The music curriculum aims to support students develop a love and passion for music as well as enabling student to develop creativity. We believe in learning by doing and therefore our projects revolve around practical music making.
Key music strands which are developed:
• PERFORMANCE: Perform, learn to sing and to use their voices, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
• COMPOSITION: To create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
• APPRAISAL: understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
Key skills that students will learn:
• To play and perform confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts using their voice, playing instruments musically, fluently and with accuracy and expression. Instruments taught as a class include keyboard, percussion, drum kits, guitars and bass guitars.
• To improvise and compose; and extend and develop musical ideas by drawing on a range of musical structures, styles, genres and traditions.
• To use a range of relevant notations including TAB, chord boxes and standard notation, appropriately and accurately in a range of musical styles, genres and traditions.
• To use a range of resources in order to create music, specifically looking at how computers can be used to manipulate live sound and generate whole tracks.
• To identify and use the elements of music expressively and with increasing control and sophistication using different tonalities, types of scales and other musical devices.
• To listen with increasing discrimination to a wide range of music from great composers and musicians.
• To develop a deepening understanding of the music that they perform and to which they listen, and its history.