Music Department Information
In year 7 (KS3) students will study music for two lessons a week. They will complete a range of projects including Find Your Voice, Keyboard Skills and Battle of the Bands. During these projects students will explore the elements of music, develop basic instrumental and ensemble techniques, and compose pieces of music for specific purposes. A range of instruments will be used throughout the year including piano, drum kit, guitar and ukulele.
In year 8 (KS3) students will study Music for three lessons a week. Through a combination of listening, performing, composing and appraising they will continue to develop their musical knowledge and skills. Students will complete projects including Samba Drumming, Film Music, The Blues and Reggae Music. Compositions will be completed using a range of classroom instruments and software such as GarageBand and MuseScore.
In year 9 (KS4) students will study Music for three lessons a week. The work that is covered will prepare students for GCSE Music, should they choose to study it. Projects covered will include Band Skills, Songwriting, Hip Hop and Minimalism. These projects will include instrumental and vocal performances as part of an ensemble, music theory, composition tasks and listening activities. Composition lessons will take place in the Music I.T suite to give students further opportunity to use the GarageBand and MuseScore software packages in preparation for KS4 music.
In addition to their music lessons all students are encouraged to attend extra-curricular activities to enhance their musical experience outside of the classroom and develop their instrumental skills further.
Year 10 & 11 (KS4)
In Key Stage Four all students study the Pearson BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music. The course is very practical and covers a range of topics to show students what career options are available if they wish to continue with Music in the future.
The course comprises of the following units:
- Unit 1 – The Music Industry (25% of total marks)
Students will research different organisations and job roles within the music industry. These range from recording companies to music journalists and bloggers. This unit is assessed by a 1 hour external examination.
- Unit 2 – Managing a Music Product (25% of total marks)
In this unit students will work in groups to plan, develop and create their own music CD. This will be done for a target audience of their choice and each person in the group will be given a specific role based on their strengths.
- Unit 4 – Introducing Music Composition (25% of total marks)
In this unit students will develop a portfolio of creative ideas that they have composed. They will develop and extend some of these to create full compositions.
- Unit 5 – Introducing Music Performance (25% of total marks)
In this unit students will specialise on an instrument of their choice. They will take part in rehearsals and will develop their performance skills throughout the unit.
Miss Lucy Smail – Teacher of Music
Tuesdays 2.30-3.30pm: Instrumental Skills
Wednesdays 2.30-3.30pm: Vocal Group
Thursdays 2.30-3.30pm: GarageBand Club
Practise rooms can be booked out for rehearsals from 2.30-3.30pm, Tuesdays to Fridays with permission from Miss Smail.