Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way students feel, think and act. As an integral part of culture, past and present, music helps students understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.
Music and music education can:
- Form part of an individual’s identity and positive interaction with music can develop competence as learners and increase self-esteem.
- Bring together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development.
- Help develop a sense of group identity and togetherness via active involvement in different forms of music-making, both individual and communal.
- Influence students’ development in and out of school by fostering personal development and maturity.
- Develop a student’s critical skills: their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of music, and to make judgments about musical quality.
- Increase self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.
Our Music Department is practical, young and enthusiastic – we aim to make music learning as practical an activity as possible, done ‘with’ and ‘by’ our students, not ‘to’ and ‘for’ them. With a focus is on developing effective skills and learning habits, students are given valuable experiences that will help them become independent, flexible and resilient learners.
Our Schemes of Work are designed to give students an opportunity to be actively involved in music performance, composition and the appraisal of their own and others' music. Students will learn how to communicate ideas and express themselves through music performance and be encouraged to reflect on successful practice.
Topics studied are constantly evolving in line with our student’s musical interests – this year we are looking at everything from Guitars to Prokofiev, Blues to Hungarian Folk Music, and Music Technology to Medieval Music. We have a belief that music is a collaborative activity, and our students get to work in on their own musical projects and actively contribute to the wider school community through sole and group performances. All students will get to try a wide variety of instruments and musical experiences in their music lessons e.g. strings, bass, drums, piano/keyboard, guitar, percussion and woodwind.
Specialist Instrument Lessons
The Music Department also facilitates specialist instrument teaching via private lessons during the school day and we offer an Assisted Purchase Scheme to help with buying instruments for students who are receiving private tuition in school.
Incorporated Society of Musicians Bronze Certificate
We have been awarded a Bronze Certificate by the ISM in recognition of our outstanding GCSE Music results. In 2015 over 10% of our students achieved a grade of A* - C which puts us in the top 350 schools in England for music education.
Key Stage 4 Options
Students wishing to choose GCSE Music need to be able to play an instrument or sing. It is an advantage to be having private music lessons, but it is not essential.
- GCSE Music (Edexcel)
- BTEC First Award in Music Level 2 (Edexcel)
GCSE Curriculum Overview 2019/20
BTEC Curriculum Overview 2019/20