Joanna Brennan is a graduate of Manchester University with a PGCE from Bretton Hall College, an arts college affiliated to the University of Leeds. A teacher for over twenty years, Joanna works as a secondary school music teacher and an independent instrumental teacher. In her spare time, Joanna loves to be involved in music, whether playing or listening.
Years 7 and 8
In years 7 and 8, we explore music from different times and places. Lessons are based on practical activities, with students learning about different musical styles by performing and composing their own music as well as listening to music. The students have the opportunity to play a variety of instruments in lessons, including keyboards, guitars and drums as well as singing a variety of songs.
Classes also have opportunities to listen to performances given by visiting musicians and sometimes to try out the instruments.
All students in years seven and eight take part in the Carol Service and have other opportunities to perform to one another and to a wider audience during the year, including the Senior Citizens’ concert and the End of Year Musical Celebration.
Years 9, 10 and 11
GCSE music is available as an option. We follow the AQA syllabus. The course consists of three components as follows:
Component 1. Understanding Music. (40% of final mark)
The students explore how the elements of music are used in different traditions and styles and study some examples of the musical styles in depth. This work is assessed in an exam lasting one and a half hours at the end of the course.
Component 2. Performing Music (30% of final mark)
The students prepare one solo and one group performance piece. These are teacher assessed and externally moderated.
Component 3. Composing Music (30% of final mark)
The students compose two pieces, one in response to a brief and the other, a free composition. This work is teacher assessed and externally moderated.
All students have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument at Settlebeck, and a very large number of our students are learning a variety of instruments in school. Currently, we offer lessons in drums, guitar, piano, singing, saxophone, clarinet, flute and trumpet. We will always try to arrange lessons in other instruments if they are requested.
Musical ensembles include a concert band, guitar and singing group and our musicians have regular opportunities to perform at school and community events.