Curriculum Leader: Mr C Jeffs
Music within Key Stage 3 covers a variety of topics and skill sets to prepare pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of the musical world around them. From notation reading and composition skills, through World Music and Popular Song, the Key Stage 3 scheme enables all pupils to be fully involved.
Using assessments in composition, performance and listening and understanding, students are able to express their emotions, beliefs and knowledge of their world. All pupils are encouraged to perform, either as an individual or part of a class ensemble, and feedback and guidance is provided through their lessons to enable them to attain their full potential.
When pupils join the Academy they are encouraged to learn to play an instrument, and pupils are provided the opportunity to undertake tuition on one, or more, of the instruments taught by our team of visiting instrumental teachers. Once confident on their chosen instrument pupils are then encouraged to join in with the Academy's extra-curricular music activities. These include the String Group, Orchestra, Wind Group, Wind Band, Brass Ensembles, Choir and Jazz Group. Those pupils interested in the technical aspects of music are encouraged to join the DJ club, Theatre Tech group and the Music Tech Sequencing group. Other extra-curricular opportunities are available throughout the academic year, including the school production, Christmas Carol Choir and primary support groups.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum Details:
At Key Stage 4 pupils can develop their musical skills and understanding through either the GCSE Music qualification, or through the alternative BTEC Level 1-2 Award in Music. Both courses enable pupils to progress musically, but the content of each is very different.
The AQA GCSE Music course requires pupils to demonstrate competencies in performing, composing, and the listening to, and analysis of, music from a variety of traditions. Students are expected to perform as both a solo musician and as part of an ensemble, and should be able to perform at a standard equivalent to the ABRSM Grade 4 examination level on their chosen instrument, or voice. They will be required to compose two original pieces of music, within which they will be required to demonstrate a sound understanding of the genre within which they compose, and the technical requirements of the style and instrumentation used. A one hour listening examination in the June of the final year enables students to demonstrate their understanding of the genres and styles studied, and requires pupils to answer questions about a number of pieces of music, which will be played during the examination.
The Edexcel Level 1-2 BTEC Award in Music is a vocational qualification within which pupils are able to learn about, and demonstrate competencies in, a variety of areas in the music industry; from live sound and lighting, to multi-track recording and event management. Key skills are taught through a series of workshops and lessons, with pupils demonstrating their skills and understanding through “real life” scenarios. From career development and training possibilities to practical skills pupils develop as musicians within the professional industries.
Key Stage 5 Curriculum Details:
Within the Sixth Form pupils are given the opportunity to develop the music experiences through the Edexcel Level 3 BTEC in either Music or Music Technology. These modular courses enable students to develop advanced skills in a more refined manner than the Level 2 qualification, with more depth of knowledge and evidence of skills require within each unit.
With a choice of 44 individual units across the qualification, the Level 3 BTEC course can be tailored to each individual student, and options of a Level 3 Certificate (the equivalent of one AS qualification), the Subsidiary Diploma (the equivalent of an A Level qualification), and the new 90 Credit Diploma (equivalent to three AS Level qualifications) the pupils have the opportunity to define the course for their own requirements. With career progression and professional development a key focus of all of the qualifications, the Level 3 BTEC music courses enable pupils to enter the music industry with experiences and skills vital for the modern age of music.