“Every musician remembers their first lesson. That moment when you feel the spark of inspiration ignite, and your entire world catches fire. The rush of revelation. The earth-rattling epiphany that music is no longer just a sound, its every breath you’ll ever take again. A puzzle that you’ll never solve, though you hold all the pieces. That moment when you’re handed the key to an alternate universe where everything is beautiful, everything is free, and nothing will ever be quite the same again. For some, the first day of the rest of their lives.”
- Dave Grohl
Our subject intends to inspire, provide motivation and nurture passion for all students, to help them develop their musicianship and transferrable skills further. Studying music shows a real drive and determination to improve ourselves, not only as musicians but also humans. It has been scientifically proven that playing an instrument or singing releases endorphins which promotes wellbeing and we harness this as a department to support students on their creative, happy and successful journey through school.
Students are expected to take music lessons if they opt for GCSE, whether in school or outside, as performance makes up 30% of the final grade. They learn appraisal skills in relation to set study pieces and there are many opportunities to compose as well as develop skills as a performer.
Students opting for Music Technology need to have a basic understanding of composing using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Music Technology students learn about knowledge of the music industry, how to produce and promote a musical product, they get a hands on knowledge of recording and working within a studio and also learn how to compose music.
Studying music enables students to develop highly desirable skills in areas such as self-management, creativity, data analysis, performance, teamwork, problem-solving, and communication, all of which makes them an attractive prospect for potential employers.
There are numerous careers that anyone studying Music or Music Technology could go into, such as session musician, sound engineer, tour manager, musical director, music or instrumental teacher or a job at a studio or record label.
In Music we have four fantastic members of staff who will go above and beyond to help further your education and musical enrichment.
We have awesome schemes of work, excellent resources and lots of opportunities to play a wide variety of instruments both within the classroom and during extra-curricular activities challenging a range of abilities.
Our results for the past 4 years have had 100% pass rate in GCSE Music and BTEC Music Technology, with a growing number of grade 9s in GCSE Music.
Research and design a brand new instrument
Research and Planning: What is your favourite instrument if you have one?
Can you play it or do you play another instrument? If you could invent an instrument what would it look like? What would it be made out of? How would you play it and what type of sound would it make? Can it play a melody? Chords? Or is it percussive?
Production: Design your instrument first on paper. You can make this as detailed and colourful as you would like it to be! Then comes the really fun part…bringing your instrument to life! What materials have you got access to that you can make it out of? When it is complete – you can email a video or an audio demonstration of it or if you don’t feel comfortable doing that then take pictures of it and write a brief explanation of how you play it and how it sounds!
Stuck for ideas? Use the links below!