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Music

Music plays a key role within the school curriculum and the wider life of the school community. Our range of extra-curricular activities includes both instrumental and vocal ensembles that cater for all musical abilities. The musical talent of our students is then showcased across the year in an array of different concerts, which includes a Live Lounge, Winter Concert, Carol Concert, House Music, Recitals, the School Production, Jazz Evening and a Summer Music Festival. Each year the School puts a focus on the Musical Production, which has included Legally Blonde the Musical, Memphis, Ghost, Into the Woods and many more. Every other year the Music Department also gives students the opportunity to perform abroad as part of a Summer Music Tour. Alongside these activities, we are able to offer our students the opportunity to pay for individual music tuition with our professional instrumental teachers. To support the learning in the classroom, where students develop an appreciation of a range of musical styles and cultures, trips are run to see live music performances both locally and in London.

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KS3 Curriculum

We encourage good musicianship from the beginning of the term in all of our KS3 pupils. We ensure that we develop the pupils’ skills in performing, composing and appraising music. In year 7, we cover the basics of music theory, how to effectively appraise music through studying Programme Music, as performing a wide variety of music from Viennese Waltz to Pop songs, and by the end of the year, being able to write their own songs. In year 8, we cover a wide range of musical genres and styles; from Musical theatre and Film music, to Samba, Salsa and Blues. We will also encourage composing through topics such as Theme and Variations and Fusions.

Approach to Assessment:

At KS3 we complete an assessment every half term, where we assess the skills that they show during their performances, or the musical techniques that they apply in their compositions. At the end of the year, there is a 1 hour listening paper to test the pupils’ appraising skills.

KS4 Curriculum

Currently we follow the Edexcel GCSE Music syllabus which is broken down into three components:

  • Performance: 1 solo performance and 1 ensemble performance (30%)
  • Composition: 1 free composition and 1 composition to a brief by Edexcel (30%)
  • Appraising: 1 hour 45 minutes listening exam taken at the end of Year 11 (40%)

The Appraising paper will cover set works from the four Areas of Study:

  • AOS1: Instrumental Music
  • AOS2: Vocal Music
  • AOS3: Music for Stage and Screen
  • AOS4: Fusions

A Level

Currently we follow the Edexcel A Level Music syllabus which is broken down into three components:

  • Performance: an 8 minute recital on their instrument.  (30%)
  • Composition: 1 free composition and 1 composition to a brief by Edexcel (30%)
  • Appraising: 2 hour listening exam taken at the end of Year 13 (40%)

The Appraising paper will cover set works from the six Areas of Study:

  • AOS1: Instrumental Music
  • AOS2: Vocal Music
  • AOS3: Film Music
  • AOS4: Popular Music and Jazz
  • AOS5: Fusions
  • AOS6: New Directions.

We also offer an Extra-Curricular AS Level in Music Technology. This follows the Edexcel AS Level syllabus.

Beyond the Classroom

Instrument Lessons (1)

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