Music provides all students with the opportunity to experience and participate in a wealth of musical traditions and genres, from the past to the present day. Through listening, composing, and performing, the students are taught the importance and relevance music has within different cultures from around the world.
Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 explore topics as diverse as Samba, Film Music, Dance Music and Reggae, through to the use of keyboards, vocals, percussion and music IT. In Years 10 to 11, students who wish to further their skills can opt for the GCSE or Btec qualifications.
During the GCSE course, students undertake the production of both solo and ensemble performances and learn to analyse music of different eras and cultures. Candidates produce two compositions, the first written for their main instrument relating to the genre of music chosen for their first performance piece, the second chosen from a selection of styles studied for the listening exam, ranging from the Waltz to Salsa.
The Btec first certificate in Music is designed to help prepare students for a career in the Music industry. It develops their knowledge and skills in performing and composing as well as giving students a feel for the demands of working in the industry. The course is divided into four units: exploring musical composition, working as a musical ensemble, working in the music industry, and professional development in the music industry. All students are assessed on practical and written coursework and there is no final exam.
The Music department provides a wide variety of instrumental tuition during the school day, and a diverse range of curriculum extension activities including Orchestra, Jazz band, Wind band, Choir, Rock groups, and several chamber ensembles. Rehearsals are held after school and are open to all who play a musical instrument or sing.