Music contributes to the development of students and to the school curriculum by providing a powerful and distinctive form of communication and expression. It develops thinking, increases perception, imagination and creativity and physical coordination; skills which can then be transferred to other areas of experience and learning. The Music Department seeks to provide an all-inclusive education and enjoyment through music, to all year groups in the school through class teaching, individual music lessons on instruments and voice, extra-curricular activities, concerts, workshops and educational visits.
Key Stage 5
The A Level Music course, a qualification also provided by Edexcel, is a two-year course that allows our students to fully explore the possibilities within the subject. The subject requires engagement with all genres of music and an analytical approach to assessing and comparing different musical styles. This qualification is sub-divided into the following three disciplines; Performance, Composition and Developing Musical Understanding (Appraising). Students are required to work in all the disciplines to communicate their musicianship skills; they will extend their understanding of compositional and performance processes and learn how to analyse and comment appropriately on a range of musical genres. The diverse musical content supports learners in developing critical and creative thinking and cultural, aesthetic and emotional awareness whilst learning in-depth appraising skills in preparation for their assessments.
Facilities and Resources
The Music Department is situated in a historic listed building in Brooklands House. The building is very well suited to the subject, due to its rehearsal space, practice rooms, IT suite, Music Library and two large, well equipped classrooms.
The various music rooms are spread over two floors although some areas are for GCSE and A Level students only. The IT cluster is fully equipped with ten networked computers that all have industry standard Sibelius 7 and Cubase software used purely for teaching composition to GCSE and A Level Music classes. Another room houses ten laptop computers that have Acid-Pro, Sibelius 5 and Cubase. There is also a library study room complete with kitchenette, where A Level students can work in their free periods.
The building has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, with its hustle and bustle of music-making heard continuously throughout the day due to the many peripatetic lessons and extra-curricular activities.
Trips and Visits
The department offer trips each year that adapt to the course content that is being studied. Recent trips have included a Creative Composing day at Manchester University focussing on World Music, a Jazz Band performance tour to Disneyland Paris and the Eiffel Tower, concerts at the Bridgewater Hall and the Lowry Theatre in Manchester to see live performances of set works. Whole year-group trips are organised for Year 7 to the Liverpool Philharmonic Key Stage 3 concert & Slavery Museum. Both activities link with the units of work in Year 7 on Instruments of the Orchestra and at the start of Year 8, The origins of Blues and Jazz. The Choir compete in an annual local Music Festival, this year pupils competed at the Burnley Music Festival to sing in the Thomas Witham Auditorium. Community trips include the annual Carol Singing at Boundary Mill and performing at Holmes Mill for the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival during the May Bank holiday weekend.
Visits from various Music industry professionals are organised throughout the year.
The department offers a rich variety of extra-curricular activities. This includes Choir, Chamber Choir, Folk Group, Jazz Band, Woodwind Ensemble, Brass Group, Guitar Club, GCSE Jam Session, Dance Troupe, Music Theory Class and GCSE and A Level tutorials. QEGS Music students perform in the services at Blackburn Cathedral, showcase their performance and compositional talents during the recitals and concerts held throughout the year and can be entered for the local music festival competitions such as ‘The Rotary Musician of the Year’ and ‘The Burnley Arts Festival.’ The Music Department is committed to engaging with our local community and during the year we enjoy performing at the local markets, shopping centres and outdoor festivals.
Individual Music Lessons
The Music department employs a team of professional and highly skilled peripatetic teachers who offer lessons in the following disciplines; brass, woodwind, strings, percussion (including drum kit), piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and singing. Lessons are 25minutes, scheduled on a rotational basis and there are 30 lessons per academic year.