Music is taught throughout the school and encourages students to develop their musical potential by focusing on the three fundamental activities of performing, composing and listening.
At KS3 our young people have the opportunity to develop their music potential through improvising, composing and performing music. They explore and combine music elements, and are taught basic music notation and keyboard skills. Students also listen to a wide and varied choice of music and are tested to ascertain what they have learned and understood.
The course for Years 11 & 12 prepares pupils for CCEA GCSE Music. All pupils who can sing or play any instrument are eligible to participate in this course and it is suitable for everybody who enjoys music – listening to music, composing, playing an instrument or using music technology.
Students explore contrasting music from a range of contexts, for example classical, pop, film and traditional Irish music. This deepens their appreciation of the diverse heritage of music. It also promotes their personal, social, intellectual and cultural development.
Through the performance element of the course, students develop the skills they need to communicate effectively as musicians. This increases their self-confidence and enhances their presentation, communication and evaluation skills. The opportunity to write their own music lets them be creative.
Progression pathways include further study, for example GCE in Music, and a career in performance, composing, teaching, music production, sound engineering, or instrument making and repair. Related career areas include arts management and music journalism.
Pupils are encouraged to participate in activities outside the classroom. Currently the following groups meet weekly as follows:
- Student-led Senior Ukulele Group – Tuesday after school
- Junior Ukulele Group – Wednesday 7B Lunch
- School Choir – Thursday after school
We also have a range of instrumental lessons available.
Mrs G Mercer – Head of Music
Visiting Instrumental Staff:
Mr R Clinton – Brass
Mr M Hewitt – Guitar
Miss S Graham – Violin & Piano