Introduction to Music
Developing students as musicians through practical music making and creativity.
The music department is a buzzing place to be. Most lunchtimes the department is filled with students having a band rehearsal, writing their own songs, singing in the choir, jamming, composing or playing in the orchestra. After school isn’t much different- we have so much going on! In class, our curriculum provides lots of opportunities for the students to experience and develop skills on different instruments including drum kit, keyboard, guitar, bass guitar, percussion and singing.
In Key Stage 3, our lessons are based on practical music making which focuses on integrating key musicianship skills; listening, composing, performing, improvising, singing and analysing. Taking inspiration from a variety of musical styles, from classical music to Samba, Indian music to Pop History, students are exposed to music that is new to them, as well as developing more understanding of music that they already know.
Exam Board and Syllabus – Eduqas Music (C660QS)
At KS4, students follow the Edexcel GSCE syllabus which consists of 60% coursework in the form of composing and performing. There is also a listening exam which counts 40% towards the final mark. We prepare the students for the listening exam by playing and learning about a range of musical styles from different times, places and composers from Mozart to Miles Davis.
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