Mr I Kellett Guitar and Bass Guitar teacher
Mr J Brown Trumpet and lower brass
Mr H Williams Drum kit and percussion
Ms S Bloor Piano & Strings
Year 7 Scheme of work
Year 8 Scheme of work
Year 9 Scheme of work
Year 10 Scheme of work
Year 11 Scheme of work
Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Music forms part of an individual’s identity and positive interaction with music can develop pupils’ competence as learners and increase their self-esteem. Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, music helps pupils understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.
Music learning develops pupils’ critical skills: their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of music, and to make judgements about musical quality. It also increases self-discipline, creativity and fulfilment.
The Music department is responsible for the teaching of Music from Key Stage 3 through to Key Stage 5. We offer 2 hours a fortnight of Music at Key Stage 3, which increases to 6 hours at Key Stage 4. KS5 students receive 12 hours each fortnight.
Homework is set once a week and students are expected to regularly visit the school and their local library. The homework from January 2015 will now be set online. At KS4, students should spend a minimum of one hour researching and revising for their listening exam and 2 hours a week practising their instrument for their GCSE performance coursework.
Provision is made for students to
further the work done in class by participating in activities beyond the
Approximately 50 students take lessons in school with our visiting music teachers in guitar and bass guitar, violin, drum kit, Brass and piano.
Students are encouraged to take part and play in School Choir, Pegasus Choir, Brass Ensemble, Samba band, Piano Club Percussion ensemble and Rock School.
These ensembles perform regularly internally and externally throughout the school year representing the school.
KS3 curriculum description
Programme Music / Instruments of the orchestra
World Music - Gamalan
Pitch and Keyboard skills
World Music – Reggae
Theme and Variations
World Music – Latin America
KS4 Curriculum Description
We follow the AQA GCSE course until the end of Year 11.
The Main topics include:
Unit 1: Listening to and Appraising Music
Unit 2: Composing and Appraising Music
Unit 3: Performing Music (Solo and Group work)
Unit 4: Composing Music
We have recently launched Music at KS5 offering BTEC level 3 extended diploma in Composition. This is equivalent to 1 A-Level and due to the variety of units available we can tailor it to each particular cohort. Examples of topics being taught are: Composition, Aural perception, Contemporary song writing techniques, Writing for film and Arranging.
For 2015/16 we are looking at offering Music technology.