Curriculum Statement – Music
Lead Teacher: Mrs J Brennan
The Power of Music
Musical learning can be separated into three disciplines: Performing, Composing and Appraising. Through these three areas, the music curriculum aims to develop not only musical skills but also many life skills that will enable students to succeed in future life and employment.
Through the music curriculum, students will develop their understanding of the structure and language of music, and of the history and cultural context of different musical styles. They will encounter a range of musical styles. Students will develop performance and composition skills and develop their creativity.
As well as gaining music-specific skills which will enable them to study the subject at a higher level and pursue musical careers, students develop a range of personal attributes life skills, including:
- Listening and aural processing skills
- Social skills, collaborative working and interpersonal skills.
- Personal skills of problem solving, creativity, flexibility, perseverance, resilience, organisation, time management
- Self-awareness, self-evaluation, self-esteem and self-confidence.
Above all of this, the music curriculum offers students the opportunity to experience the sheer power and joy of participating in music together.
The curriculum is structured around the three disciplines of Performing, Composing and Appraising. It is designed to develop theoretical and practical skills from year 7 to ensure students have the necessary skills and knowledge to progress in their musicianship.
In years 7 and 8, students explore a variety of musical styles and genres, developing and refining their musical skills in the three disciplines in a fairly integrated way.
Year 9 is a year of transition. The three disciplines of performance, composition and appraising are taught in an increasingly discrete manner as they develop more specialist skills for each area.
Through years 10 and 11, the students continue to work on their musical skills, explore their individual interests, develop their strengths and find their own creative style.
Co Curriculum Enrichment
The extra-curricular music programme supports musicianship in students of all backgrounds and abilities. Lessons, both individual and group, are available in a variety of instruments. The cost of some lessons has been subsidised by a local charity, which ensures tuition is accessible to all students. Furthermore, some musical instruments have been made available for loan by local music groups and charities.
There are music ensembles which allow students to develop their performance skills and share the enjoyment of playing together. These include the school band and a singing group. Other ensembles, often formed by the students themselves, are given opportunities to rehearse together at breaks and lunchtimes.
The band and singing group are open to performers of all abilities, with students being encouraged to take on harder parts as they develop their skills, as well as to play a greater role in leading and organising the group.
There is a variety of opportunities for performance, including the Christmas Fair, Carol Service, Senior Citizens’ Party and the joint drama and music showcases and productions. Students of all abilities are encouraged to perform at the annual musical celebration.