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Music

Course description 

Music education encourages active involvement in different forms of music-making, both individual and communal. Music learning develops pupils’ critical skills: their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of music, and to make judgements about musical quality. It also increases self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.

 

The Music department prides itself on its wide variety of extra curricular musical activities.  It currently has a concert band, big band, junior band, string ensemble, choir, funk band and smaller ensembles such as sax quartet, brass quartet and wind quintet.  These ensembles perform once a term at school concerts.  In addition to this we have two soirees  (one for years 7 - 9 and one for years 10 - 13), which are evenings where individuals and small groups can perform, and also a piano recital evening.

 

As well as performing in school, we are keen to take our music into the community, and our concert band perform every year at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange in Schools Make Music, and our big band perform at The Royal Norfolk Show.  More recently we have done joint concerts with Marham Bluebirds Military Wives Choir in Fakenham Parish Church.  We were also chosen to be the entertainment for the annual meeting of the East Anglian Rotarians.

 

In addition to this the concert band and big band do a biannual European tour,  In the past we have been to the Czech Republic, Austria, Spain, Italy (Lake Garda), Switzerland, Slovenia, Germany, Poland, Italy (Florence) and Croatia.

Key Stage 3 

In KS3 Music, the syllabus is in line with the National Curriculum and focuses on performing, composing and listening and appraising.  Students have the opportunity to learn to play the keyboard, as well as use percussion instruments in lessons.  With composing, students produce work individually, in groups and also using Garage Band software on Mac computers.  With listening and appraising, students study a number of classical works as well as learning about contemporary music and music from around the world.  The curriculum is designed to give students a good stepping stone from which to pursue GCSE Music, if that is their wish.

Key Stage 4 

GCSE Music encourages students to develop broader life skills and attributes, including critical and creative thinking, aesthetic sensitivity, emotional awareness, cultural understanding, self-discipline,self-confidence and self-motivation. It enables students to engage actively in the study of music by developing musical skills and interests,including the ability to make music individually and in groups and enable students to understand and appreciate a range of different kinds of music.The course is ideal for anyone who plays an

instrument or sings, as 30% of the course is performance and students can use what they are already doing in their instrumental/singing lessons to prepare for it.

 

With Edexcel GCSE Music, students must prepare a solo and an ensemble piece with their instrumental teacher to be performed and recorded just before Easter in Year 11 (worth 30% in total), and will write 2 compositions over the 2 years (worth 30% in total), as well as learn about 8 pieces of music from 4 different musical areas of study, writing a short essay on one of the pieces (worth 40%).

 

The performances are recorded in private.The compositions are produced by the students using the music software Sibelius. The set pieces are learned and then excerpts are played and written questions asked in a one and a half hour written exam.

 

Students MUST be learning an instrument either in school or privately. They may however take up singing in order to do the course but only if their voice is of an appropriate standard. Students who take GCSE Music qualify for free instrumental lessons in school.