Music 1

Music is invigorating, exciting and challenging. Our aim is to foster a love of music and raise each student’s potential to make music independently and with others. Playing music can help improve a student’s learning, academic ability and increase their attainment in other subjects.

Year 7 & 8

Students are offered a rich programme of instrumental activities that challenge and develop an understanding of small and large scale music-making. All lessons are practical and cover the key areas of the subject; performance, composition and listening to and appraising music. Lessons will cover:

  • Basic keyboard skills;
  • Music theory;
  • Ukulele skills;
  • Ensemble skills;
  • Music Technology;
  • Film music;
  • Songwriting;
  • Cover songs;
  • Taiko drumming;
  • Classical music

Year 9

Year 9 is a foundation to prepare students for GCSE. They will spend some time in bands and work on their performance skills before putting on a gig to show their work. There is also opportunity to develop composition skills, by looking at a variety of genres from film to songwriting. Students will use technology to write their compositions and this will prepare them for their GCSE coursework. Students will continue to develop their listening and appraising skills in preparation for listening exam at the end of Year 11.

Year 10

Students embark on their first of two GCSE compositions. This is an opportunity for students to write their own music in a genre of their choice.

Students will also participate in a mock performance exam in preparation for Year 11. This will include a solo and ensemble performance.

Students will learn about two set works in depth in preparation for the listening exam in Year 11 as well as continuing their listening and appraising skills.

Year 11

Students will sit their performance examination in November of Year 11, in which they must perform between four and six minutes of musical content. This must include a solo piece and an ensemble piece.

Students will write their second composition to a brief set by the exam board.

Students will continue to develop their listening and appraising skills in preparation for their listening exam in June of Year 11.

Extracurricular Opportunities

There are a myriad opportunities to become involved in extracurricular activities within the Music Department. These include:

  • KS3 Band;
  • KS4 Band;
  • Ukulele Group;
  • Rochester
  • Vocal Group
  • College Band
  • Taiko Drumming Group

Throughout the course of the academic year, the Music Department puts on a wide range of performances to showcase students' musical talents.

Where Can I Find out More?

Point of contact:

Rob Wilkinson

Team Leader of Music and Performing Arts

Contact Rob Wilkinson who looks after this Music 1 course on:

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