Music is taught to all students in years 7 and 8. The different topics covered, which include Blues, Music for Film and Music Technology, follow a natural progression that encourages students to develop their skills in performing, composing and listening.
Students at Key Stage 4 (from year 9) can opt to study Music, Drama and Dance to GCSE level:-
Pupils study the AQA syllabus, which covers a diverse range of musical styles. The course has a strong bias towards modern music and students are able to learn, compose and perform using their own strengths and interests as a starting point.
At GCSE level, pupils study the AQA syllabus, which encompasses scripted, devised and performance support options. It is a heavily practical subject but also includes study of a set play and a written exam. Pupils can choose to specialise in practical performance or backstage support, which includes lighting and sound, costume design and stage management.
AQA’s Dance GCSE syllabus offers students the opportunity to study set professional works, which are mainly of a contemporary style. There is a short written exam but most of the course is assessed by performing and choreography coursework, allowing students to develop their creative and expressive skills through Dance.
Individual Music Lessons
Pupils in all years have the opportunity to have individual or small group music lessons to learn to play a musical instrument or to have specialist singing lessons. A full range of musical instruments are available to learn including piano, woodwind, guitar, brass, strings, drums and percussion. These lessons are provided by peripatetic music staff.