Music

The Department is  a venue for a special visit by a visiting examiner of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music: students can take their examinations in school in December and May every year.”

Staff

  • Ms A. Jury Subject Leader – Music
  • Mrs R. Lee-Johnson

The Music Department is situated in the Cedars building. The Departmental staff are Ms A. Jury (TLS) and Mrs R. Lee-Johnson. The Department runs courses through KS3, KS4 (GCSE) and KS5 AS and A2 level. The Department runs  The Junior Singers (Year 7 and 8 only), the Upper School Choir (Year 9 upwards) and the School Band (open to all students). These groups play in a number of concerts each year: the Lion Concert, the Spring and Summer concerts. Furthermore the Department also organises a GCSE / A level concert and a Junior House Music and Poetry Competition every year. The Department is also a venue for a special visit by a visiting examiner of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music: students can take their examinations in school in December and May every year.

At KS4 the Department prepares students for the Edexcel board GCSE. Their study involves 4 modules : Structure in Western Classical Music 1600-1899; New Directions in Western Classical Music 1900 to the present day; Popular Music in Context and Rhythms and scales in music from around the World. Students must also give 2 Performances (1 x Solo; 1 x Ensemble) as well as produce a portfolio of 2 compositions. The only examination students must sit is a Listening examination.

AS and A2 music continue with the 3 components of Performing, Listening and Composing. This time, unlike at GCSE, the board OCR examine the Performing component by means of a visiting examiner. At AS students have to play Solo for 5-8 minutes on a first instrument as well as undertake a second option. At A2 however they must give a longer Recital (between 12-15 minutes). For the Composing part students must submit firstly a Techniques portfolio (for AS 6 pieces and undertake a 7th under supervision; for A2 a set of exercises e.g. 8 Bach Chorales) and a Composition/arrangement (AS – Composition or Lead sheet arrangement; A2 Words and Music assignment). As at GCSE the only formal examination is a Listening examination. However at KS5 students must consider some set works and some contextual essays.

Music Enrichment

Links

Further details of the KS4 and KS5 courses can be gained by visitng www.edexcel.org.uk and www.Ocr.org.uk respectively