Within the music faculty students are taught how to read music and understand key music vocabulary. They are encouraged to listen to and appreciate different styles and genres of music and be able to recognise key features. They work in groups as well as individually on compositions and performances. They learn how to perform in front of an audience so that they can build their confidence.
Key Stage 3
Students explore and learn characteristics of many genres through performance, composition and listening/appraising. They work in groups and individually using different instruments.
In Year 7 students explore different genres of music through listening/appraising tasks, group compositions and solo keyboard performances. They learn how to read and understand notation as well as develop their understanding of key musical terms.
In Year 8 students continue to explore different genres of music through listening/appraising tasks, group compositions and solo keyboard performances. They develop their skills in reading and understanding notation as well as continuing to develop their understanding of key musical terms.
This year is used as a foundation year in preparation for Key Stage 4. Students learn about different styles of music and compose music using the ICT music notation software. They develop their performing skills on the keyboard as well as on their own chosen instruments and start to build up a repertoire of performances as well as building their own confidence. They also learn more about their chosen instrument/s in terms of its History, how to maintain it, how to rehearse effectively and health and safety issues.
Key Stage 4
Currently Year 11 are studying GCSE Music. Students learn how to compose a variety of different styles of music using the ICT music software. They have individual instrumental lessons as well as performance lessons to develop their performance skills and confidence. Students also have theory lessons in which they are preparing for their exam, developing their listening skills and learning about the 8 set works chosen by the exam board.
Year 10 have just started the Rock School Level 2 in performance for music practitioners course. They research into different styles of music and were those styles were developed from. They learn about their chosen instrument/s in terms of its history, how to maintain it, how to rehearse effectively and health and safety issues. Students research into the best way of rehearsing in terms of warm ups, choosing repertoire and techniques for their chosen instrument/s. They continue to develop their performing skills on their chosen instruments so that they build up a performance repertoire in preparation for the final performance exam after Christmas in Year 11. Students have performance review lessons in which they perform to a peer and constructively evaluate someone else’s performance. By the end of Year 10 they will perform in front of a small group of peers. In Year 11 they will perform to a larger group of students and then they will perform to an external audience for their final exam. Students continually evaluate their performances/rehearsals so that improvements can be made.
The music faculty is fully equipped with one main teaching classroom and a second classroom for part-time music lessons. Both classrooms contain 16 keyboards, piano and drum kit. There are also 2 rehearsal rooms containing a piano and 2 keyboards, a studio and a live room containing electric and bass guitars.
The music department also provides external music tutors on drum kit, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard and voice. These are available for Key Stage 4 students as part of their course and any student wishing to develop their skills on a particular instrument.
Dance, Music and Drama collaborate regularly to perform a musical. This includes vocal rehearsal for actors/chorus numbers and a band. Arts evenings are also calendared to showcase work that has been produced within Dance, Music, Art and Drama lessons both within Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. Primary Music Festivals are performed at the Winding Wheel and consists of the college choir and about 200 of the feeder primary school students.