The Music department offers a very broad curriculum at KS3 which feeds into the GCSE requirements at KS4.
This includes Conventions of Pop, Film and Game Music, Rhythms of the world and the Concerto through time.
All music is taught though Listening Performing and Composing at all stages.
We offer a wide range of extended curricular activities including:
• String Group and String Ensemble
• Guitar Group
• Keyboard Club
• Specialist tuition for our Performing and Visual Arts Students
• Music Technology Club for KS3&4 and KS5
• Music Theory Classes
• Advanced A level club for year 11
• LAMDA Musical Theatre Award
KEY STAGE 3
Years 7 & 8
A broad curriculum based on Listening Performing and Composition.
Performing is taught mainly through singing and keyboard skills.
Continual assessment procedures ensure all students acquire the necessary skills to choose and be successful at GCSE if they wish at KS4.
PV&A students receive one free lesson in their chosen instrument/Voice.
KEY STAGE 4
This is a very successful course and in recent results 92% of our students met or exceeded their target grades; this included 6 A Grades and 2 A* grades
All students receive a free instrumental/vocal lesson at GCSE level.
KEY STAGE 5
Courses currently running:
• Music Theory in Practice, Grade 1 (Music Theory in Practice (ABRSM) by Eric Taylor
• Beginner's Guide to Reading Music: Easy to Use, Easy to Learn; A Simple Introduction By Jake Jackson
• Theory is Fun: Grade 1 by Maureen Cox
• New GCSE Music OCR Complete Revision & Practice (with Audio CD) - for the Grade 9-1 Course (CGP GCSE Music 9-1 Revision)
• Classical Music Encyclopedia by Stanley Sadie
• Rock & Pop Theory: The Essential Guide
MUSIC TECHNOLOGY A LEVEL
• The Impact of Technology in Music By Matthew Anniss
• Sound on Sound Magazine
• Popular Music, Colin Cripps
• Paul White Music Tech book series: Basic mixing techniques, Basic microphones, Basic effects & processors and many more.
• AS and A Level Music Technology Study Guide by Rhinegold Education, Tim Hallas
• Just Kids - Patti Smith, 2010
• Chronicles, Volume One - Bob Dylan, 2004
MUSIC A LEVEL
• Classical Music Magazine
• Charles Rosen, The Classical Style: Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart (Faber and Faber, 2005)
• Harper-Scott, J.P.E & Jim Samson, eds., An Introduction to Music Studies (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009)
• Charles Rosen, The Romantic Generation (Harvard University Press, 1998)
• Perfecting Sound Forever by Greg Milner (ISBN 978-1847081407, Granta Books 2010))
• AS and A Level Music Study Guide by Rhinegold Education, Hugh Benham, Alistair Wightman