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, 8 and then changes for Year 9 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, wind band, rock band, theory club and keyboard club.
Music is taught in mixed ability groups, facilitating learning at a pace that is both comfortable and attainable to the individual. All KS3 pupils will gain a range of skills and knowledge through the listening and 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 two main teaching rooms, a fully integrated MAC suite, three individual practice/tuition rooms and a recording studio. We use a wide range of instruments during mainstream lessons, including approximately 40 keyboards and a variety of percussion instruments. Year 9 pupils are given the opportunity to experience bass and electric guitars in the very popular ‘Rock Band’ and ‘Skyfall’ independent learning projects.
Pupils can also take up individual instrumental / singing lessons through our peripatetic music staff. Lessons are delivered in either 15 or 30 minute slots and are timetabled on a rotation basis to avoid disruption to mainstream academic lessons. We currently offer piano/keyboard, drums, singing, woodwind, brass, strings and guitar.