Key Stage 3

What will I Learn in Year 7 and 8

At Key Stage 3 music is taught to all pupils. This course covers a variety of aspects of music including the use of subject specific software for musical composition. Starting with the fundamentals, the focus in year 7 is on ‘singing’ with much ensemble performance work, including whole year group singing and tuition. A focus on practical skills using percussion/strings in year 8 ensures that all students will reach a deep and meaningful understanding of how different combinations of instruments can work together.  The course progresses throughout the two years looking at various styles, genres and musical traditions.

How will I be taught?

Lessons are a mix of theory and practical. Students are given time to develop their own creativity and use their imagination. The music rooms have a full computer suit to allow students to learn using the latest music production software, as well as 3 practice rooms to allow practice of instruments and singing.

What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?
  • A keen interest in Music.
  • A creative mind.
  • ICT skills

Key Stage 4

What will I Learn in Years 9, 10 and 11?

We offer OCR GCSE Music.  The course demands instrumental skills and the ability to perform both individually and as a member of an ensemble.  The course also covers composition and listening, looking at the following Areas of Study: The Concerto, Rhythms of the World, Film Music, Conventions of Pop and research into their own instrument and the music written for their instrument in My Music.  Students are also entered for external ABRSM graded practical examinations if they choose to do so.

How will I learn?

You will receive lessons on your chosen instrument.

You will be taught the skills needed to perform as a soloist or ensemble musician and produce a musical recording.

You will have regular opportunities to contribute to performances that involve all performing arts subjects.

You will create and compose your own music, through group and individual work, improvisation and planned work and instrumental and computer based using programmes such as Sibelius and Audacity.

You will listen to a range of music from different times and places and be able to answer questions about it.

What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?

You must enjoy making music; performing on an instrument; listening to a wide range of musical styles and creating your own music.

What opportunities can this course and qualification lead to?

Music is a highly regarded subject for college/university entrance and plays a significant part in all aspects of the Performing Arts, Television, Radio, Theatre, Film and Music Technology.