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Music

Music is a practical and creative subject which focuses on developing, performing and composing skills to enable students to become successful musicians both inside and outside the classroom.

Students explore a range of genres of music as well as music from different cultures through performing, composing and listening activities. In addition to this, students are given frequent opportunities to evaluate their own skills and those of their peers.

At KS4 we teach NCFE Level 3 Music Technology and GCSE Music (AQA)

Staff:

Director of Learning for Music: Louise Cavanagh

Teacher of Music: Charlotte Campbell-Ryan

We also have visiting instrumental teachers who teach GCSE Music students and other students from across the key stages:

Teacher of Piano: Roger Davison

Teacher of Piano: John Ward

Teacher of Drum Kit: Jamie Paine

Teacher of Voice: Camilla Cutts

Teacher of Voice: Elizabeth Menezes

Teacher of Guitar: Rob Paterson

Facilities: We have excellent facilities in the Music department, including two large music classrooms with a wide range of musical instruments, a recording studio and control room, 2 iMac suites, a set of iPads and practice rooms which are equipped with instruments and play back facilities. We also have access to a state of the art PA system in the Acorn Theatre which is used for the BTEC Music Level 3 course and for school performances.

 Successes:

  • Consistently strong results at GCSE and Level 3 BTEC Music.
  • Increasing uptake at Key Stage 4 for Music Technology and GCSE Music
  • High quality performances at school events and beyond the school environment
  • Large numbers of students taking instrumental lessons during the school week
  • We are an NCFE approved centre