Music is an important and valued subject within our school. The department engages students in music education in a way that suits their needs and interests through the use of modern technology and musical instruments. The department has a contemporary approach to musical studies and remains a place where students are encouraged to find their own musical expression.
Key Stage 3
The aim for key stage 3 is to introduce students to a range of musical experiences and equip them with practical skills and knowledge of the contemporary and traditional styles and their composers. Our music department has cultivated an environment in which students are excited to engage in music education. Alongside the national curriculum, we aim to provide students with a strong foundation of musical knowledge and experience so that they are prepared for music at KS4.
KS3 schemes of work
The elements of music, rhythm and notation, music and media, the blues, songwriting, podcasting, reggae, African drumming, composition, piano, soundscapes, musical history.
Key Stage 4
Our aim at KS4 is that students gain a wealth of knowledge and experience, in both music production and in performance.
The two streams of study mean that our students can choose to focus on either of the following qualifications:
Music Performance – NCFE Level 1 Performance Skills Using Music
This qualification is based on developing musical ability and will lead students to reflect on their own progress and set themselves targets. They keep video logs to document their own progress as well as a practice diary. They will work closely with a one to one instrumental tutor to ensure they are being challenged on their own instrumental ability.
Music Technology – NCFE Level 1&2 Music Technology
Music technology students will complete units that focus on the use of digital audio workstation and software such as Logic Pro. They will learn how to record live sound, mix and master tracks, multi-track record, work with sound synthesis, sampling, drum machines and sequencers. They will learn about professional roles and career opportunities within the music industry as well as cover units on music in media.
Working alongside Herts Music Service, one to one instrumental tuition is offered to all year groups and we are currently providing lessons in guitar, piano, singing, bass, and drums. We also offer grading exams through Rock School.
We offer students the opportunity to attend after school clubs and the department is open to years 9 - 11 in break times and lunch times so that they can practice and make use of our facilities.
Students are encouraged to take part in musical performance such as the Christmas concert, talent show, and school festival.
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