Music

The Music Department
The Music departments vision is to ensure that all students can access music, in a way they feel comfortable and be encouraged to make the progress they are capable, each and every lesson.
We don’t just sit at keyboards and play songs – we have a wide selection of percussive instruments, whole class sets of acoustic guitars and ukuleles, and we sing too!

Facilities
Housed in 3 separate teaching rooms, with a host of practice rooms, the music department have 2 traditional classrooms and 1 music technology studio with recording studio.
Our traditional classrooms house 20 Yamaha PSR-E343 keyboards, a Yamaha Clavinova, and class sets of acoustic guitars and ukuleles.
Our practice rooms also contain Yamaha Clavinovas as well as Yamaha PSR-E343 keyboards. We also have a dedicated Drum Room which houses a Yamaha kit and amplifiers for electric guitars and basses.
Our Music Technology studio has 18 iMacs running OSX Sierra, Logic Pro X and Sibelius 8.
At our Sixth Form site on Rouncil Lane, we have a further 11 iMacs with running the same OSX and software.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum
Each half termly project we run throughout each year, focuses on the key musical skills of performing, composing and appraising music.
Students are encouraged to bring and use their own instruments as well as being encouraged to use the wider classroom instruments too.
We also operate a rooming rotation system where each Key Stage 3 class has 2 half terms in our Music Technology Suite as well as use of our other teaching rooms.

In Year 7, our projects are: Baseline Testing (theory and performance)  Introduction to Music Technology (in the music technology suite) Pentatonic Composition (in the music technology suite) Ode to Joy and Orchestral Instruments (performing, theory and listening skills), Ukulele Skills (performing skills) and Rhythm and The Elements (performing, composing and appraising).
 

In Year 8, our projects are: Lean On Me (ensemble performing) Indian Music (composition in the music technology suite) Jungle Boogie (arrangement skills in the music technology suite) See You Again (ensemble performing) Fur Elise (performing skills) and Melody and Chords (composing skills)

In Year 9, our projects are: 7 Years (ensemble performance), Music Through The Ages (musical performance) The Blues (ensemble performing and composition) Club Dance Music (composition in the Music Technology suite), Film Music (composition in the Music Technology suite) and the Band Performance.


 

 

 

 

 

Key Stage 4
We follow the GCSE syllabus from the Eduqas. The course is broken down into 3 components. Performing (30%), Composing (30%) and a listening exam (40%).

Composing: Two compositions with a combined duration of between 3 – 5 minutes. One composition is a ‘free’ composition. The second is in response to an Eduqas set composition brief. The brief is released by the exam board in the September of the academic year of examination.

Performing: Candidates need to compile a portfolio of performances of between 4 minutes and 30 seconds and 6 minutes. Performances should be of Grade 3 standard. Included in the duration of the portfolio, there needs to be an ensemble performance of at least 1 minute.

Listening Exam: There is a 75-minute listening exam where candidates will be tested on their aural discrimination skills. As part of the examination, there are 2 set works (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik 3rd Movement by Mozart and Since You’ve Been Gone by Rainbow).
 

Further course information can be found using the hyperlink below:

http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/music/gcse/
                               
Key Stage 5 
Music
Our Music students follow the 2 year Eduqas A Level course. 60% of the grade is coursework, with the remaining 40% being exam and content based.
There are 2 symphonic set works that are studied in detail (Haydn 104 and Mendelssohn 4), as well as units in Musical Theatre, 21st Century Music and a musical overview of the Development of the Symphony from 1750 – 1900.

Further course information can be found using the hyperlink below:

http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/music/as-a-level/

 

 

Music Technology
Our Music Technology students follow the two year Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sound Engineering, which is equivalent to 1 A Level. There is a combination of internal and externally marked components. In total, there are 5 units to complete, 2 of which are compulsory. The remaining 3 selected in line with the musical interest of the cohort.

Further course information can be found using the hyperlink below:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Nationals/Music-Technology/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/BTEC-L3-Nat-ExtCert-Music-Tech-Spec.pdf

 

 

Extra Curricular.
We provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities within the department.
 

 

Registration Time

Lunchtime

After School

Monday

 

Brass Ensemble

Upper 14 at 12.40pm – 1.15pm

Nota Bella Girls’ Choir.

Lower School Hal at 3.40pm – 4.45pm

Tuesday

Sixth Form Male Vocal Group in Music Room

Music GCSE coursework

String Orchestra

Upper School Hall at 3.45pm – 4.45pm

Wednesday

Key Stage 4 Male Vocal in Upper 13

 

Symphony Orchestra

Upper School Hall at 3.45pm 0 4.45pm*

Thursday

 

 

Jazz Combo*

Upper 13 at 3.45pm – 4.45pm

Friday

 

Music GCSE Coursework

Music GCSE coursework

 

 

*Winter and Spring Term only

Instrumental Tuition
Our instrumental music tuition is provided by Warwickshire Music Hub (formally known as the County Music Service). We have 13 specialist instrumental teachers who visit the school on a weekly basis and provide tuition for Brass, Woodwind, Strings, Percussion and Voice. As the host school for the Central Warwickshire Music Centre, we offer a strong working partnership with Warwickshire Music Hub and as a department we look forward to continuing this partnership into the future.
For further information on the Warwickshire Music Hub, where you can find information about the hire of musical instruments, as well as their ensembles, which a large number of our students contribute to:

https://www.warwickshiremusichub.org

Performances
The Music department prides itself on the quality of our performances. We perform an Annual Christmas Concert, a Spring Concert and a Summer Chamber Music concert.
In addition to this, we are regularly asked to perform at public events including the Mayor’s Civic Service, Carols at the (Kenilworth) Castle as well as performances in association with Kenilworth Lions. In June 2019, we will be embarking on a tour to Austria