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Music

THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT

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 7-9 you have two Music lessons per fortnight and you will study:

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 and the Media – you learn how music can help to sell products and will create your very own advert and jingle.

Theme and Variations – you will develop your musical skills through experimenting with, and changing, well-known pieces of music.

Song Writing – you will discover how songs are written, developed and performed in the world of pop music.

Anthems – you will work in groups to discover what an anthem really is and will compose your own.

The Blues – you will discover the history of Blues music through composing and performing.

Knocking on Heaven’s Door – performing a well-known song using keyboards, guitars, drums and vocals

Music for Mood and Effect – how does music create the right mood and how does it make you feel?

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

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

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

What will I study?

You will perform music on your chosen instrument or voice, in any style you choose.  You will also gain experience in composing music in different genres.  You will also study different types of music such as Dance Music and Music for Film as well as a number of other styles.

How will I be assessed?

You will have assessed coursework tasks in performing and composing which count for 60% of your grade.  You will also have a 45 minute practical exam in which you will develop a short piece based on a given stimulus (15%) and a listening exam in the summer of Year 11 which will test your listening skills (25%).

Do I need any special qualifications or skills?

You MUST be able to play an instrument or sing.  This course will allow you to develop your performing skills.

What will this course lead to?

Music is all around us.  It affects our moods and emotions and is an exciting art form.  Therefore, the subject can be taken at GCSE to develop enjoyment of music but, at the same time, it is a course that could lead to further musical study in sixth form and careers including teaching, radio, television and of course, performing or composing music.

Do I need any special equipment?

You do not need any special equipment but, if you play an instrument, you will need to use it to practice both in and out of school to develop your performance and composition work.

Extra-curricular Music

In the Music Department, we run a number of activities.  We are heavily involved in the preparation of the annual School Production and also run ensembles each week for pupils to take part in.  These include Greenwood Vocals, a vocal group who perform a wide variety of songs in different styles and genres, and the Greenwood Ensemble which is an instrumental group open to anyone who plays an instrument in or out of school.

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!