Music

Music Department Staff

Miss M Reading, Assistant Principal, Head of Music and Director of Enrichment
Mrs D Noakes, Assistant Principal and Teacher of Music
Mrs L Sargent, Teacher of Music

Peripatetic Teachers provided by NMPAT

We are a proud partner of NMPAT and all of our vocal and instrumental lessons are supplied by them. We aim to offer every child who is interested, lessons of their choice, so please enquire. To request lessons, please download the attached letter and return the reply slip to the music department. Payment will then be set up via ParentPay.
Mrs C Anderson, Piano
Mrs J Armstrong, Strings
Mr A Bell, Woodwind
Mr M Butler, Percussion
Mr J Calcott, Guitar and Music Technology
Ms L Govier, Vocals
Mr B Turnball, Brass

Curriculum

“Music is all around us. It is the soundtrack to our lives. Music connects us through people and places in our ever-changing world. It is creative, collaborative, celebratory and challenging. In our schools, music can bring communities together through the shared endeavour of whole-school singing, ensemble playing, experimenting with the creative process and, through the love of listening to friends and fellow pupils, performing. The sheer joy of music making can feed the soul of a school community, enriching each student while strengthening the shared bonds of support and trust which make a great school” (Model Music Curriculum, 2021).
“A truly musical school holds three distinct, but interlinked, areas of music education in balance” (Rogers, 2019). We truly believe in this, and have designed our music curriculum as such:

All students have access to music in the classroom, and the focus of KS3 curriculum music is on developing students’ musical understanding, getting to know how music works and how it conveys meaning.
Alongside this, students have the opportunity to learn an instrument with 1:1 lessons taking place during the school day. They also have the opportunity to rehearse in instrumental and vocal ensembles during lunch time and after school.
Of equal importance is a series of musical events running through the year – concerts, recitals competitions, workshops, trips to professional events – in which students experience music as a vital element in public culture.

Classroom Music

Our curriculum is based around the key areas of singing, playing, improvising, composing and listening. “Curriculum music is, fundamentally, about all students developing their musical understanding. This must be done through creative, practical exploration of sounds and music – we are not talking about passive musical appreciations. But it is about understanding, getting to know how music works, and how it therefore conveys meaning.” (Rogers, 2019).

KS3 Music and Music Technology Curriculum

Our KS3 music curriculum is a spiral curriculum based on the skills of playing, improvising, composing, technology and listening. We believe in introducing our students to a variety of instruments throughout their education so that students can explore their interests. All of our schemes of work are project based, balancing a variety of musical genres.

All lessons start with class singing and the curriculum content is as follows:

Year AYear BYear C
Year 7Scales and Arpeggios
Rule the World
Snow Wonder
Feed the Birds
Naughty
Favourite Things Medley
Hey Brother
Scales and Arpeggios
The Bare Necessities
Polar Express Medley
Sing
Believer
Ho Hey
School Song
Scales and Arpeggios
Little Mermaid Medley
Reindeer on the Roof
How Far I’ll Go
California Dreaming
Food Glorious Food
Roar
Year 8Circle of Life
Jingle Bell Rock
Any Dream Will Do
Counting Stars
Revolting Children
Africa
Home
Wonderful Time of the Year
Hard Knock Life
You Gotta Be
Adiemus
Seize the Day
Fight Song
Merry Christmas Everybody
Price Tag
Amarillo
Thinking Out Loud
Do you Hear the People Sing
Year 9Down to the River to Pray
Somewhere Only We Know
Happy
Greatest Day
You’re the Voice
Chasing Cars
This Little Light of Mine
Winter Wonderland
Help
Brave
Something Inside so Strong
Happy Together
Lean on Me
Happy Xmas (War is Over)
We Know the Way
Don’t Stop Believing
Rolling in the Deep
Defying Gravity

KS4 Music Curriculum

OCR GCSE

Students in year 10 (from September 2022) are following OCR GCSE Music. This qualification has been chosen in order to develop students skills in performance, composition and music analysis. The course allows students to study a wide variety of musical genres from both the classical and popular canon. focus on the genres that are most relevant to them and their development. Extension is available in studying for the Arts Award Silver Qualification

Course ContentAssessment
Performance1 solo performance each half term
1 ensemble performance each term via the department enrichment schedule
30% of the course
Coursework completed in school, marked by teachers and moderated by the exam board
– 1 solo performance on specialist instrument or voice
– 1 ensemble performance on specialist instrument or voice
Composition– Learn to use Sibelius
– Introduction to composition techniques
– Blues based composition
– Minimalism based composition
– Theme and Variations composition
30% of the course
Coursework completed in school, marked by teachers and moderated by the exam board
– 1 composition that is free choice
– 1 composition from an exam board set brief
AnalysisThe Concerto through time
– Baroque Solo Concerto
– Baroque Concerto Grosso
– Classical Concerto
– Romantic Concerto
Rhythms of the World
– India and Punjab
– Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East
– Africa
– Central and South America
Film Music
Conventions of Pop
– Rock ‘n’ Roll of the 1950s and 1960s
– Rock Anthems of the 1970s and 1980s
– Pop Ballads of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s
– Solo Artists from 1990 to the present day
40% of the course
An external exam taken at the end of year 11
– 1 hour 30 minutes in length
– written paper with listening extracts

