In the Music Department we aim to be inclusive and actively encourage our students to participate in the musical opportunities provided. As a subject, Music can offer the opportunity to work on many transferable skills including: listening, teamwork, problem solving, physical coordination, communication, creative skills and cultural appreciation.
We offer a full range of instrumental lessons in partnership with the Oxfordshire Music Service and some private teachers. Our musicians can perform in the school orchestra and two choirs that perform at several events throughout the year including the Carol Service and Summer concert.
In Years 7 & 8, the majority of our lessons are practical in nature and include a variety of subjects such as Rhythm, Theme and Variations, Popular Music, Film Music, Minimalism, Ukulele skills and Song writing. The practical elements of these lessons develop keyboard, singing, ukulele, percussion and general musicianship and theory skills in a class setting in small group and pair work.
We are currently running the AQA GCSE Music Syllabus. At GCSE standard students will follow three main areas in music:
Appraising music - study and listen to a large range of music and answer listening questions in an exam situation
Performance - one performance as a soloist on instrument or voice and another as part of a group.
Composition - two compositions to be completed. One is completed to a brief set by the exam board and the other is a free choice.
At A level standard students continue to follow the same strands as at GCSE, but in far greater depth. They will gain a broad insight into how music has developed throughout the centuries. For this course it is essential that students have instrumental tuition in order to achieve the required stand for the A level recital.