"Music washes away from the soul
the dust of everyday life."
Berthold Auerbach (1812-1882)
Music is a means of expression. Music can change the way children feel, think and act. It affects emotions and provides opportunities for pupils to work both individually and as team members. It is an integral part of culture and is considered a central element in the life of the school.
We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to experience a life enriched through musical activities. Music gives our students confidence through performing, an understanding of different cultures through a study of world music and an opportunity to create their own music.
All pupils receive curriculum lessons in music. Additionally, the department has ten visiting instrumental teachers, offering specialist tuition on:
flute, recorder, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, violin, viola, cello, double bass, orchestral percussion, drum kit, classical guitar, electric guitar, keyboard, piano and voice.
There are many ensembles that regularly rehearse including a recorder ensemble, junior choir, senior choir, orchestra, concert band and jazz band. All ensembles are open to everyone without audition.
The music department works alongside the drama department to stage annual productions and musicals. We have two music class rooms, practice rooms and a recording studio.
Curriculum Leader: Mrs A Helliker
Teacher: Mrs V Riley
In Year 7:
All students in Year 7 will require a recorder. Recorders can be purchased through the school and paid for via parent Pay. Students will cover:
- A study of music theory encourages all children to read music notation
- How to compose music using music technology
- Learn to play the recorder
- Have numerous performing opportunities; carol service, music festival, solo and ensemble work
- Have the opportunity to complete Arts Award at bronze level
Topics will include:
- Rhythm, pitch, time signatures, dynamics, orchestral instruments and music notation
- Performance on the recorder
In Year 8 students will build on their experience and develop their skills in both composition and performance. During this year pupils will:
- Research and investigate music from around the world
- Compose in different styles; African music, minimalism and jazz music
- Research minimalism and jazz music
- Learn to play the keyboard
Topics will include:
- Jazz and Blues music : Chord progressions and instrumentation
- Minimalism : Developing ideas in composition
- Songs from musicals