March 25, 2017

Music

“Music is a world within itself; it’s a language we all understand.”
Stevie Wonder

AIMS AND ETHOS
In Music, we encourage students to work independently to improve performance skills whilst also developing the ability to work as part of a team. Students will develop self – discipline, improve self – confidence and help them improve evaluation skills. We seek to provide a range of challenging and stimulating opportunities for students who want to further their musical knowledge and support them with an inclusive environment where students are safe to experiment with creative ideas. Students can be proud of the work that they produce and are encouraged to extend their learning by participating in the extra – curricular music activities provided by the school. Students are encouraged to experiment with a number of different musical instruments during lessons as well as developing a theoretical understanding of music.

Key Stage 3
Year 8 – Year 8 music lessons develop students listening, composition and performance skills through a variety of practical activities. Students will explore a wide variety of music including Indian, Blues, Rock and Roll, Musical Theatre and Gamelan. They will be encouraged to trial a number of instruments including the keyboard, the guitar, the xylophone, the glockenspiel and a selection of percussion instruments. Students are encouraged to perform their work every lesson in a safe and supported environment.

Year 9 – Students in year 9 will be assessed on their listening, performance and composition skills throughout the year. Students will experience a wide variety of musical styles including Popular Song, Film Music and Western Classical Music. Students will also participate in an ensemble performance developing their musicality when playing with other students. Year 9 lessons are predominantly practical sessions that engage and nurture student’s passion for music.

Key stage 4
BTEC Music Level 2
This course offers students an introduction to the music industry, developing skills in the areas of music performance, live sound engineering and managing a music product. Units 1&2 are core units and therefore mandatory. Students will also study Unit 3 – Introducing Live Sound and Unit 5 – Introducing Music Performance. Unit 1 is assessed externally whilst units 2, 3 and 5 are all assessed internally and verified externally by Pearson.

Unit 1: The Music Industry
This unit will allows students to gain a good understanding of the scope of the music industry with a view to getting work in and using the organisations that exist. Students will investigate music organisations to find out about the work they do and how they relate to and rely on one another. They will also be given the opportunity to find out about the people who work in these organisations, from performers to people who work in technical, production and administrative roles.

Unit 2: Managing a Music Product
This unit will enable students to manage the planning, delivery and promotion of a live concert, CD, or other music product. The success of this product will rely heavily on the planning and development process. It is important that different types of audience are understood and successful promotion is able to effectively engage these audiences. Student research should introduce them to elements of industry practice.

Unit 3: Introducing Live Sound
As a sound engineer, a student must be able to manage the technical requirements for an entire concert, such as festivals, concerts, shows, gigs, school events, charity fundraisers, open air events, theatre and small venue events. They will begin by considering the sound requirements of the venue. Students must ensure that there is sufficient amplification for the audience to enjoy the performance without exceeding safe sound limits. You must organise and direct sound checks and you must know how to use and operate equipment safely without causing injury to yourself or others.

Unit 5: Introducing Music Performance
Over the course of this unit, students will explore skills and make decisions as they prepare for performance. Planning and practising are both vital parts of a successful performance; students should be aware of when their performances are due to take place so that they are able to plan their preparation time. Students will be encouraged to choose their own pieces for performance to and they should keep a practice/production log that details how they have improved over the duration of the unit.