Ms C McKinlay
Assistant Headteacher acting Head of Music
|Mrs A Hanford||Teacher of Music|
Introduction to the Department
The Music Department is at the heart of the school’s Catholic ethos and culture of academic success and community involvement.
Music is taken very seriously by our students and the practice rooms are always full during break and lunchtimes with students rehearsing their class work. The department is extensively resourced with a dedicated facilties equipped with the latest software for composing and a range of musical instruments.
The department runs an extensive extra-curricular programme including 3 Choirs, String Ensemble, Folk Band, Jazz Band, Guitars and Ukuleles, and Orchestra and Rock School. Over 150 students are currently involved in some form of extra-curricular music. There is at least one formal concert every term taking place in the Theatre and Liturgy space as well as a large concert in a professional venue. Biannually, over 50 students take part in a week long international concert tour where a massed choir and orchestra perform 3 concerts to the local public.
The Music Department work alongside the Drama Department to put on a school musical biannually and provide music for “straight” plays too. The department contributes regularly to masses, liturgies, worship sessions and the school’s annual open air Feast Day Mass and Carol Service.
Key Stage 3 Information
All students have an hour of music a week and follow a practical-based music-making curriculum covering the skills of composition, performance and analysis. Musical genres include Blues, Classical, Reggae, Rock, Samba, Minimalism and Film.
Key Stage 4 Information
GCSE Music is a popular option and we follow the EDEXCEL syllabus where the coursework element consists of two compositions and two performances. There is also a 90-minute listening exam at the end of the course which covers a number of pieces from a broad range of styles.