Music

Welcome

Welcome to the Music page. Here you will find out everything you need to know about our department including what we teach and how we assess our pupils.

Aims & Objectives

Under the national curriculum, Music is divided into three areas - Performing, Composing and Listening and Appraising.

What are the aims of each area?

  • Pupils will study music for one hour per week.
  • They develop an understanding of a wide range of music through listening, performance, composition and independent/group study.
  • Pupils will get the chance to be involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities as well as having the opportunity to take individual instrumental lessons from visiting instrumental teachers. Extra-curricular activities include: Samba band, steel band, Glee choir, Song writing club, range of bands and ensembles with many opportunities throughout the year to perform to an audience.
  • Pupils are expected at all times to show respect, work to the best of their ability and enjoy their learning in a safe and stimulating environment.

Key Stage 3 - Years 7 & 8

What will our pupils study?

  • Pupils will study Music for one, one hour lesson per week.

Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

  • Audio assessment is at the heart of Healing Music Department Curriculum.
  • Pupils will be assessed through performance, composition and musical understanding work.

How have our KS3 pupils progressed so far?

Key Stage 3 Results - Music
Level 5 and above
2011
2012
2013
2014
 
88%
90%
80%
91%

Key Stage 4 - Years 9, 10 & 11

What will our pupils study?

At Key Stage 4 pupils have the option to study at GCSE Music.

  • At GCSE music pupils are assessed on both coursework and a formal listening examination
  • Unit 1 Listening and Appraising Music - 20%
  • Unit 2 Composing and Appraising Music - 20%
  • Unit 3 Performing Music - 40%
  • Unit 4 Composing Music - 20%
  • Pupils are expected to practice their own instrument outside of lessons as well as getting involved in a range of musical activities both in and out of school

Curriculum Overview

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?

Key Stage 4 Results - Music
A*-C pass rate 2013 2014
  N/A N/A

What can it lead to?

  • The Music Industry
  • Teaching
  • The Entertainment Industry

Music is generally regarded as an asset in most professions.

Accommodation & Resources

Music is taught in one main subject specialist room the room which includes: 16 iMac's running Logic pro 9 software with midi controller keyboards, full class set of acoustic guitars, percussion, recorders, professional PA system. Pupils are welcome to use their own instruments within lesson to improve their understanding and attainment.

3 practice rooms equipped with a variety of acoustic pianos, acoustic drum kits, electronic keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars.

1 music store room for pupil musical equipment and a wide variety of school orchestral and percussion instruments.