Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way students feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development.

As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps students to understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and the wider world.

The teaching of music develops students’ ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality. It encourages active involvement in different forms of amateur music making, both individual and communal, developing a sense of group identity and togetherness. It also increases self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.

KS3 Music

In Years 7-8 you have one Music lesson a week and you will study:

The Elements of Music - you will develop an understanding of the elements of music and how to apply them to their work.

Programme Music – how can a piece of music tell a story or represent something? This unit will help you to find this out.

Vocal Music – looking at using voices to create a performance and understanding the concept of rhythm in music.

Music from around the world – how does music compare in different countries and cultures?

Film Music – you learn how music and media can work together and look at how music can be written for films.

Creating a Performance -you develop further the skills of performing and appraising through the elements of sound, with particular focus on rhythm, melody and harmonic vocabulary, which culminates in the performance of a well-known song.

Notation - this unit you learn to read music notation and the values of the notes.

Rap and Hip Hop - you use music technology to remix a piece of music and learn the key features of Rap and Hip Hop.

Samba - this unit uses traditional Samba instruments from Brazil, allowing you to develop your performing and listening skills and to discover a different musical culture.

Music is everywhere and affects everyone and that’s why we want you to enjoy it. It gives you valuable skills that you can use in all your other subjects, such as gaining confidence and improving your listening skills. Music also gives you a chance to develop your creative talents.

To make progress in Music you will need to:

  • Develop group work skills
  • Learn how to compose in a variety of styles of music
  • Perform your pieces to the rest of the class
  • Evaluate your own work and the work of others
  • Set yourself targets for improvement – your teacher will be able to help you with this at the end of each unit of work

Throughout the course, you will be assessed on:

  • Your listening skills
  • Your ability to rehearse successfully alone and in groups
  • Your final performance
  • The quality of your composition within your group

KS4 Music - BTEC Music

What is the outline of the course?

This practical and theoretical course will give you the opportunity to develop as a musician/ performer and gain an insight into how the music industry operates. You will study different aspects of music such as popular and contemporary music performance, technology, business, and instrumental and vocal lessons. One core unit (unit 1) which is externally assessed, with the other core unit (unit 2) and both optional units being assessed internally at school. All work is coursework and performance based. A mixture of written work, presentations, music/product creation and music performances will be expected of you. The assessment of practical units is continual and incorporates both rehearsals and performances. Academic units are through a combination of written assignments, presentations and group projects, such as organising a charity gig. You will be awarded a PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION for each of the 4 units. This will determine an overall grade at certification.

The structure of the course:

Unit 1 -The Music Industry -Exam

Unit 2 -Managing a Music Product- Coursework

Unit 5- Introducing Music Performance -Coursework

Unit 6- Introducing Music Recording- Coursework

Course entry requirements:

Currently having lessons on a musical instrument or vocal tuition.

Extra-curricular Music

In the Music Department, we run a number of activities. We run ensembles each week for pupils to take part in. These include Voice Academy, a vocal group who perform a wide variety of songs in different styles and genres, and the Greenwood Wind Band which is woodwind group open to anyone who plays a woodwind instrument. We also offer lessons on all instruments and voice within the school day. These lessons develop not only instrumental or vocal skills but confidence, musical understanding, memory, co-ordination, commitment, perseverance and many other important life-skills. Pupils are encouraged to take part in the regular musical evenings that we put on in school and many pupils are very keen to take up as many opportunities to perform as they can!