The music department is responsible for helping all children understand and enjoy music. It assists in discovering and nurturing musical talent. Every child will have the opportunity to develop their potential for musical expression through exploration, experimentation and enrichment. Our music program has creative, cultural, aesthetic and academic values that complete and further the educational and social values of the quality education Kingsley Academy strives to provide.
Teachers of Music
Ms C Quinn Larkin - Director of Creative and Performing Arts Faculty
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, students learn the rudiments of music theory and apply these through a number of different practical activities. Students will complete both practical and written assessments each half term, and will write extended essays in order to practise analysis skills necessary at Key Stage 4 and beyond.
Students in year 7 start learning the building blocks of music performance
and composition through understanding the elements of music.
Each element is then used to compose and perform pieces.
Students compose music using keyboards and, later in the year, using sequencing
software in our Mac suite. In addition to using the instruments in the department, students
have ample opportunities to perform vocally.
Students in year 8 develop the skills they have learned in year 7. Throughout the year, they will perform and compose pieces of music from different periods of time and from different cultures, for example, African drumming, ragtime, rap.
In the spring and summer terms, students will have the opportunity to partake in the Arts Award Bronze, further details on this are listed below.
Students in year 9 begin to prepare for study at KS4. The programme for year 9 is directly linked with the core skills needed for both GCSE Music and Btec Performing Arts. In the autumn term, we focus heavily on understanding notation, both bass and treble, and applying this to some challenging performance pieces. In the spring term, we use this understanding and performance background as a spring board for completing the Arts Award (details below).
Arts Award Bronze/Silver
Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England working with ten regional Bridge organisations. Since its launch in 2005, the award has grown quickly and is now flourishing in arts centres, colleges and schools, community projects, libraries, galleries, local authorities, theatres, youth clubs and youth justice settings.
To achieve Bronze, a Level 1 national qualification, young people take part in a music concert performing as a soloist or in an ensemble, go to watch a music theatre performance, research their arts inspiration and share their skills by teaching Year 7. Bronze is available to young people aged 11 to 25.
Silver Arts Award, a Level 2 qualification, has two units
- Unit 1: arts practice
- Unit 2: arts leadership
Doing Silver involves achieving an arts challenge, reviewing arts events, researching artists and arts organisations, and delivering an arts leadership project with other people.
Young people need to plan their work with an adviser and keep a record by creating their own Arts Award portfolio. Young people can pick their own style of portfolio - this could be a diary, video, website blog - or something different altogether. Silver has been designed for young people aged 14 to 25.
Key Stage 4
Btec Performing Arts
Year 10 and 11 students are following the Btec Performing Arts course. The course is broken down into two compulsory units and one optional unit. In the optional unit, students can chose which production pathway they would like to focus on. Unit 1 is externally assessed, whereas Unit 2 and the optional unit are assessed in house and externally moderated.
Year 10 are currently working on Unit 2 and preparing for their performance which will take place early 2018 (date TBC) in which they will showcase not only their musical, acting and dancing skills, but their skills in stage management, lighting and sound, marketing and directing.
Year 11 are currently working on Unit 7 and are preparing a performance which will be complemented by the set, props, costume, lighting and sound-scapes they have designed and constructed.
Unit 1: Core - Individual Showcase
Unit 2: Core - Preparation, Performance and Production
Unit 7: Optional - Production Skills
Year 10 follow the Edexcel GCSE Music specification. The course is broken into 3 sections; composition, performance and listening and appraising.
Students are welcome to rehearse in the music practice rooms at lunch times and after school.
Below is a list of the trip the music department has arranged over the past 12 months and some of our upcoming trips too.
March 2017: 'Rebels and Records' , Victoria and Albert Museum
March 2017: 'Mother Africa', Sadlers Wells Theatre
May 2017: 'The Addams Family', New Wimbledon Theatre
June 2017: 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas', Northern Ballet at Richmond Theatre
July 2017: 'Annie', Piccadilly Theatre
September 2017: 'Girl from the North Country', The Old Vic
December 2017: 'A Christmas Carol', The Old Vic
January 2018: 'Wicked, Apollo Theatre
The following trips will be taking place over the rest of the year, and details of any other trips will be included here too.
March 2018: 'Crazy for You', New Wimbledon Theatre
March 2018: 'Fanny and Alexander', The Old Vic
March 2018: 'Aladdin', Prince Edward Theatre
May 2018: 'Matthew Bourne's Cinderella', New Wimbledon Theatre
June 2018: 'Legally Blonde the Musical', New Wimbledon Theatre