Music Subject Statement:
Music is an extremely popular subject with students throughout the Key Stages, and most of all at Key Stage 4 where there are presently many students studying the subject at BTEC and GCSE Level. Several students undertake instrumental tuition through the Music Department and the Musical Evenings, Carol Concerts and joint productions with the other Arts subjects are extremely popular, successful and of the highest standard.
The Music Department has two main teaching rooms and five small practice rooms. The department is staffed by two full time music teachers and is equipped with the latest, state-of-the-art music technology equipment to aid delivery of a 21st Century Music curriculum.
A suite of seventeen Apple iMac computers running 'Logic Pro X’ professional music production software exists in Room PA11, whilst Room PA12 is furnished with a suite of tuned and untuned classroom percussion instruments and new Yamaha electronic keyboards. All resources are used by all year groups during the academic year.
The Music Department offers a broad, balanced and technology-based curriculum at Key Stage 3, the NQF BTEC First Award in Music and GCSE Music at Key Stage 4 and ‘A’ Level Music Technology and the BTEC Extended Certificate in Music at Key Stage 5.
There are several extra-curricular activities at lunchtimes, including Music Technology Club, Vocal Groups and instrumental tuition is available in several disciplines including Voice, Woodwind, Brass, Guitar, Drum Kit, Strings and Piano / Keyboard during the school day. Students may sit external examinations in these disciplines if they wish.
The Music Department aims to develop musical skills, knowledge and understanding through participation in the three principal activities of Performing, Composing and Listening.
More specifically to:
1. Maintain and / or stimulate students’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment of music.
2. Encourage students’ participation in musical activity at a level appropriate to their ability.
3. Allow students equal access to the music curriculum and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.
4. Encourage students to work independently and co-operatively (as a part of a group) in a variety of activities using traditional instruments and emerging music technologies.
5. Enable students to develop instrumental skills on a keyboard, and a range of percussion instruments.
6. Provide the opportunity for students to receive tuition on a band or orchestral instrument subject to the availability of such instruments.
7. Enable students to perform individually and as a member of a group.
8. Stimulate students’ musical imagination and creativity using traditional instruments and music technology.
9. Develop students’ ability to create and express musical ideas.
10. Encourage students to evaluate and refine their initial ideas.
11. Develop students’ composing skills as an individual and as part of a group.
12. Enable students to respond emotionally and intelligently to a variety of music.
13. Develop students’ familiarity with (and confidence in the use of) a body of musical knowledge and vocabulary.
14. Develop students’ appreciation of human achievement in music and understanding of some aspects of music history.