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In the Music Department we aim to encourage creativity, through a range of compositional and performance activities. There are 2 music rooms, both equipped with Apple Mac computers with the latest music software and midi keyboards. One music room is used for the steel pan ensemble. There is also the access of four practice rooms and an ensemble room.

Departmental staff: Head of Music – Mrs Dines, Teacher of Music – Mr Waters

Peripatetic Staff:
• Drums/Guitar – Mr Emanual
• Vocals – Mrs Smethurst
• Piano/Woodwind – Mr Waters
• Brass – Mr Taylor
• Strings – Ms Gilliatt

Curriculum

Year 7 – Lesson contact time is 1 lesson a fortnight
The topics followed are:
• STOMP – rhythm and notation
• Elements of Music
• Indian Music
• Instruments of the Orchestra
• Rap Music

Year 8 – Lesson contact time is 2 lessons a fortnight
The topics followed are:
• Jazz Music
• Intervals
• The Beatles
• Film Music
• Musicals

Year 9 – Lesson contact time is 1 lesson a fortnight
The topics followed are:
• Blues Music
• Reggae
• Pop Music
• Club Dance Music

Year 10 – Lesson contact time is 5 hours.

The two year GCSE course is with the OCR examination board. The qualification for music is comprised of 40% examinations and 60% controlled assessment. The controlled assessment is focused on individual and group performance and also composition. Students must record and submit one solo performance, 1 group performance and 2 pieces of composition.
The examination is comprised of 40% listening exam. All GCSE students receive free instrumental tuition.

The topics followed are:
• My Music
• The Concerto through Time
• Rhythms of the World
• Film Music
• Conventions of Pop

Year 11 – Lesson contact time is Lesson contact time is 5 hours.

The two year GCSE course is with the AQA examination board. The qualification for music is comprised of 40% examinations and 60% controlled assessment. The controlled assessment is focused on individual and group performance and also composition. Students must record and submit one solo performance, 1 group performance and 2 pieces of composition. The examination is comprised of 20% listening exam. All GCSE students receive free instrumental tuition.

The topics followed are:
• The Western Classical Tradition
• World Music
• Popular Music from the 1950’s

Equipment / Kit
If the students are receiving peripatetic lessons, then they have the option of using their own instrument that can be stored safely in the music store room.

Resources
www.musictheory.net
www.GCSEBITESIZE/Music.co.uk

Qualifications
Year 10 GCSE Music – The two year GCSE course is with the OCR examination board. The qualification for music is comprised of 40% examinations and 60% controlled assessment. The controlled assessment is focused on individual and group performance and also composition. Students must record and submit one solo performance, 1 group performance and 2 pieces of composition. The examination is comprised of 40% listening exam. All GCSE students receive free instrumental tuition.
OCR – http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/219378-specification-accredited-gcse-music-j536.pdf

Year 11 GCSE Music- The two year GCSE course is with the AQA examination board.
The qualification for music is comprised of 40% examinations and 60% controlled assessment. The controlled assessment is focused on individual and group performance and also composition. Students must record and submit one solo performance, 1 group performance and 2 pieces of composition. The examination is comprised of 20% listening exam. All GCSE students receive free instrumental tuition.

AQA – http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-4270-W-SP-14.PDF

Extra-Curricular Activities
We offer after school support for all pupils: either for individuals who need that little extra help or for groups of pupils in preparation for examinations. Revision workshops are often held for GCSE pupils during holiday periods.

Students are offered lessons by visiting peripatetic staff. The instruments offered are drumkit, keyboard, piano, guitar, woodwind, brass and voice. There is a school choir, steel band, wind group and guitar group. Students have regular opportunities to perform e.g. at the Christmas concert, open evenings, awards evenings and in the annual school production.

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