Music contributes to the development of students and to the school curriculum by providing a powerful and distinctive form of communication and expression. Music can change the way that people feel and act. It can provide opportunities for personal expression, reflection and emotional well being. It develops thinking, increases perception, imagination and creativity and physical coordination: skills which can then be transferred to other areas of experience and learning.
Our aim is for pupils to:
- Develop an interest and enjoyment in music and become familiar with and confident across a range of musical knowledge, key skills areas and vocabulary.
- Benefit through a sense of enjoyment, achievement and discovery in the learning process and through performance.
- Develop their self-confidence through performance related activities.
- Work independently and as part of a group in varied activities, so that music contributes to the development of life skills, such as literacy, numeracy and ICT.
- Evaluate their own and others’ work and be able to make improvements.
- Develop an awareness of the implications of music (past and present) for national and international communities.
- Develop informed opinions and be able to support them.
- Achieve their full potential in music through whichever medium is appropriate to them.
Facilities and Resources
The Senior School Music Department is housed in Brooklands, situated between Hartley House and Singleton House.
- two classrooms, each equipped with 14 keyboards, listening and DVD equipment
- computer room mainly for the use of GCSE and GCE students, all computers equipped with Sibelius 5 software six instrumental teaching / practice rooms
- a small but well stocked library (comprising text books, miniature scores, vocal scores, sheet music and a CD collection)
- three additional pianos: in the Assembly Hall (Kawai grand), Big School (Yamaha upright) and Library Annexe (Chappell grand).
The Department owns a limited number of orchestral instruments and in some cases, these can be loaned to pupils before they decide to purchase their own instrument.
In the First Year to Third Year, pupils are taught in small classes and receive one double period per week. They are taught the key skills of performing, composing, listening and appraising through a practical curriculum which encompasses a range of musical styles and cultures.
4th and 5th Year
GCSE Music – Edexcel
The course has three components;
Performing (30%) – pupils will perform one solo and one ensemble piece in a style and on an instrument of their choice.
Composing (30%)– pupils will compose two pieces of their own music in different styles. This will be annotated using the Sibelius Computer Software package.
Listening and Appraising (40%) – pupils will study 12 set works and at the end of the course, will sit an 1 ½ hour exam based on these works.
The Music Department offers individual tuition (with pupils receiving a 35-minute individual lesson each week) on the following instruments;
- Strings: violin, viola, guitar
- Woodwind: flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone
- Brass: trumpet, trombone, tuba
- Drum kit
The Music Department has a varied and busy extra-curricular timetable. Pupils are encouraged to participate in groups appropriate to their instrument, regardless of standard. Pupils do not have to have instrumental lessons in order to join an extra-curricular activity.
The following groups are currently running; choir, orchestra, jazz band, string group, theory clinic, GCSE clinic, guitar club, electric guitar club. In addition, the school put on a musical each year, during the Lent term. Pupils from all years are invited to audition for a main part or join the chorus.
Music Lesson Timetables