BTEC First Award

Students in year 11 (from September 2022) are following the BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music. This is the last year that this qualification is running. This qualification has been chosen in order to prepare students for careers in the music industry, developing the skills for the specialism. The course allows students to focus on the genres that are most relevant to them and their development. Extension is available for students in studying additional units that result in achieving the BTEC Level 2 First Certificate. Extension is also available in studying for the Arts Award Silver Qualification

UnitAssessment
Year 10Unit 1: The Music Industry

Unit 5: Introducing Music Performance
Exam in May (Resit opportunity in January of Year 11)

Coursework
Year 11Unit 2: Managing a Music Project

Unit 4: Introducing Music Composition
Coursework

Coursework

KS4 Music Technology Curriculum

NCFE Technical Award

Students in year 10 (from September 2022) are following NCFE Technical Award in Music Technology. This qualification has been chosen in order to prepare students for careers in the music industry, developing the skills for the specialism. The course allows students to study a wide variety of musical genres from both the classical and popular canon. focus on the genres that are most relevant to them and their development. Extension is available in studying for the Arts Award Silver Qualification

Assessment
60% of the course
Coursework
– 17 hours in length
– practical sequencing, recording and mixing tasks
– written log of the work
40% of the course
An external exam taken at the end of year 11
– 1 hour 30 minutes in length
– written paper with audio examples

BTEC First Award

Students in year 11 (from September 2022) are following the BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music Technology. This is the last year that this qualification is running. This qualification has been chosen in order to prepare students for careers in the music industry, developing the skills for the specialism. The course allows students to focus on the genres that are most relevant to them and their development. Extension is available for students in studying additional units that result in achieving the BTEC Level 2 First Certificate. Extension is also available in studying for the Arts Award Silver Qualification

UnitAssessment
Year 10Unit 1: The Music Industry

Unit 5: Introducing Music Sequencing
Exam in May (Resit opportunity in January of Year 11)

Coursework
Year 11Unit 2: Managing a Music Project

Unit 4: Introducing Music Recording
Coursework

Coursework

KS5 Music and Music Technology Curriculum

Students are following the RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners, following either the Performance or Business Pathway as suited to their skills and interests. This course has been chosen due to the extensive number of optional units available meaning that students can truly specialise and build on their interests. In an individual cohort, students are likely to all be studying different units of work to their peers in the same class in order to allow students to fully specialise.

Performance PathwayBusiness Pathway
Core unit – 15 creditsPlanning for a career in the music industryPlanning for a career in the music industry
Core Unit – 30 creditsRehearsal skills and live music performanceMusic Promotion and Event Management
Optional Units – totaling 45 creditsSee belowSee below

There are nearly 100 possible units to choose from. See this link for details: https://www.rslawards.com/vocational/vocational-syllabus/

Instrumental and Vocal learning and Ensembles
Instrumental and Vocal Tuition


All students are offered and encouraged to access 1:1 peripatetic tuition which is delivered in partnership with the local music hub. These lessons are 1:1 weekly lessons lasting 20 minutes.

The biggest obstacle to this area is cost, and therefore the costs per term are:
• all students are subsidised by the school by 50% – £65
• KS4/5 music students are subsidised by 65% – £45
• PP students are subsidised by 80% – £25

In addition, £5 discount each term is applied for each musical ensemble the student regularly attends and performs with.
If you would like to arrange for your son or daughter to have music tuition, then please download this contract for further information

Ensembles

All students, regardless of age or ability are invited and encouraged to attend the following lunch time ensembles:
• Choir
• Guitar Ensemble
• Ukulele Ensemble
• Percussion Ensemble


All students who play or own specific instruments, regardless of age or ability are invited and encouraged to attend the following lunch time and after school ensembles:
• Woodwind Ensemble
• String Ensemble


Students who are considered at a higher ability, regardless of age, are invited and encouraged to attend the following lunch time and after school ensembles:
• Chamber Choir
• Folk Band
• Swing Band

Music Events and Opportunities
Concerts

Winter Concert – all ensembles and all KS3 students invited to perform as part of a year group choir to showcase classroom music singing
Summer Concert – all ensembles and all KS3 students invited to perform as part of a year group choir to showcase classroom music singing

Recitals

KS3 Recital – all students are invited to perform as soloists
KS4 Recital – all students are invited to perform as soloists
KS5 Recital – all students are invited to perform as soloists

Other Performances

Annual Carol singing tour to local care homes – high ability KS3 singers
Video performances to share for open evenings on site and online
Lunch time performances in the dining hall

Competitions

Wellingborough Music Festival – all ensembles that fit the criteria plus soloists that have instrumental/vocal lessons or are studying KS4/5 music

Trips

Year 7 musical theatre trip – all of the year group are invited to attend a trip to a professional production. This is charged at cost with PP students be subsidised by 50%
• 2021-22: School of Rock
• 2022-23: Bugsy Malone


Year 8 musical theatre trip – all of the year group are invited to attend a trip to a professional production. This is charged at cost with PP students be subsidised by 50%
• 2019-20: Kinky Boots
• 2021-22: Hairspray
• 2022-23: Sister Act

Year 9 musical theatre trip – all of the year group are invited to attend a trip to a professional production. This is charged at cost with PP students be subsidised by 50%
• 2019-20: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
• 2021-22: Chicago
• 2022-23: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Open to all – local amateur pantomime society performance to encourage students to audition
Open to all – local amateur musical theatre society performance to encourage students to audition