Curriculum Statement - Music
“Music . . . can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable.” – Leonard Bernstein
“Music is … A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy” – Ludwig van Beethoven
Powerful Knowledge in Music
Music can be separated into three different disciplines – performing music, composing music, listening & appraising music. The three branches of music are taught and developed together with the aim to build personal skills that students can draw upon to succeed in music lessons and beyond school life, in future employment. The core principles that are developed include: problem solving, perseverance, diligence, team work, time management, organisation, responsibility, cultural history, listening skills, confidence, social skills, discipline, self-evaluation, interpersonal skills, sense of achievement. Students are encouraged to assess and appraise each other’s work in order to develop and enhance their performances.
Opportunities are embedded for students to be able to hone and develop the practical aspects of performance and composition, but equally important is the ability to understand how the development of life skills, such as confidence, self-awareness, perseverance and discipline give them a holistic experience that they can take beyond their musical studies.
Key concepts and skills are taught in a holistic way from Year 7 upwards. Theoretical concepts are embedded and contextualised through practical performing tasks and composition work. The curriculum is designed to raise expectations and standards from the start of key stage three and ensure that musical knowledge is being understood both practically and theoretically. In all key stages, students will study a wide range of musical genres and through these different cultures and styles will explore, develop and refine their musical skills.
Co Curriculum Enrichment
The extensive extra-curricular music programme enables and supports musicianship in students of varying abilities, giving opportunities for students to experience a wide variety of genres and musical ensembles. As well as all-inclusive ensembles for mixed ability students who want the enjoyment of performing with others and developing their musical skills, such as Pop Choir, Orchestra, and School of Rock we also have a more advanced musical groups such as Senior Choir and Soul Band which is invitation only for students who excel and show an aptitude for music. These ensembles are able to challenge the students and prepare them for further studies in the field. These clubs/events are not only to encourage enjoyment in the arts but also for students to learn about professional expectations and performance discipline. Students are also able to apply to become a Music Leader, taking on a leadership role within the department and developing their own musical skills as well as supporting younger students with their music making.
Students begin their key stage three studies by developing an understanding of music theory and notation through the study of a singing and a wide range of musical instruments.
This is built upon through an understanding of harmony and chords with students completing group and solo performances.
Students study the WJEC GCSE specification. This develops students understanding from both a practical and theoretical basis.
Further detail is available on the exam board website below