MUSIC DEPARTMENT INFORMATION
RS is one of the most important subjects on the curriculum. RS reflects on questions we all face in the 21st century, questions which focus on the environment, equality, wealth and poverty and creation, attempting to find answers to the important questions of human life.
In RS lessons we study the views of Six Major religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We look at important aspects of a religious life and try to understand how religion influences personal decisions.
We develop critical thinking about the world and reflect on things we cannot prove, for example, the afterlife and religious experience. We look at a wide range of worldviews, both religious and non religious, to reflect on our own personal beliefs and to develop an appreciation of the differences and similarities between different communities around the world.
RS challenges us to be inquisitive, while also developing good listening skills and clear, analytical arguments in written work.
What to expect in Y7
Students develop skill, knowledge and understanding to be musician, through a series of practical units and keyboard topics. Whatever musical experience a student has had at primary school, we aim to build on this with an intensely practical course that includes singing, playing instruments such as keyboards, ukuleles, and guitars, composing, improvising and arranging music.
A firm understanding of the standard conventions of staff notation underpins all of the practical work undertaken.
Click here to listen to the work Year 7 students have been composing.
What to expect in Y8
In Year 8 students further develop their skills at performing, arranging, composing and listening. Students study a diverse range of units which include Electronic Dance Music, African Drumming, Space Flight and Samba music to name a few. Students level of theoretical knowledge is developed throughout the year through both the practical and keyboard based topics.
Click here to listen to the work Year 8 students have been composing.
What to expect in Y9
Students in year 9 will combine their musical skills learnt in Years 7&8 in their final year of compulsory music education. At this point in their education students will have developed their confidence in performing, composing, listening and appraising and will start to make their GCSE options choices. Their musical theoretical knowledge is further developed with more practical and keyboard based topic which is all based on staff notation. Student study units based on genres of music such as Minimalism, arranging Rather Be by Clean Bandit in a Reggae style and also a Ground Bass remix which is based on Canon in D.
Click here to listen to the work Year 9 students have been composing.
Why choose Music for GCSE?
What does studying MUSIC involve?
GCSE Music is a very varied and exiting option to take. There are a wide range of activities tied up with the subject, including performing, composing and learning about different styles of music, why they are distinctive and how they are ‘put together’.
60% of the overall qualification comes from coursework, and over the course of Year 10 and 11, Students are encouraged to explore music from many different times and places.
Music lessons at GCSE are very different from the lessons in Lower School. The groups are usually smaller than KS3 classes, and the learning environment is much more informal. Students learn a lot by studying the music of others (and their own work) and discussing it within the group. This enables them to see what can be effective in musical composition, and also, what doesn’t work. We endeavour to perform music regularly either as a group or as individuals.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF I WILL BE GOOD AT IT?
I can’t read music. Can I do GCSE?
Yes! You can access much of GCSE music even if you can’t read musical notation.
Do I have to be able to play an instrument?
If you don’t already play an instrument, we have teachers coming in to school who can teach you a variety of instruments, or voice.
Do I have to write long essays?
Not very often. The listening exam generally asks you for information in short answers or bullet points. There is one extended writing question, but this is quite straightforward as it always follows a similar pattern.
WHAT SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP?
capacity for independent study
The broad skills base acquired by musicians is also highly favoured by employers outside of specifically ‘musical’ disciplines.
WHERE COULD THIS SUBJECT LEAD?
Possible courses at university or music college:
Popular Music Performance
Music Performance and Production
Music Technology and Astrophysics
Music Performance and Physics
Music Performance Management
Sound Technology and Digital Music
Multimedia Design and Music Production
Music and English
Music and Languages