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Mr Craig Ratcliffe – Head of Music

Mr Nigel Beetles – Assistant Headteacher

Mrs Lenora Gaertner – Music Teacher

Peripatetic Teachers

Mr Owen James – Brass

Mrs Teresa Crick – Strings:

Mr Matthew McGuffie – Clarinet, Saxophone and Piano

Mrs Jane Bryan – Flute and Piano

Mr Edward Dennis – Percussion

Mr David Pipe – Organ

Mrs June Garbutt – Voice

Mr Adam Henfry – Guitar

Curriculum at Key Stage Three

At Key Stage 3, students study a wide range of topics which covers listening, composition and performance. The skills students learn aim to prepare them for GCSE and beyond, whilst engaging them in new styles of music and developing their own performance skills. Topics covered include Rhythm, The Blues, The Ukulele, Programme Music and basic theory skills.

Students can take up instrumental lessons of their own choice outside of the curriculum and take part in a junior musicians residential every year. There is also the opportunity to join a wide range of ensembles including Junior Choir and Junior Band.

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Key Stage 4 – Exam Board AQA

At Key Stage 4, students follow the AQA GCSE course which covers listening (40%), composition (30%) and performance (30%) with a listening/written exam in the final year of examination. Students study a wide range of topics throughout the course including Western Classical Music, The Music of the Beatles, Minimalism, The Blues and Jazz, Harmony and Melody Writing and many others.

Students will perform 2 pieces; an ensemble and solo piece as part of their examination which can be recorded at any time. They will also compose two compositions, one to a brief and one free choice which will be worked on throughout the 3 year GCSE course.

The listening exam at the end of Year 11 focuses on varying styles of music and extended questions which are based on Haydn’s Clock Symphony.

Students receive a free standard group instrumental or voice lesson as part of the curriculum and can take part in a wide range of ensembles including Guitar Group, Senior Choir, Jazz Orchestra and Concert Band. An international tour is undertaken every two years for all musicians. Previous tours include New York, Barcelona, Luchon and Malta.

Key Stage 5 – Exam Board AQA

At Key Stage 5, students follow the AQA full A Level course which covers listening (40%), composition (30%) and performance (30%) with a listening/written exam in the final year of examination. Students focus on composition and listening throughout the course as part of the curriculum, but also have to perform in a 10 minute recital in the final year of examination.

Students study the compulsory unit Western Classical Music, but can specialise in two other areas. Currently, these are Music for Media, covering the works of Bernard Hermann, Hans Zimmer and Michael Giaccino, followed by Music for Theatre which includes Rodgers and Hammerstein, Boubil and Schoenberg and Sondheim. Students will also study the music of Purcell, Mozart and various Romantic piano composers. Throughout the course, students look at 4 part harmony in the style of Bach and develop their composition skills through a wide range of composition assessments.

Students receive a free standard group instrumental or voice lesson as part of the curriculum and can take part in a wide range of ensembles including Guitar Group, Senior Choir, Jazz Orchestra and Concert Band. An international tour is undertaken every two years for all musicians. Previous tours include New York, Barcelona, Luchon and Malta.

 

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