Music

In the Music Department we aim to provide the opportunity for all students to investigate the musical world around them. We set out to enrich the lives of our students by developing their appreciation of the language of Music and by allowing them to express themselves, creatively through musical composition and performance.

Key Stage 3

The KS3 course provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding through the integration of performing, composing and listening.

In Year 7, students study how music can be broken down into individual elements. They perform in groups and individually, learning how to listen and react to the sounds around them.

In Year 8, students further develop their instrumental skills through a number of workshops, using both the keyboards and guitars.

 

Key Stage 4

Students opting to take GCSE Music course will follow the Eduqas Syllabus. During this course students develop their understanding of Music through the investigation of four main areas of study:
 
1: Musical Forms and Devices Area of study 
2: Music for Ensemble Area of study 
3: Film Music Area of study 
4: Popular Music 
 
Students will also compose two original pieces of music, using Music Technology to help. They will also submit a recorded performance of at least four minutes in duration which comprises of at least two performances, one of which is an ensemble.
 

Key Stage 5

We also EDUQAS A level Music which builds on the skills learnt during the GCSE Music course. 
 
This comprises of three elements:
 
A recital in front of a visiting examiner
Two compositions
A listening paper based on three areas of study
 
Special Features
 
•         We run a diverse range of extra curricular music groups, including: ‘In Harmony’ (pop quoir), Advanced Vocals (senior choir), Hylands Band, Keyboard Club, Ukulele Club, Music Tech club and String & Flute Group.
 
•         We host a number of concerts throughout the year, including; the Christmas Concert, The Summer Festival, The Live Lounge as well as other performances in the local community.