Music


Overview

The study of music has far reaching benefits for all students, both artistically and on a personal skills basis. Students work individually, in pairs and in groups. They have to solve problems, set up and operate expensive equipment and show creativity and imagination. Students are expected to show respect for music, which is part of every culture and religion.


Key Staff

Mrs Ward
Head of Music

Mr Mee
Teacher of Music


Facilities

The music department has a wide range of facilities that the students have access to before, during and after lessons. We have three music classrooms, which includes a large keyboard room and an iMac suite equipped with industry standard composing and recording software. There is a state of the art professional recording studio with live room for students to record singing or playing an instrument. The department also includes two practice rooms and an ensemble room.


Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Students in Key Stage 3 have one lesson of Music per week. All students will be encouraged to develop their skills in performing, composing, and theory. The work is practically based and progress is achieved through the use of a wide variety of instruments and music technology. Students will also undertake written work, particularly as a method of reflecting on their work. The Music curriculum offers a balance between individual work, small group work and whole-class experiences.

Year 7

  • Introduction to Music
  • Singing and Vocal Performance
  • Introduction to Music Sequencing and Remixing using Logic Pro
  • Keyboard Skills

Year 8

  • The Blues
  • Japanese Music
  • Using Chords
  • Arranging using Logic Pro
  • Band Performance and Musicianship

Year 9

  • Advanced Band Performance
  • Samba Drumming
  • Advanced Arranging and Sequencing using Logic Pro
  • Theme and Variation
  • Introduction to the Music Industry

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

In year 10 and 11 students continue to develop their practical music skills in four separate units covered in the Edexel BTEC First Award in Music. In year 10 they will expand their knowledge and practical use of Logic Pro software to manipulate and compose music. Next they will explore a unit in developing their personal practice skills, monitoring their own progress culminating in a public performance. In the second year they will use the experience and skills they have developed over the course to this point to plan, create, promote and finally evaluate the production of their own CD. Finally throughout the two years they will learn about how the music industry and how it functions in preparation for their exam in the second year.

Year 10

  • Unit 7: Music Sequencing
  • Unit 4: Music Performance
  • Unit 1: Music Industry

Year 11

  • Unit 4: Music Performance
  • Unit 2: Managing a Music Product
  • Unit 1: Music Industry

Other units that are studied include music composition and live sound.

Throughout the course we work with students to create their own revision materials to aid in preparing them for their written exam in the second year. The BTEC is a highly practical course and requires students to create carefully written evidence of their progress, kept in a portfolio by their class teacher.


Extra Curricular

Students have the opportunity to attend instrumental lessons provided by Birmingham Music Service. The school makes a significant contribution to the cost of these lessons and information regarding fees and availability are available from the music department. Current instrumental tuition includes drum kit, dhol, woodwind, steel pans and guitar. Students are encouraged to use the recording studio during lunch times and after school, whether it is recording a solo vocal piece, refining a track using Logic Pro software, or putting down tracks for a complex band recording. We also offer opportunities for students to participate in many ensembles free of charge; these include wind band, rock band, drum line and choir.


Mrs Ward

Mrs Ward

Head of Music

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