We believe that music plays a vital role in developing social, emotional and intellectual skills for life. All pupils are involved in music-making, whether through the curriculum, singing in the Choir, through one of the many ensembles, or through events such as the keenly fought House Music Competition.
We have a well-equipped Music Room and many pupils enjoy using the computers and Recording Studio to develop their skills in Music Technology.
Every pupil in years 7-9 studies music, with the emphasis on a practical approach to creation and performance of sound. By the end of year 9 pupils are composing and recording their own work to GCSE standard in a variety of styles.
At the end of year 9 pupils can take GCSE music as an options subject, or in twilight sessions after school. Pupils may choose to continue to further study in the sixth form to take A levels in Music or Music Technology. Many of our past A level students have gone on to study Music or Music Technology and Audio Production at University level. Past students have gained choral and organ scholarships at Oxbridge. Pupils can also gain a variety of externally accredited exams in music and the dramatic arts, such as LAMDA, ABRSM and Rock School grades.
There are three main elements to the course:
1. Performing coursework 30%. Prepare and record one solo and one ensemble performance for a final assessment. Pupils will continually work on their performance during the course. Where music is taken in the options blocks there will also be opportunities to study Music Technology.
2. Composing coursework 30%. Compose two pieces from a selection of composition briefs. These could be in any style. Pupils compose five pieces throughout the course during practical lessons and select the best two for submission.
3. Listening exam 40%. An hour and a half exam at the end of Year 11. Based on four areas of s study spanning many different styles of music from classical to pop, rock, blues and world music. Pupils will study selected works from the four topic areas.
Performing and composing are coursework. As each piece of work is produced it is marked internally by music department staff. It is returned to the pupil for review and development. Pupils will submit their best examples of work to the exam board at the end of the course. The listening exam in the summer term in Year 11 is an hour and a half long and is based on the set works and topic areas studied throughout the course. This is marked externally.