Students will develop their understanding of the Musical Elements by performing and composing music. They will learn how to use music technology to layer sounds and create music for an event. Students will listen to and perform African music and will take part in class workshops to develop an African drumming style. Year 7 students will look at music for the moving image and develop compositional work that will accompany a “silent” movie using Garageband.
Year 9, 10 & 11
Students will develop an understanding of the rich diversity of folk music as they perfect the ability to singing as an Ensemble, dinging as a Soloist and composing as a group. They will compose and perform pieces of music from the Western Classical tradition as they learn how to identify, relate and compare specific devices/elements to their origins. Students will study the music from Indonesia in particular Gamelan. Year 8 students will also study Jazz and blues music including their origins, compositional techniques and performing styles.
Sixth form pathways, Career Links and Employability Skills
Students will be following the EDEXCEL GCSE Music course. Students will be expected to perform two pieces, one solo and one ensemble. Both performances have to be recorded and presented with scores, professional recordings or written commentary for both performances.
Students will also compose two compositions of their own choice using live instruments and/or music technology.
Students will need to submit recordings of both compositions on CD/MD or MP3. N Students will also study the 4 areas of study ready for their exam. Notated scores or written commentaries for both compositions/arrangements.
The GCSE Music qualification leads directly onto A-Level / vocational music courses. Careers in the music industry are varied and include performers, composers, technicians and management roles.
The multi-disciplinary skills taught are much sought after by employers and music graduates make up a large proportion of many key sectors including finance, law and consultancy.
A range of skills are developed during the course, including working as a team (in musical ensembles), the application of IT (music software) and communication and literacy (analysis of musical scores and being able to write descriptively about music). Regular opportunities are also created for reflection (self and peer assessment of work).
Students study Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Composing). They develop skills in composing using Logic Pro X, Music for the moving image and develop skills in using notation packages.