Aims & Objectives
Music is a practical subject, with a universal language which everyone can understand. Through the three main types of activity (Listening, Composing & Performing), we aim to introduce students to as many musical skills as possible, drawing on genres from around the world, past and present. It is anticipated that a thorough musical education will provide students with a real appreciation of music. For more information about how music can benefit children, see the FMS leaflet: 10 Things schools should know about learning music
Students are given opportunities to develop their skills as performers, and to present themselves to audiences at both Academy performances, and in the community. Learning a musical instrument is of paramount importance to a child’s development, and students are taught to play a wide range of instruments through Band Projects and Extra Curricular activities.
- Students are encouraged to develop personal skills of self-motivation, perseverance and teamwork in practical activities where they aim for the highest possible standards.
- Students develop an understanding of the expressive qualities of music and its ability to communicate feelings and ideas.
- Students learn to read, write and perform music of different styles, historical periods and cultures.
- As teachers, we recognise the individuality of each student and will encourage students to develop their full potential.
- Students participate in musical activities in a safe and caring environment.
Lessons & Homework
Year 7: An Introduction to performing music and reading notation.
Year 8: Developing performing skills and learning about music from a variety of cultures.
Year 9: Advanced performing skills; use of Information Technology through the Music Department’s suite of Apple Macs.
Years 10-11: Refining and honing skills in listening, composing and performing.
Homework is not given at Key Stage 3.
In Key Stage 4, students are expected to practise their main instrument at home on a daily basis and carry out further research into the GCSE programmes of study. Key Stage 4 students are also encouraged to use the BBC Bitesize website.
At Key Stage 3
Year 7: Elements of Music using graphic notation; Rhythm and Ritornello Structure; Jazz Improvisation on the pentatonic scale; African Drumming using Call and Response; Performing and composing with Staff Notation; Introduction to keyboards.
Year 8: Refining Keyboard Skills; Medieval Music; Major Scales (EastEnders theme); Samba; Japanese performance piece and composition.
Year 9: Blues performance and composition; Reggae; Advanced Keyboard Skills; Musical Arrangements; Programme Music; Film Music.
At Key Stage 4
We follow the OCR GCSE syllabus, comprising:-Performance and Composition coursework (60%) Creative Task (15%) Listening Examination (25%)