as a choice of essays based on one of the set works.
Mr Duncan Evans – Subject Leader of Music – [email protected]
Wednesdays 2:30-3:30pm: Singing Group / Rehearsal Club
Thursdays 2.30-3.30pm: Rehearsal Club
Tuesdays 2.30- 3.30pm: Band Workshop
Weekly one-to-one or small group lessons / workshop sessions are offered free of charge in the following instruments:- Singing, Band Workshop (guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, singing)
For more information about extra-curricular activities, contact Mr Evans
Support Your Child – Useful links and advice
Encourage your child to practice their instrument/singing for 20 minutes each.