Music

Aims

In the music department, we aim to develop our students in three key areas. These are performance, composition, and theory/analysis. Through these areas, we aim to produce young musicians that are able to progress either to our GCSE Music course or to continue independently in their own time when students leave us in Year 9.

Alongside this, we also run a variety of extra-curricular ensembles for our students, including two big bands, a concert band, and two Choirs. We are constantly looking for new musicians to form ensembles to take part, future ensembles could include a steel pan group, a string ensemble or even a junk percussion orchestra in the style of Stomp!

Introduction

Music has been a fundamental part of society for centuries, and as such we endeavor to offer a broad curriculum that enables all students to access the learning and to make progress throughout their time with us.

What students will study:

In Year 7

Our Year 7 students focus on the basics of music theory whilst always using performance as a tool for understanding. Currently this includes units on Rhythm, Melody, and Harmony followed by Putting it Together, these are the building blocks of our subject and it is through these areas that our students view the musical world.

In Year 8 and 9

Having conquered the basics, students in Year 8 and 9 look to utilizing those skills in a variety of different ways. Examples include Steel Pan drumming from Trinidad and Tobago, garage band performance, songwriting, African drumming, Samba and carnival music from Brazil; along with more traditional forms such as Ground Bass (Pachelbel’s Canon) and Ternary form. Students’ progress on a technical level through regular interaction with instruments and musical notation, whilst intellectually they benefit from the study of different cultures and concepts. It is these skills that are vital to GCSE study in music.