Department Information

Year 7:

In Year 7 students study Music for one period 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 soloist and as a member of an ensemble. Students also develop their composing skills and produce pieces for specific purposes and occasions. When performing and composing, students use a range of classroom instruments and begin to learn to read and write music notation.

Year 8:

In Year 8 students 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. Students learn about such areas as The Blues, Samba Tradition, Reggae and Ensemble skills. When performing and composing, students use a range of classroom instruments such as keyboards and percussion. However, all students are encouraged to receive weekly peripatetic instrumental lessons and these skills are then developed within the classroom as part of their curricular lessons.

Year 9:

In Year 9 students study Music for two periods per week. The work covered is divided into four units which begin to prepare students for GCSE Music, should choose to study it. These units include instrumental/vocal performance, music theory, composition and music history. When performing, students focus on producing either a solo or an ensemble performance and this is assessed using the GCSE examination criteria. In addition, students look at two case study pieces from 1960s popular music and Western Classical Tradition. The students do this through performance and critical analysis and ensemble performance.

Year 10 GCSE (Two Year Course):

In Year 10 the students are studying the new AQA GCSE Music specification. The students receive three classroom based lessons a week and weekly instrumental lessons, on an instrument of their choice. Throughout the course the students prepare a solo and ensemble performance, as well as completing two compositions using the Sibelius Software Package. Students will also learn about specific genres of music, ranging from Baroque to RnB and Hip Hop. The new aspect of the course requires students to study a number of set works, all of which are determined by the exam board.

Year 11 GCSE (One Year Course):

In Year 11 students study the AQA GCSE Music specification, across five periods per week. Students 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 and an ensemble performance on their chosen instrument. Students also develop their composing skills using the Sibelius software package. They are required to produce two compositions following given briefs. Students learn to read and write staff notation throughout the course and they also learn about three specific Areas of Study:- The Western Classical Tradition, Popular music from 1950 to present, Traditional Music, including Blues and World music and 20th Century music. Students also student two case studies in detail – Haydn Clock Symphony and The Beatles Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band Album. This leads to a one and a half hour listening examination at the end of the course.

Departmental Staff

Miss Susannah Davis – Teacher of Music / Assistant Headteacher – [email protected]

Support Your Child – Useful links and advice

Encourage your child to practice their instrument/singing for 20 minutes each.


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