Music

Intent

"The Music Department’s vision is to provide high quality, musical opportunities for all students both in the classroom and in a wider setting. From Beethoven to Bruno Mars, an inclusive practical musical backdrop is at the heart of all we do in our desire to create well-rounded musicians, lasting friendships and lifelong learners"

The purpose of the Music curriculum is to:

  • Enable all pupils to develop their musical potential through engaging experiences, recognising that music as art is an important part of cultural identity. We also recognise that music benefits both cognitive development and character development. Performing is a crucial part of this.
  • Encourage and prepare students for lifelong musical learning and appreciation, both in and out of school, including preparation for further study if appropriate.

Learning music is a cultural entitlement for every child, and we hope that our approach will ensure that all pupils receive this and are successful in their learning.

Implementation

From Beethoven to Bruno Mars, students are given the opportunity to study a wide range of varied music from many periods and cultures. Practical application, theoretical analysis and critical listening skills are all strongly promoted in combination to create well-rounded musicians and lifelong learners. Significantly students get the chance to learn new skills on numerous types of instrument(s) and use highly sophisticated ICT equipment in our new state of the art mac suite. 

In addition to our programmes of study at KS2-5, there is a rich and varied extra curricular programme in place and seven visiting instrumental tutors offer a wealth of expertise and experience in their specific instrumental/vocal fields (please see additional information). We feel extremely passionate in relation to our all-inclusive / ‘open house’ approach at lunchtimes and after school and do our very best to make sure groups cater for all abilities and ages making all students feel welcome. Students also have the opportunity to perform at some prestigious events, including the Royal Northern College of Music and The Lowry, Salford.

Impact

We aim to ensure that we give students aspiration and ambition to go on and become successful adults and leaders of the future.  Our events and opportunities form and reinforce positive relationships with parents.  The curriculum and co-curricular opportunities enable students to realise their dreams and build successful lives making positive contributions to life in modern Britain.  Every child has an equal right to a challenging and enlightening curriculum. By teaching this curriculum well, providing opportunities and developing effective habits in our pupils, we bring out the best in everyone. For students who wish to study in our area for GCSE, we aim to support students in fulfilling their potential, helping them to achieve the highest possible results, progress and attainment so that they are well equipped to pursue a future career in this area should they wish to do so.

Curriculum Overview for Key Stage 3 Music

Summary

In years 7, 8 and 9, students are given the opportunity to explore many different styles of music / instrument types through varied schemes of work. 

Combining performance, composition/ creative arranging, listening, theory and appraising; students are encouraged to develop their, creative, critical listening/ analysis as well as fine motor instrumental skills. 

Whether its ukulele, samba, keyboard, vocal, rock band based; all students are given the opportunity to work as a soloist and within an ensemble where not only are their musicianship abilities assessed but also their interpersonal skills.

Mrs G Goodier – KS3 Co-ordinator

Curriculum Overview for Key Stage 4 Music

'Choices at 14+' Booklet

Summary

In years 10 and 11, students study Music GCSE and are given the opportunity to explore many different styles of music / instrument types through varied schemes of work. 

Combining performance, composition, listening, theory and appraising; students are encouraged to develop their, creative, critical listening/ analysis as well as fine motor instrumental skills. 

As part of the GCSE and continuation from KS3, all students are given the opportunity to work as a soloist and within an ensemble where not only are their musicianship abilities assessed but also their interpersonal skills.

KS4 Music Brief Outline

KS4 Music

Mrs G Goodier – KS4 Co-ordinator

Curriculum Overview for Key Stage 4 BTEC Music Technology

Level 2, BTEC Music (Technology)

'Choices at 14+' Booklet

In Years 10 and 11, students study Level 2, BTEC Music (Technology) and are given the opportunity to explore many different hardware and software components learning about, recording and creating electronic music. 

This hands-on course also explores roles and responsibilities in the music industry as well as creating a musical product, producing music using Logic Pro X and recording sessions in the recording studio and live room in the music department.  

In years 12 and 13, students study Music A Level and are given the opportunity to explore many different styles of Western music through varied programmes of study. 

Combining performance, composition, listening, theory and appraising; students are encouraged to develop their, creative, critical listening/ analysis as well as fine motor instrumental skills. 

As part of the AS/A2 Level and continuation from GCSE, all students are given the opportunity to work as a soloist, perform a 2nd instrument of study and / or within an ensemble.

Curriculum Overview for Key Stage 5 Music

KS5 Music Brief Outline

Staff

  • Mrs G J Goodier- Subject Leader of Music
  • Mrs A G Martin - Teacher of Music (0.8 Part Time)
  • Mr S Brady - Sound/AV Technician (Part Time)

Instrumental Tutors

  • Mrs C Williams (Piano / Brass Teacher)
  • Mr M Burton (Woodwind/ Piano Teacher) 
  • Miss L Mansell (Steel Band Tutor)
  • Mr I Holland (Guitar Teacher) 
  • Mr L Mullen (Drum & Percussion Teacher) 
  • Miss A Owen (Vocal Teacher) 
  • Miss B Hammond (Strings Teacher) 

 

Explore and Visit

My Hub - Manchester Music WebsiteOne Education Music Centres

Did You Know it is Free to Join a Music Centre?  Watch this Video 

www.musictechteacher.com

www.soundsexplore.org

www.dsokids.org

www.nyphilkids.org

BBC ten pieces

YouTube LSO master classes.

Listen to as wide a variety of types and genres of music as possible including (classical FM, Sky Arts, BBC 4)

Extra-Curricular Music Programme - from September 2021

Opportunities to Get Involved and Perform

  • Manchester Hip Hop Archive Project
  • Manchester Arena Young Voices Performance
  • Gorton Monastery Trip
  • Bridgewater Hall Trip
  • Henshaw’s Concerts
  • Summer Concerts
  • Christmas Concerts
  • Best in Everyone Award Winners
  • Ableton Push Pad Project
  • #United in Music DJ Project
  • United Learning Green Love Virtual Performance
  • United Learning Carmen Performance, London
  • United Learning Zimbe Performance, London
  • Primary P Buzz Workshop
  • School Production / Musical / Show
  • BTEC Podcast Launch
  • Royal Northern College of Music Young Artists Workshops
  • Wow Factor
  • Siemens Christmas Market Performance
  • United Learning Wassail RNCM Performance
  • Lowry Outlet Shopping Mall Christmas Performance
  • Residential Home Christmas Performances
  • Opening Evening Performances
  • Manchester Camerata Workshops
  • Cultural Diversity Day Performances
  • Manchester Cathedral Performances

We also offer a range of instrumental tuition lessons including Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, Trumpet, Cornet, Trombone, French Horn, Tenor Horn, Euphonium, Tuba, Violin, Steel Pans.

Instrumental and Vocal Tuition

If you are keen for your child to take additional 1:1 music lessons - please complete the form below and hand into school for the attention of Mrs Goodier or Mrs Martin.  

Instrumental Tuition Letter (Primary Phase) Instrumental Tuition Letter (Secondary Phase)

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