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The Music department has two subject specific classrooms as well as practice rooms.  There are two subject specialists within the department.

The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Curriculum Intent:

Music curriculum intent is to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of Music, develop their talent as Musicians and so to increase self-confidence, creativity, and sense of achievement. Music education encourages active involvement in different forms of music making, both individual and communal, helping to develop a sense of group identity and togetherness. Music can influence pupils’ development in and out of school; it can help foster personal development and maturity, a sense of achievement and self-worth, and the ability to work with others in a group context.

Music learning develops pupils’ critical skills: their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of music, and to make judgements about musical quality. It also increases self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.

Music courses follow the National Curriculum and makes use of a range of resources available.

The scheme of work for KS3 is designed to match National Curriculum based learning outcomes with appropriate resources and activities in order to provide a varied and stimulating Music education.  The schemes of work are planned to create a clear understanding of NC expectations.

Key stage 4 schemes are designed in line with the GCSE Edxcel Music Specification and are designed to encompass a range of practical and theoretical activities. Pupils will develop performing, composing and appraisal skills. Other KS4 courses to make Music more accessible to all are being investigated.

KS3 YEAR 7 Keyboard Skills, Variations, Programme Music, World Music (Samba/African)
YEAR 8 Keyboard Skills 2, Advertising, Chord Trick, Song writing
YEAR 9 Melody with chords, Film Music, Blues, Musical Futures and Band Skills.
KS4 Edexcel GCSE 9-1: Performing, Composing, Appraising.

BTEC Music

If you would like more information about our subject, or your child’s work in music please contact the Head of Department: Mrs Dalziel

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