The Music department believes that Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Music forms part of an individual’s identity and positive interaction with music can develop pupils’ competence as learners and increase their self-esteem. Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of the culture, past and present, music helps pupils understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.
Music education encourages active involvement in different forms of music-making, both individual and communal, helping to develop a sense of group identity and togetherness. Music can influence pupils’ development in and out of school by fostering personal development and maturity, creating a sense of achievement and self-worth, and increasing pupils’ ability to work with others in a group context.
Music learning develops pupils’ critical skills: their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of music, and to make judgements about musical quality. It also increases self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.
At Key Stage 3, students follow a comprehensive scheme of work based on the UK National Curriculum guidelines. The music classroom is stocked with electric keyboards, guitars and percussion instruments to enable students to compose and perform. Singing is also taught and students learn to listen to and appraise a variety of styles of music.
Outside the classroom, there are opportunities for developing musical skills in after-school clubs. Those who wish to perform can join the choir for special occasions and take part in the annual musical production. This academic year saw year 7 and 8 students give an excellent and lively performance of "Cinderella Rockerfella" Several informal music ensembles have also sprung up recently, with students using their break times to practice in the music room.
After year 9, students can choose music as an IGCSE option, to further develop their own skills and musical interests. Music at IGCSE level is a universally acknowledged sign of excellence which informs universities about students who have something extra to offer outside the normal academic requirements.