Head of Department: Miss E Sahakian
Faculty Staff: Mr J Wildridge
Level of teaching: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 at The New Sixth
As a Catholic College whose missions and values are underpinned by the Christian faith, our primary aim in the Music Department is the promotion of the human person. We believe that each student is uniquely gifted and intelligent, with the dignity of a child of God. Our purpose as a Department is to unfold and nurture the gifts and intelligence of each student, enabling them to flourish as rounded individuals.
In studying Music, students gain a variety of practical and creative thinking skills that will help to prepare them for life-long learning. Students are challenged to constantly integrate the doing, the thinking, and the feeling, and to grow in confidence and self-esteem.
Music is a distinct art form with its own history, body of knowledge, aesthetic values, and cultural contexts that can help students to gain an understanding of the world they inhabit. We aim through Music to enable students to respect other people. Students develop their understanding of the Gospel Values, explore their own identity and express their responses. Students are encouraged to reflect upon the work of the department and act as ambassadors in the wider community.
We are committed to making our lessons relevant, interesting and filled with enthusiasm in order to inspire students and strive for excellence. The quality of teaching and learning in Music will develop students’ sense of personal fulfillment and help them to achieve a positive sense of self.
In Music, students are encouraged to work well with others and shine to achieve personal goals. We are committed to making our lessons relevant and interesting in order to develop and encourage our student, in which we strive for excellence to meet and exceed our targets.
The quality and the content of teaching and learning in Music will prepare students for life after St Gregory’s, in whatever form that may take.
- Drum Kit & Percussion
Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)
Key Stage 3 Music has been designed to encourage all students to develop in a safe environment, a wide range of musical skills through the study and appreciation of music from many styles, and cultures. The key areas of focus throughout the course are Performance, Composition and Listening/Appraising Music. This balance enables every student the opportunity to gain an insight into a variety of musical genres as well as develop crucial skills in which to prepare for furthering their musical studies at Key Stage 4.
Year 7 Overview
- ‘Introduction’ – Elements of Music, Sibelius 7 Software, Whole Class Singing.
- ‘Programme Music’ – music that tells a story!
- ‘Latin Beat’ – whole class Samba Band with focus on Rio de Janeiro!
- ‘Instruments of the Orchestra’ – from their early beginnings to the present day!
- Gospel – the history and development of Gospel songs.
- ‘The Folk Tradition’ – an insight into folk music from around the world
Year 8 Overview
- ‘Music for Special Occasions’ – how to write music for that specific occasion!
- ‘Adverts/Jingles’ – writing music for the media
- ‘African Beat’ – Djembe and the Drumming Circle!
- ‘Polyrhythm into Minimalism’ – how the small ideas create something incredible!
- ‘Reggae’ – from its early beginnings, stylistic features and of course…Bob Marley.
- ‘4-Chord Songs’ – how chords have shaped the music we listen to!
Year 9 Overview
- ‘Blue Notes’ – a detailed insight into the world of Jazz & Blues
- ‘Live Lounge’ – Students choose a popular song and follow the concept of Musical Futures, working in an ensemble or as a soloist.
- ‘Sounds of The City’ – Music inspired by the city of London. Students look at music by ‘The Kinks’, Dizzie Rascal and Handel.
- ‘Film Music’ – listening, performing and composing music for a given genre of Film.
- ‘Radio’ – looking at the music industry and creating a radio show.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)
Course Code: GCSE Music Edexcel 1MU0
Exam Board Specification: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/music-2016.html
This course encourages students to become effective and independent learners and critical and reflective thinkers. It allows the use of music technology in performance and as a compositional tool. It is a good preparation for further musical study and provides a foundation for Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced GCE in Music and Music Technology.
This course aims to: –
- Encourage students to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study;
- Develop broader life skills and attributes, including critical and creative thinking, aesthetic sensitivity, emotional awareness, cultural understanding, self-discipline, self-confidence and self-motivation;
- Enable students to engage actively in the study of music;
- Develop musical skills and interests, including the ability to make music individually and in groups;
- Enable students to understand and appreciate a range of different kinds of music.
A wide range of musical styles will be encountered throughout the course, which will be divided between practical and written study. The course is divided into three units.
Unit 1 – Performing Music
One solo and one ensemble performance.
Unit 2 – Composing Music
Two compositions, or two arrangements,
One composition and one arrangement.
Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)
Course Code: A Level Music Edexcel 9MU0
Exam Board Specification: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/music-2016.html
This course is intended to be stimulating and enriching for students and to provide an excellent basis for life-long learning, higher education courses and progression into the music profession. At both AS and A2 Levels, students experience and further enhance their knowledge in all three main musical disciplines; performing, composing and listening and understanding.
Unit 1: Performing Music. This unit gives students the opportunities to perform as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble. Teachers and students can choose music in any style. Any instrument(s) and/or voice(s) are acceptable as part of a six minute assessed performance. Notated and/or improvised performances may be submitted.
Unit 2: Composing. This unit encourages students to develop their composition skills leading to the creation of two two-minute pieces in response to a chosen brief.
Unit 3: Appraising. This unit focuses on listening to familiar and unfamiliar music and understanding how it works. Set works from the anthology provide the focus for the first two sections, through listening and studying scores.
Unit 1: Performing Music. This unit gives students opportunities to extend their performance skills as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble. Teachers and students can choose music in any style. Any instrument(s) and/or voice(s) are acceptable as part of a 12-15 minute assessed performance of a balanced programme of music.
Unit 2: Composing. This unit has two sections: composition and technical study. The composition section further develops students’ composition skills. The technical study section builds on the knowledge and awareness of harmony. The total time across both submissions must be six minutes.
Unit 3: Appraising. This unit focuses on listening to music, familiar and unfamiliar, and understanding how it works.
For more information on A Level Music, click here.
Enrichment and Links:
Musical Activities outside the classroom:
- Music tours
- Participation in the Mid-Somerset Music Festival every year (solo instrumentalists and ensembles)
- Regular performances/masses/liturgies with local primary schools
- Projects/links with Three Ways School
- Opportunity for all students to participate in a musical ensemble (Orchestra, Choirs, Big Band, Flute Group, Brass Group)
- Music Theory Club
- Whole-school productions – Sweeney Todd December 2015, Miss Saigon 2016
- Three main music concerts per year