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The Music Department
Head of Department = Mrs C Hague
The Music department has one multi-purpose classroom with access to a variety of instruments and a suite of Mac’s with the latest sequencing and composing software. We also have a practice room where learners can receive instrumental and vocal lessons from visiting staff. The department aims to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
Learners in KS3 are assessed each half term on a variety of topics. There is a strong focus on practical skills throughout KS3, building in the key skills needed for the listening and appraising examination in KS4. The curriculum is broad and covers many different genres of music and a variety of skills in order to fully prepare learners for KS4 if they choose to take Music.
In KS4, learners will study BTEC Music. This course has a 1 hour written exam, with the remainder of the course assessing their practical skills.
Learners in KS3 will be assessed half termly to assess their progress against a particular skill. Learners in KS4 will be assessed on both their practical and written work each half term.
Learners are expected to complete homework from the selected menu each half term in KS3. Specific deadlines will be given to learners in lessons. In KS4, students will be given practical homework each week, where they must fill in a performance log to evidence this. They will also be issued with written homework.
Singing Group and Band Skills runs once a week after school for all learners led by Mrs Lund. There is also the opportunity for learners to use the practice room to develop their skills independently or in small groups.
Throughout the year a variety of enrichment opportunities take place. Notably we have the Christmas Concert which is held in December and the Big Sing event which is held in July.