Music

curriculum intent

We study Music to experience a vibrant range of practical activities and cultural experiences that cover a broad spectrum of musical styles and genres to foster an enjoyment of the subject for the students.  Students will gain valuable independent and ensemble experiences that teach self-discipline, resilience and reflective skills through the rehearsal process. 

The music department runs a wide range of extra-curricular activities. These include an orchestra, jazz band, string ensembles, wind ensembles and 2 choirs. There are opportunities for students to organise their own pop and rock bands, string quartets. Our main annual performances include a Christmas carol concert held at a local church and our summer concert. As well as these we also hold solos concerts and recitals, we participate in local and national festivals and visit nearby schools with our smaller ensembles to provide some musical entertainment. Bi-annually we offer students the chance to attend a residential music week in the peak district. Our annual school musical productions are always very popular and have included My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver, High School Musical, Grease and Beauty and the Beast among others. We also organise many cultural trips to see concerts, musicals and to attend workshops.

In the music department we try to provide opportunities for students to learn to enjoy and expand their knowledge of music in a very wide sense. We want our teaching to impact on students of all age, levels and abilities and to stretch the gifted musician as well as provide opportunities for those who do not necessarily see themselves as musically inclined. A wide range of musical styles and traditions are given equal prominence with a view to opening students’ minds to what is available out there in the world of music.


The Team/Facilities

The music team consists of two teachers and a team support assistant. In addition to these staff we have 11 visiting peripatetic instrumental teachers providing instrumental lessons on woodwind, brass, strings, guitars, drums, voice and keyboards.

Music accommodation consists of two teaching rooms, a large rehearsal space, eight small practice/instrumental teaching rooms and a recording studio.

The department is well resourced with 16 Apple Mac computers and music keyboards in each classroom, running software such as Garageband, Logic and Sibelius. These are used throughout the school for composing and performing tasks. In addition we have a wide range of instruments used for class lessons and individual instrument work.


Key Stage 3

All students receive music lessons at KS3. They are taught in their form groups of 30-32 students and will receive three 50-minute lessons per fortnight in years 7 and 8, and in year 9 students can opt to take Music as one of their GCSE subjects. The KS3 course follows the National Curriculum with a balanced study of a range of musical styles and eras including western classical music, pop music of all styles from 1960 onwards and world music such as African drumming and Indonesian gamelan music.

This is a helpful webiste for you to use : www.imusic.org.uk/modulegamelan.asp

If you would like more information please contact Mrs S Smith.


Key Stage 4

In year 9, students who have opted to take music develop the skills to they need to work towards starting their GCSE course in Year 10. We currently follow the EDUQAS (WJEC) GCSE exam syllabus. Group sizes vary but are usually around 15-22. Students receive six 50 minute lessons per fortnight in Year 9 and five 50 minute lessons per fortnight in years 10 and 11. They follow a course consisting of listening to, understanding and composing music. Performing aspects of the course are generally covered by the peripatetic instrumental teachers, and students are encouraged to take part in some of the many extra-curricular performing opportunities available to them.

This is a helpful website contain information on some of the topics covered in the subject at GCSE level : http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/music/


sixth form

We currently deliver the EDUQAS A level music course in the 6th form.  A level pupils currently receive 11 50 minute lessons fortnightly and are encouraged to participate fully in the musical life of the school.  Several of our year 12 and 13 students are music mentors to younger musicians in the school and regularly lead music making activities in the department.

There are opportunities for students to become Music Mentors; leading activities, ensembles and supporting less experienced musicians.