About the Music Department
Music offers students the opportunity to explore music making in terms of composition and performance and appreciate different genres and styles of music. Music explores links with social and cultural themes and students learn the context of musical styles. A broad range of music is explored; from medieval music to modern day popular styles, film music and music from the international community where students are encouraged to make independent choices in composition and performance work with progressive challenge.
About Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3 lessons are practical based and present suitable challenge to students, whatever stage of musical understanding they have reached. The department offers a range of instruments, keyboards, samba drums, drum kits, guitar, percussion and students who have their own instruments are welcome to use them in class activity. Students learn the theory that underpins musical understanding through practical activity.
The Music department is available during the week at lunchtime and after school for students to practice their independent choice of pieces as well as work to improve their class work. Students are encouraged to follow independent choices of music and forge collaborative approaches to music making.
About Key Stage 4
Keys Stage 4 GCSE lessons follow the examination board AQA syllabus. Music at Key Stage 4 is optional.
The course are based on composition, performance and listening. Students have the choice of completing coursework acoustically or through using specialist software in the computer suite. Performance work is prepared in a suite of practice rooms accessible to student in designated times as well as after school. GCSE Music is an excellent grounding for either further study at A/AS level as well as a respected subject within industry, entertainment, media or any area connected with communications.