Music

“Music can change the world because it can change people.” – Bono

KS3 Curriculum:  

At Key Stage 3 students will develop their knowledge, skill and understanding of performance, listening and composition.

Each student in Year 7 learns a musical instrument from scratch in their first term at the school, from a list of clarinet, cello, flute, trumpet, viola, violin. In the second term, students can continue receiving lessons at a subsidised cost, whilst lessons in the third term are non-subsidised. Students also learn basic keyboard skills, learn how to read musical notation as well as experimenting with and creating musical composition. Listening vocabulary is developed systematically over the year.

The department adopts a practical approach towards learning and all students in the classroom develop their skills through ‘hands-on’, practical activities. Year 8 topics include ‘Early Popular music’, ‘Guitar playing’, ‘Variation’s and ‘Song writing’.

Year 9 topics include performance and composition topics on: ‘Music and Film’, ‘Popular music from 1950 onwards’, ‘Music and Film’ and ‘African drumming’.

KS4 Curriculum:

Two courses of study are available for students

  • GCSE Music (AQA 8271)

1: Listening and Contextual understanding (40%)
2: Musical Performance (30%)
3: Composition (30%)

Component 1 is assessed by an exam paper consisting of listening exercises and written questions using excepts of music, with Section A consisting of unfamiliar music and Section B questions on the set work study pieces.

Component 2 enables students to perform (sing of play) to the best of their ability, with an assessed solo and ensemble piece.

Component 3 allows students to develop their musical creativity and produce two compositions (one to a given brief) and one free composition.

  • BTEC Music (Pearson)

Students learn through a range of core and optional units of:

The Music Industry and Managing a Music Product

Introducing Live Sound Internal, Introducing Music Composition, Introducing Music Performance, Introducing Music Recording, Introducing Music Sequencing.

KS5 Curriculum:

  • A level Music (AQA 7272)

1: Listening. Analysis and Contextual understanding (40%)
2: Musical Performance (35%)
3: Composition (25%)

Component 1 is assessed by an exam paper consisting of listening questions, analysis questions and an essay on the set work study pieces.

Component 2 enables students to perform (sing of play) to the best of their ability, with assessed solo and ensemble pieces, with a minimum performance time of ten minutes.

Component 3 allows students to develop their musical creativity and produce two compositions (one to a given brief) and one free composition.

Additional information:  

The school has a wide range of experienced peripatetic teachers who provide tuition in brass, clarinet, drum kit, flute, guitar (acoustic, bass, electric), singing, violin, viola and ‘cello. We are still finding that in this digital, technological age, increasing numbers of students want to learn, and physically play a musical instrument. Significant numbers of students are being successfully entered for external practical or theory exams with ABRSM, Rockschool and Trinity exam boards.

One of the highlights of the school year is the annual school production, which in 2017 is Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Previous recent productions have included: ‘Joseph’, ‘Grease’, ‘Wizard of Oz’, ‘Bugsy Malone’, ‘Oliver’ and ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘Annie’, and ‘The Sound of Music’. Regular formal and informal concerts are held over the year, ranging from soloists evenings, BTEC evenings, as well as termly ‘tutti’ music concerts. Significant numbers of extra-curricular opportunities are available for students to access and participate in, with popular ensembles being the School Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Crescendo Choir, Crescendo Orchestra, Upper School Choir, Pizzicato Strings, Flute Group, Brass Group and Uke group. Students have performed at other venues including The Sage, Gateshead and Whitley Bay Playhouse.

Staffing:          

Mr I Teoh – Curriculum Leader of Music
Ms A Hodgson
Mr A Mair – School Council / Student Voice Co-ordinator
Mrs P Flannagan – Teaching Assistant