Subject Leader – Mrs Peacock (Performing Arts)
Music Teacher – Miss Tompkins

The department consists of one large teaching classroom and 3 practice rooms, which are available for students to use to rehearse their instrument upon request.
Instrumental lessons are also available from our external providers: TVMS and private tutors. Lessons are currently available on- Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Voice, Trumpet, Horn and Trombone. If we do not currently offer your instrument of choice please contact the department. Extra-curricular activities include our Music Theory group.

Key Stage 3 Music overview:
Key stage 3 Music is designed to allow students to develop their knowledge of music through the 3 key music disciplines: Performance, Composition, and Listening and Appraising. Students will explore music from many different composers, genres and traditions during the three years.
Possible homework tasks and useful sites:
Research tasks, and Self-assessment evaluation tasks as a follow up to a practical task/scheme of work/end of unit.;;

Year 7
To gain experience, understanding and knowledge of many musical styles and techniques. To explore students understanding of music through composition, performance and analytical listening.
Topics include:
The Elements of Music, Introduction to the Keyboard, Musicals, and Moods in Music.

Year 8
To gain experience, understanding and knowledge of a variety of musical styles and techniques. To enable students to further develop their understanding through composition, performance and analytical listening.
Topics include:
Theme and Variation, Music and the Media, Around the world in Music, Orchestras, and Introduction to Pop.

Year 9
To progress students’ abilities in performing, composing and the understanding of musical theory. To develop the understanding of theory needed for success in GCSE Music.
Topics include:
Pop into Parody, Film, The Jazz ‘n’ Blues and Ukulele melodies

GCSE Music (Year 10 and 11)
To appraise, develop and demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of musical elements, musical context and musical language.
Students follow the AQA Syllabus for Music. The course consists of units in Performing, Composing, Listening and Appraising with one exam at the end of the course. A wide range of music is studied including four set works, one from each of the four Areas of Study as below:
1 Western classical tradition 1650 – 1910
2 Popular music
3 Traditional music
4 Western classical tradition since 1910.
Possible homework tasks and useful sites:
Regular practice of voice/instrument in addition to their instrumental lessons. Preparation work, evaluation of controlled assessment time; Opportunities to attend concerts; Expectation to be involved in extracurricular music in school
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For more information about the music curriculum please contact Mrs Peacock.