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The music department has a wide range of resources for students to use, both during their lessons and as part of extra curricular activities. This includes: rehearsal rooms, a recording studio, a full computer suite with Apple Mac computers and a variety of musical instruments, both acoustic and electronic. The music department also offers a wide-range of extra curricular activities including: junior choir, senior choir, swing band, Woodwind ensemble, Samba group, Urban Gathering, Vocal groups and band rehearsal nights. The music department also makes a full contribution to cross curricular projects such as the annual Academy production and the summer Cabaret.
If students wish, they may opt to have instrumental lesson on an instrument of their choice. These are competitively priced and taught by qualified, experienced tutors. Students can choose from a range of instruments including brass, woodwind and string instruments, piano, keyboard, guitar, drums and singing.
Recently, we held a music Album Review House Competition for Year 7 and 8 where the students were encouraged to write a creative review of their favourite album with the chance to represent their House. The overall winners with the most reviews submitted was Logan and the best reviews from each house were selected and the winners recorded their favourite song in our professional recording studio. The winners invited their friends along to help them perform their piece and each group recorded a professional track which they can then take home with them. Students learned how to use the computer programmes in the studio and how to set up the equipment needed for a successful recording, knowledge that will help them in Year 10 and 11 where they can study BTEC Music Performance or BTEC Music Technology.
“It was a lot of fun being able to record songs with our friends” – Nicole, Year 7 Student
“Getting the chance to use the recording studio was really good fun!” – Emily, Year 7 Student
Key Stage 3
At key stage three, students will
develop each of the interrelated skills of performing, composing and appraising in all activities;
extend these skills through applying skills and musical knowledge and understanding;
make connections between all areas of knowledge and musical experiences.
In particular, pupils should acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of:
how music is constructed, e.g. the use of musical elements and devices;
how music is produced, e.e. the use of instruments, ICT, musical processes and procedures, including relevant symbols and notations;
how music is influenced by time and place, e.g. the effect of the occasion, purpose or venue
All students will have the opportunity to: develop their singing skills, learn to play a musical instrument through their music lessons, and use music technology to record and create music. Lessons have a practical focus with supporting theoretical study.
Key Stage 4
At key stage four, students can opt to study for a BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Music or GCSE Music.
BTEC LEVEL 2 AWARD
This qualification equates to one GCSE at grades A*- C. The BTEC course is a practical, work-related course which offers a wide range of learning experiences. The course provides a thorough insight into the music industry as well as a plethora of practical opportunities to apply knowledge and understanding of music.
Students will develop knowledge and understanding in the following areas:
- introduction to performance
- introduction to composition
- working in the music industry
Throughout the course students have a number of opportunities to perform for a variety of audiences.
This qualification is divided into three sections:
- Listening and Appraising (40%)
- Performing Music (30%)
- Composing Music (30%)
The course will provide students with a well-rounded understanding of the subject, as they will analyse music from four areas of study. These are: Western Classical Music; 20th Century Music; Popular Music in Context; and World Music. Assessment is through a mixture of coursework and examination.
Key Stage 5
- Music performance techniques
- Live music workshop
- Contemporary songwriting techniques
- Music theory and harmony
- Arranging music
- Music project
- Music investigation