MUSIC department

Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Music forms part of an individual´s identity and positive interaction with music can develop pupil´s competence as learners and increase their self-esteem. Music brings together intellect, reflection and emotional development.

At Key Stage 3 there are a variety of key concepts that underpin the study of music. These include the integration of practice; developing knowledge, skills and understanding through the integration of performing, composing and listening, a cultural understanding of music, creativity and a theoretical knowledge so as to advance their ability to perform when given a musical piece. Pupils should also be able to: perform with control of instrument specific techniques and musical expression practice, rehearse and perform with awareness of the different parts and improvise, explore and develop musical ideas when performing. Pupils will also learn the skills necessary to communicate ideas and feelings about music using expressive language and musical vocabulary to justify their opinions. Throughout the year, pupils will acquire the skills to adapt their own musical ideas and refine and improve their own and other’s work.

Technical skills are tackled too, and emphasis is placed on pupils being familiar with pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture and silence. In addition to this, pupils will be expected to grow in confidence when dealing with major and minor keys, atonality, modulation and different types of scales.

Miss. K. Yoxon
Teacher with responsibility for Music
Miss Helen Bradbury
Head of Art