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Head of Department: Mr Lorentzen

Teacher: Mr Joris

The Music Department is extremely busy throughout the year. With an amazing recording studio and two large PC labs running Sibelius 6 and Cubase 7.5, as well as a variety of practice rooms, our students are able to spend time in and out of class performing, composing and recording music. We have a wide variety of ensembles and many students also create their own bands which are featured in a number of concerts each year. We also offer an annual Music residential trip to Years 7-9 and a bi-annual school musical and Music tour abroad. Our most recent trip to Lake Garda in Italy was a great success enjoyed by 46 students.

At A Level we offer both Music and Music Technology.

Co-curricular Activities

Junior Pops Orchestra, Senior Pops Orchestra, Rock School, African drumming, Soul Band, Brass Ensemble, Guitar club, Contemporary vocal ensemble, GCSE help.

My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I used to be. (Dr Wayne W. Dyer)

Students from Years 8-13 perform around Lake Garda and Verona on our summer tour to Italy.

Years 7, 8 and 9

Year 7:

1. Musicals – Activities include singing, keyboard skills, introduction to notation, contextual features of West end and Broadway shows, aural skills, the elements of music, and a group performance in the school Christmas concert.

2. Instruments of the orchestra – Activities include aural recognition of instruments, how instruments are made, techniques used to play the instruments, Ternary form composition using Sibelius, choral singing, keyboard skills, pitch and rhythmic notation, contextual features of orchestral music throughout the ages, conducting skills.

3. Latin beat – Activities include contextual features of Andes music, instruments of the Andes, ensemble performance skills, ukulele skills, composition.

4. Folk Music – Activities include recognising folk by its features, distinguishing between different modes and scales, folk melodies on keyboard and xylophone, singing folk tunes, understanding compound time.

Year 8:

1. African drumming – Activities include ensemble improvisation on djembes, mnemonics, emphasis on the elements of texture, rhythm and dynamics, cultural aspects of African society.

2. Blue music – Activities include blues song writing, blues keyboard and guitar improvisation, sequencing skills on Cubase, aural recognition of key features of blues, cultural links to the development of blues from its origin to modern day fusions.

3. Reggae music - Activities include group ensemble performance of ‘3 little birds’, bass clef notation, artist profile on Bob Marley, protest lyrics, and cultural aspects of Jamaican society.

4. Musical futures - Activities include performance skills, venues, careers in music, ensemble skills, expressive techniques, and a group performance in the Summer concert.

Year 9:

1. Rock and Club dance music - Activities include dance remix using Cubase 7.5, rock band ensemble performance, aural recognition of technological effects, sampling, song structure, notation, tab and chord symbols.

2. Film music – Activities include performing a theme tune from a film, composing music for a horror film scene, use of sound effects, leitmotifs and underscoring, graphic notation, using a storyboard and musical timeline.

3. Music and war – Activities include the study of fanfares, bugle calls and marching songs, propaganda songs, songs to build morale, instrumental music, the use of unusual time signatures and chromatic harmony.

Link to national curriculum page:

The above topics are all designed to fit within the framework of the KS3 National Curriculum in Music.

GCSE: Years 10 and 11

GCSE Course Content

Year 10

Curriculum Outline:

Composition skills

Area of studies in Film Music and Musical forms and Devices

Ensemble performance skills

Music theory

The elements of Music

Year 11

Curriculum Outline:

Advanced composition skills

Area of studies in Music for ensembles and Popular Music

Solo performance skills

Exam skills and revision

Exam Board: Educas

Link to Specification:

A Levels: Years 12 and 13

Music Technologly

Qualifications needed: Basic keyboard skills, the ability to arrange and compose music, and excellent listening skills are all desirable. Candidates should demonstrate an enthusiasm for Popular music and an interest in technology.

Course content: This practical course will further develop performing, listening and composition skills using music technology to capture, edit and produce musical outcomes. This will include setting up microphones and monitoring sound, arranging and composing music using Cubase. Students will also study popular music from 1910 to the present day identifying relevant technological aspects.




A2 Level




Recording: Production tools and techniques to capture,

edit, process and mix an audio recording.



Composition: Creating, editing, manipulating and structuring

sounds to produce a technology-based composition.



Listening and Analysing: 1 hour 30 min listening examination



Producing and Analysing
2 hours 15 mins examination on music production


Exam Board: Edexcel

Link to Specification

Careers Educations

Careers Education

  • The Department has a successful track record of students proceeding to study Music and Music Technology at a number of high profile Universities and Music Colleges.
  • The Department provides specific guidance to students applying for Music and develops important skills outside of the classroom through our extra-curricular programme.
  • The Department also has a number of industry contacts who are able to provide careers advice to students.

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