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Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

We aim to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and develop their talent as musicians; developing their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose and to listen with a critical ear of the best music in the world.

Students will be taught to:

  • play and perform confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts using their voice, playing instruments musically, fluently and with accuracy and expression
  • improvise and compose; and extend and develop musical ideas by drawing on a range of musical structures, styles, genres and traditions
  • use staff and other relevant notations appropriately and accurately in a range of musical styles, genres and traditions
  • identify and use the interrelated dimensions of music expressively and with increasing sophistication, including use of tonalities, different types of scales and other musical devices
  • listen with increasing discrimination to a wide range of music from great composers and musicians
  • develop a deepening understanding of the music that they perform and to which they listen, and its history

Additionally, students will be given the opportunity to:

  • take small group tuition delivered by our talented, professional and dedicated peripatetic staff
  • study strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, drums, guitar, bass guitar, piano and voice.
  • play as part of a larger ensemble in assemblies, liturgies, school concerts and educational events
Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 7

Singing Together

Songs from around the region and the world

Gamelan (Cyclic Music)

Techniques of the music of Indonesia

Christmas Carols

Current carols for Christmas Liturgies

Notation

treble & bass staff notation, notes on lines and spaces, duration, rests.

Keyboard

Progressive course learning the basics of right hand tunes and left hand accompaniment

Instruments of the Orchestra

Listening and engaging with amazing orchestral works

African Drumming

Performing on traditional

Djembe drums, and

composing as a group

Year 8

Singing Together

 

Contemporary songs across genres and traditions

Christmas song writing

Composing a song to be sung by the choir

Samba Drumming

Techniques of Brazilian drumming for Carnival

Boogie Woogie Piano

Extending right and left hand piano techniques in the boogie style

History of Pop Music

Popular music from  1950 to present day

Music in the Media

Analysing and composing TV, film and gaming music

Curriculum Maps 2017-18

Music Curriculum Map Y7

Music Curriculum Map Y8

GCSE Music Curriculum Map Y9

GCSE Music Curriculum Map Y10

GCSE Music Curriculum Map Y11

Course Information
BTEC Music Course Information
GCSE Music Course Information

Advanced Level Music Course Information

For more information contact the Head of Department: Mr C Payne.