The Music Department’s aim is to inspire and encourage all students to develop a lifelong love of music through challenge, independent learning and collaboration. The curriculum develops cultural capital through sequential and progressive acquisition of knowledge and skills in a range of genres.
At Key Stage 3 students are taught through practically-based activities: performing, composing and listening and appraising. The contexts for these activities are The Blues, Ground Bass and African Drumming.
We also teach personal and social skills: for example, collaboration, time management and listening to provide skills they can use beyond their musical studies. The final year of Key Stage three expands students’ knowledge through the introduction of more complex chords and consolidates previous learning through songwriting and film. Students work to a brief, whilst also developing improvisation skills in performance and learn about industry spec software in composition.
At Key Stage 4 students build on prior knowledge to study prescribed set works. This develops a more critical understanding of music through set works and wider listening, whilst strengthening the development of performance and composition skills.
At KS5 students explore music from different styles and cultures. Through this they develop analytical and appraising skills to support evaluative and critical judgements about music. They develop independence and the love of music through wider listening around the set musical repertoire. Students’ performance and composition skills are developed through technical and expressive control with an understanding of style and context.
Students have opportunities to explore the wider curriculum through extra-curricular trips and visits to develop wider listening. In addition to the A level course we offer music theory to support the holistic understanding of the curriculum and the personal development of the student.
Personalised development of students is promoted through the opportunities for students to participate in groups and ensembles, with many students moving from junior and smaller ensembles to the more senior ensembles to stretch and challenge musicians of all standards. The depth and range of musical opportunities - from classical to contemporary - provides our students with an exciting, enriching curriculum.