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Music

The study of music is divided into several areas:

  • performing (developing practical skills on voice or an instrument, both individually and as part of an ensemble)
  • composing (creating their own music)
  • listening and appraising

A wide range of interests and abilities will be catered for through the study of various musical styles, including popular music, music technology, world music, and classical music.

Miss N Crowder
Miss N Crowder
Curriculum Leader

As well as developing your subject knowledge, the study of music also encompasses various transferable skills needed in further education and employment, such as:

  • creative thinking skills
  • self-confidence
  • concentration
  • team-work
  • fine motor skills

Through the study of music, you will be displaying to prospective employers that you are hardworking, dedicated, and disciplined.

Music KS3

Main skills developed in Year 7: Main skills developed in Year 8:
  •  Ensemble and solo performing skills on voice, percussion, keyboards, guitar, bass guitar and drum kit
  • Solo performance of short pieces on voice and/or keyboards
  • Music technology skills
  • The ingredients of a piece of music and how these are used
  • Reading and writing of staff notation
  • How to create and develop musical ideas
  • Knowledge of specific styles of music.
  • ​Ensemble and solo performing skills on voice, percussion, keyboards, guitar, bass guitar and drum kit
  • Solo performance of short pieces on voice and/or keyboards
  • Music technology skills
  • The ingredients of a piece of music and how these are used
  • Reading and writing of staff notation
  • How to create and develop musical ideas
  • Knowledge of specific styles of music.
​How parents can help to support their son's/daughter's learning in Year 7: ​​​How parents can help to support their son's/daughter's learning in Year 8:
  • Ensure students are equipped for the lesson
  • Provide opportunity for research/discussion
  • Ensure students are equipped for the lesson
  • Provide opportunity for research/discussion

Music KS4

Exam Board:

RSL

Qualification:

Level 2 Certificate in Performance for Music Practitioners

Assessment:

40% external assessment

60%  internal assessment

Graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction

Outline of course content:

You will develop your performing skills through our individual tuition with a specialist teacher on your chosen instrument or voice (free of charge) in both a solo and ensemble capacity.

  • Internally assessed unit: Music Knowledge Development
  • Internally assessed unit: Instrumental Study
  • Externally assessed unit: Live Music Performance

Outline of course structure:

Throughout the course you will develop the following skills/knowledge:

  • Vocal/Instrumental skills including how to rehearse
  • Instrument maintenance skills
  • Listening skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Research skills
  • Communication skills
  • Organisational Skills
  • IT skills
  • Knowledge of a variety of musical styles (Country, Rock, R ‘n’ B, Funk, Punk, Rap, Pop, Electronic)
  • Knowledge of musical elements (Dynamics, Rhythm/Metre, Structure, Melody, Instrumentation, Texture, Harmony)
  • Knowledge of production techniques (Panning, Mix Levels, EQ, Effects)
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety requirements

Careers using Music

Want to be a performer?

For those who play to the highest standards, opportunities occur worldwide in popular music contexts, theatres, as ‘session players’ at recording studios, and in classical orchestras.

 

Teaching music also offers job possibilities, including school teaching, peripatetic work, and private tuition.

 

Those with music ability and also other technical skills might consider sound engineering, recording, radio production, and broadcast work.

 

Working to promote events and music concerts may also appeal to those with a background in music.

 

Related jobs also include working in music shops, music journalism, and DJ’ing.

 

Music therapy is a small branch within the medical profession where music skills are occasionally used to help people address medical conditions.

Progression:

For those wanting to study further within education, lots of schools/colleges offer Level 3 qualifications in both Music Practice and Music Technology.

 

Many Universities or specialist colleges (Leeds College of Music, BIMM) offer music degrees covering a wide range of skills and interests, e.g. performance, popular music, sound production, studio production, music business, event management.