Key Stage 3
In year 7 our students follow a diverse music curriculum, which acts as an introduction to a variety of music from across the ages and different cultures. They develop a range of skills on different instruments including guitar, keyboard, drum kit, bass guitar and even their own bodies! Students explore performance, composition and appraising music, including some elements of music technology.
In year 8 the students develop the skills gained in year 7. They learn about the roots of African music and the development into the blues. Both traditional and contemporary music is covered, further developing instrumental and compositional skills in both styles. Popular music is covered as students create performances of songs from rock and roll through to current chart songs. All these musical genres are developed through performance, composition and research projects.
Key Stage 4
This course follows the BTEC First Award Level 2 Music qualification.
This vocational qualification is perfect for those who love all aspects of performing and composing music. It also benefits students as they study what it is like to work in the music industry, guiding aspirations for those who wish to work in the sector. They also develop interpersonal skills through the preparation and organisation of music events. This also enhances the progress of other life skills which will help students develop as individuals, even outside of the music discipline.
The current units include:
Unit 1 - The Music Industry: (external written exam) - Job roles, working in the music industry, case studies of industry practice.
Unit 2 - Creating a Music Product/Event: (internal assessment) - Planning, preparation and execution of an event or product for the music industry. This includes performance opportunities.
Unit 4 - Composition: (internal assessment) - Composing a portfolio of work across a range of genres for a variety of scenarios.
Unit 5 - Solo Performance: (internal assessment) - How to create a quality practice schedule culminating in a live performance as a soloist.
These areas and strands are explored through composition, performance and appraising. The course currently requires a portfolio of compositions, performances as a soloist and as a part of a group, then they sit a 1 hour examination focussing upon the economic elements of the music industry and how to forge a career within the business.
This course is a chance to explore performance skills and creativity through composition and it is recommended that students learn to play and instrument or sing to aid this. Specialist lessons are available through the school peripatetic service alongside class lessons. This includes those who use music technology as an element of their primary instrument or performance skills.
Key Stage 5
The KS5 course is personalised and tailor made to suit the student. We currently offer Btec Level 3 Music performing which is delivered as a minimum. Students who show particular aptitude will also be encouraged to complete their AS Music Technology or Pure Music and their ABRSM grade 5 music theory examinations. They are 4 hour hours taught but it is a requirement that students participate in extended study in order to reach their fullest potential.
For further information on the courses please contact Mrs Morgan Head Of Performing Arts