"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.
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.
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.