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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, two full computer suites 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, vocal groups, ukulele club, music technology club and band rehearsal nights. The music department also makes a full contribution to cross curricular projects such as the annual Academy production and the Christmas concert. 

If students wish, they may opt to have instrumental lessons 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. 

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 listening 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.g. 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 1/2 First Award in Music. This qualification equates to one GCSE. 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:

  • the music industry
  • composition
  • performance
  • managing a music product.

Throughout the course students have a number of opportunities to perform for a variety of audiences. A music technology pathway is also available and provides opportunities to develop skills including sequencing, recording and live sound. 

Key Stage 5

At key stage five students can opt to study for a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Performance) or BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Music. Both courses have a practical foundation with supporting theoretical study. Students will study some of the following units: 
  • Music performance techniques
  • Live music workshop
  • Contemporary songwriting techniques
  • Music theory and harmony
  • Arranging music
  • Music project