There is a lively BTEC course for those who wish to continue their studies into KS4. This course enables students to develop their performing ability on a specific instrument/voice. They will learn to establish effective practice routines whilst tracking their progress and setting detailed targets for improvement. Students will also have the opportunity to work with other Performing Arts students in the preparation of a production. As well as coursework, there is a final exam for which students have to perform two solos and write a letter of application for a performing arts opportunity.
Music Curriculum.Facilites on offer:
2 specialist teaching rooms both equipped with interactive whiteboards and 15 Yamaha Keyboards.
5 Practice Rooms. A Recording Studio with 3 imac computers. 16 MacBooks with controller keyboards.
Instruments include: –
A set of Samba instruments
A set of African Drums
A classroom set of Xylophones
A range of electric and acoustic guitars
2 Drum Kits
A Classroom set of Ukuleles
|An Introduction to Music: – This unit introduces the essential strands of Music: Listening, Performing, Composing & Appraising through a variety of activities including vocal and keyboard work.||Exploring Great Musicians: - Based on the BBC’s 10 Pieces project, students will experience and investigate both traditional and modern music from a wide variety of composers. They will use this as a starting point for their own compositions.||Swing: – Performing a Jazz riff and learning to improvise through the study of Swing Jazz Music.|
|Dance Music: - An introduction to the Keyboard – Learning the notes and how to read music in order to perform two dance music classics.||Samba: – A whole class performance using real Samba instruments||Ukulele: - Students will learn the basic playing techniques on this increasingly popular instrument. In order to create a whole class performance|
|African Drumming Performance: – A whole class performance which explores the rhythms of Africa and the performing techniques needed to play the djembe.||3D Music: – Understanding chords and harmony through a keyboard performance and arrangement of Mad World.||Film Music: – An exploration of how music is used in film, culminating in the composition of a film soundtrack using MacBooks.|
|Unit 6: Mini Music Performance Skills: Students will explore and develop their music performance skills through participation in workshops and by developing their technique on a specific instrument. They will learn to analyse and evaluate their progress. These skills will then be used to prepare ensemble pieces that could be performed at the Christmas Showcase.||Unit 2 - Mini Preparation, Performance & Production: Students will explore all of the areas involved in putting on a show, from planning and rehearsing through to the final performance.||Unit 1 – Individual Showcase Exam Preparation: Students will prepare solo pieces based on a given theme. They will learn how to plan, practise and refine their work in readiness for an individual performance.|
|Introduction to the course. Audit of current skills, workshops and target setting.||Unit 6 – Complete the Music skills Unit.||Mock Exam for Unit 1 – Individual Showcase|
|Unit 6 - Music Performance Skills - Developing performing techniques & learning how to practise effectively. Students’ first performance opportunity will take place at the Performing Arts Showcase.||Unit 1 – Individual Showcase Prepare a letter of application for a Performing Arts opportunity and two solo audition pieces.||Unit 2 - Preparation, Production & Performance Start research on a performance project, chosen and planned by the students.|
|Unit 2 Preparation, Production & Performance This unit will be performed at the Performing Arts Showcase.||Unit 1 – Individual Showcase. Prepare for the final exam.||Final Exam|
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
Through Dance, Drama & Music, students experience a learning environment where they can develop spiritually, morally and socially whilst broadening their understanding of other cultures. We aim to nurture feelings of appreciation and inspiration; enabling students to experience, reflect upon and respond creatively to material drawn from a wide variety of traditions. For example, in yr 7 Music students explore the development and heritage of Samba in Brazil and in yr 8 they experience the musical communication of African Drumming. In Dance, students analyse and participate in a variety of World styles such as Bhangra, Samba & Street Dance.
Tasks across the three disciplines, allow students to consider their personal responses to different stimuli and situations, whilst also exploring the feelings of others. This can be seen in the Yr 8 Drama unit – Missing, which explores the dangers of the internet, whilst providing moral dilemmas of loyalty. Also Swan Song, in yr 7 Dance, which looks at the relationship between the imprisoned and their captor.
The Arts encourage students to develop their self-knowledge and self-confidence through exploration of themes, which are delivered and shared with a respectful audience. Participation and self-esteem are central to our lessons, the latter being further investigated in a Yr 7 Drama unit Status, which encourages students to understand how their body language and tone of voice can help to raise confidence. These subjects depend upon the ability to collaborate, tolerate, contribute and respect each other; values which are reiterated throughout lessons. Skills are exercised regularly through group work, whole class work and as individuals, when ideas must be shared, decisions made and compromises sought.
Curriculum Extension activities further develop the ideals and concepts initiated in the classroom, providing the opportunity to work within more diverse company, and to take on greater responsibility for the both the creative process and the outcome.
Musicals – recent productions have included Oliver! & We Will Rock You
School of Rock
Instrumental Tuition (There is a charge for this)