Music is seen as a very inclusive subject within the school, providing many opportunities for pupils across the curriculum. Music is a compulsory element in years 7 and 8, and can then be taken as an option at GCSE level. We encourage pupils, regardless of ability, to take part in the wide range of musical opportunities the school has to offer, including choirs, school instrumental ensemble, rock band, music theory forums and keyboard club.
Music is taught in mixed ability groups, facilitating learning at a pace that is both comfortable and attainable to the individual. Over KS3 pupils will gain a range of skills and knowledge through the listening, appraising, composing and performing of a variety of musical styles and genres. Students are initially assessed in the school and ability is taken in to account when lessons are planned. For instance, those pupils who are more able will be encouraged to work independently, perhaps doing some individual instrumental practice or engaging in theory work.
The Music department is very well equipped and incorporates one main teaching room, a fully integrated MAC suite, three individual practice/tuition rooms and a recording studio. We use a variety of instruments during mainstream lessons; this include approximately 20 keyboards, full range of percussion and the regular use of the Mac suite to compose, arrange and perform.
Pupils can also take up individual instrumental / singing lessons through our peripatetic music staff. Lessons are delivered in either 15, 20 or 30 minute slots and are timetabled on a rotational basis to avoid disruption to mainstream academic lessons. We currently offer piano/keyboard, drums, singing, woodwind, brass, strings and guitar.
At GCSE level, the course covers a broad, in depth range of music genres. Pupils are expected to perform regularly, compose their own music and be able appraise music using technical language. This is a very creative but challenging course, designed to be as practical as possible whilst encompassing in depth musical theory.
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