- The curriculum provides opportunities for all students, regardless of ability or background, to perform and evaluate their own musical compositions. The curriculum provides opportunities for students to participate in music events, both inside and outside of School and take part in public performances.
- Students will acquire knowledge of musical theory through homework that links with their practical work. All learners will develop their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement. Students will become aware of the vast range of musical instruments from many cultures and their influences on music past and present.
- The curriculum gives our students the knowledge and understanding to go forward and prepare them for a career in the music industry.
In year 7 students will be learning about;
- The Elements of Music, Latin Music and Computer Gaming Music.
- All students at KS3 will enjoy performance using Keyboards, Guitars, Ukuleles, Djembe drums and Voice. Extra Curricular activities include School Choir, Music Tech Club and Pop Groups.
- The Durham Music Service provides lessons in Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums and Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone.
- All students will take x2 1 hour listening tests during each academic year. They will also be assessed through performance and composition work.
In year 8 students will be learning about;
- The music of Africa, Reggae and Dance music.
In year 9 students will be learning about;
- British pop music, Minimalism & Film Music
In year 10 students study the RSL Music Practitioners course (level 2).
This course provides vocationally relevant courses in popular music,which allow for progression into higher levels of study and/or the music industry. They focus upon the recognition of achievement through the acquisition of knowledge and practical musical skills.
The units covered include’
- 201ta - Music Knowledge Development
- 204ta - Instrumental Study.
- 202ta - Live Music Performance.
In Year 11 students study AQA Music. The units of work include;
Understanding music, Performing music and Composing music.
The Composing music unit is worth 30%
The Performance unit is worth 30%
The Understanding unit is worth 40%
This is a 2 year course and students will learn about Western Classical Music, Pop Music, Gaming Music, Haydn’s Clock Symphony and The Beatles.
This normally includes Google Classroom Quizzes to consolidate learning in the classroom at KS3. In KS3 students will be expected to work on projects and music technology at home using Bandlab software.