The music department aims to give all students the opportunity to develop an appreciation and enjoyment of music through involvement in practical and creative activities. The department makes extensive use of the music computer suite and keyboards to enhance learning and teaching.

Key Stage 3 – All students perform and compose using classroom percussion instruments, African drums (djembe), samba drums and percussion, keyboards and music computer software such as Cubasis and Cubase 7.

Year 7

The main elements of music, such as rhythm and pitch, are studied in the following six half-termly units– Instruments, Theme and Variations, World Music, Ostinato and Rap, Conflict and War and Music for Special Occasions.

Year 8

Students have an introduction to playing the drum kit, and study the units Composing for Percussion Instruments using Computers, Hooks, Loops and Riffs, Film Music, Blues and Jazz, and Chords.

Key Stage 4–  Edexcel GCSE Music (2MU01)

This course is designed to encourage students in years 9, 10 and 11 to enjoy and appreciate music through listening, composing and performing.  It builds upon skills and knowledge that students have learned in KS3 Music lessons and in any instrumental or vocal lessons.

The GCSE Music course consists of 3 units:

Unit 1: Performing Music (30% of the final mark)

Students are required to practise and record both a solo and a group performance at any time during the course.  Performances may be on any instrument and in any style.

Unit 2: Composing Music (30% of the final mark)

Students are required to produce two pieces of music that they have written themselves at any time during the course.  Help will be given to use computers to realise and record ideas.  Examples of recent GCSE compositions include pop songs, African drumming pieces and instrumental pieces for students’ own instruments.

Unit 3: Listening to Music (40% of the final mark)

Students sit a 90 minute exam at the end of the course during which students will answer questions on twelve set pieces taken from the following Areas of Study: Western Classical Music 1600-1899, 20th Century Classical Music, Pop Music and World Music

Extra-curricular Music

The music department offers instrumental lessons and a variety of extra-curricular activities including steel band, djembe groups, recorder group and choir.

Most recent performance: Concert for Comic Relief (March 2013)