Music

About the department

Name

Role

Mr S. Lee

Head of Department of MUSIC – specialist in contemporary music and music technology

Mrs S. Spurr

MUSIC Teacher – specialist in classical/traditional music and choir leader

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

In Year 7 students follow a skills-based curriculum, studying Singing, Percussion, Keyboard, Guitar, Ensemble and Music Technology on rotation in 3-week blocks.

Year 8 and 9 students follow a topic-based curriculum in half-termly blocks.

Terms

Topics/themes covered

1

Singing, African Drumming, Woodwind

2

Woodwind, Keyboard, Guitar

3

Ensemble, Music Technology, Keyboard/Guitar

Terms

Topic/themes covered

1

Reggae, Minimalist Music

2

Blues & Gospel, Club Dance Music

3

Descriptive & Film Music, Salsa & Latin Music

Terms

Topic/themes covered

1

Writing a Pop Song, Bhangra & Middle Eastern Music

2

Music for Video Games, Rock n Roll

3

Advert Music, Keyboard Performance

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Students in KS4 follow the OCR GCSE curriculum.This specification is weighted 60% course work, 40% exam.Students complete two compositions and prepare two performances for coursework.Students also sit a 90-minute listening exam at the end of Year 11.

Terms

Topic/themes covered

1

Rhythms of the World, Composition 1 (brief), Ensemble Performance (preparation)

2

Conventions of Pop, Composition 1 (brief), Ensemble Performance (preparation)

3

Film Music, Ensemble Performance (recording)

Terms

Topic/themes covered

1

The Concerto through Time, Composition 2 (free), Solo Performance (preparation)

2

Composition 2 (free), Solo Performance (recording)

3

Revision/Exam Preparation

Post 16 Curriculum

We offer a flexible BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Music/Music Technology in Sixth Form.The BTEC qualification allows a great deal of variety in terms of units of work studied; the course can be accurately tailored to match the interests and needs of each student.We maintain an achievement rate of 100% Distinction* – Pass (90%+ Distinction* - Merit).

Students complete a 60-Credit course in Year 12 (1 A Level equivalent) and then ‘top up’ this qualification in Year 13 to a 120-credit, 2 A Level equivalent qualification.

Units of Work (Music) – 60 Credit

Units of Work (Music Tech) – 60 Credit

Music Project Pop Music in Practice Performance Techniques Solo/Ensemble Performance Composing Music Theory & Harmony

Music Product The Sound & Music Industry Production Techniques Audio Engineering Principles Sequencing Skills Listening Skills

Units of Work (Music) – 120 Credit

Units of Work (Music Tech) – 120 Credit

World Music Using Notation Software The Sound & Music Industry Music & Society Events Management Aural Perception

Events Management Music & Sound for Moving Image Live Sound Techniques Functional Keyboard Skills Acoustics Special Subject Investigation

Offering

Info

Staffing

Choir

The Choir is open to all and runs one lunch-time and one after-school session each week

Mrs S. Spurr

Ensembles

Various groups run throughout the week; wind ensemble, rock bands, soul band, steel pans

Mrs S. Spurr and Mr S. Lee

Peripatetic

Tuition is offered in: • Piano • Guitar (Classical, Electric & Bass) • Drum Kit • Singing • Flute • Clarinet • Saxophone • Lessons are chargeable and must be paid for in advance of each half-term lesson timetable. For details on pricing, please contact Mr Lee or the schools finance office

Various peripatetic specialist music teachers

The Music department maintains a YouTube channel where we upload revision guides, instructional videos and videos of school performances.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ_ZsaaUudVDHOgsaw6uWFg