Music

"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"

Welcome to the Music Department and our extensive team of classroom practitioners and instrumental peripatetic teachers.

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.

Music Department Staff

  • Mrs G J Goodier- Subject Leader of Music
  • Mrs A G Martin - Teacher of Music (0.8 Part Time)

Instrumental Tutors

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

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

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

Mrs G Goodier – KS4 Co-ordinator

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

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

NCFE KS4 Music Technology

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.

KS5 Music Brief Outline

Young Voices Concert - Monday, 11 February 2018 (Manchester Arena)

Visit the Children's Music Room

Explore and Visit

My Hub - Manchester Music WebsiteOne Education Music Centres

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 2018

Opportunities to Get Involved and Perform

Term 1

  • Halle G&T Workshop
  • Presentation Evening 
  • United Learning Royal Northern college of Music Choir Performance
  • School Production
  • WHGS Christmas Concert
  • Community Christmas Concerts
  • Siemens Christmas Markets
  • Lowry Christmas Performance

Term 2

  • MGS String Quartet Composition Day
  • Year 10 Chethams and RNCM Workshops and performances

Term 3

  • WHGS WoW Factor
  • Primary Fair
  • WHGS Summer Soiree

All Year Round

  • WHGS Henshaw Concerts 
  • Trips, Concerts and Events

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

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