A performance based music education provides pupils with the confidence to communicate with others in wide ranging situations including; presenting their views in class, communicating in a foreign country and presenting themselves confidently in an interview situation. Music develops transferable skills such as; literacy, numeracy, memory, listening , self- discipline, organisational skills, social interaction, leadership and team playing, imagination, manual dexterity, co-ordination, multi-tasking, self expression, persistence and determination, commitment, attention to detail, critical analysis, self-appraisal and the ability to use audio and visual technology. Additionally, Music provides a universal language with which pupils can express and experience emotional responses to life situations. It helps promote emotional, spiritual and even physical well-being. The structure and rhythm of music both satisfy a pupil’s need for structure, pattern and routine in their lives. Singing promotes correct breathing and it has been proven to release endorphins akin to having a good workout at the gym. Music impacts on everyone’s day to day life particularly through the media; all pupils can relate to it in one form or another, and it is being recognised more and more that Music has a very important part to play in our general well-being and health.
“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel
“Healing relies on an openness to the whole; a willingness to relinquish whatever frustrates or delays — mistaken ideas, negative feelings, poor diet, inadvisable lifestyle — and to accept a wider spectrum of responses with new ideas, experience, and priorities. Healing is communication; and music, in its universal nature, is total communication. In the deepest mysteries of music are the inspirations, the pathways, and the healing which lead to one-ness and unity.” – Olivea Dewhurst-Maddock, Sound Therapy
In Key Stage 3 the pupils will learn through Composing, Listening, Improvisation, Performance and Singing:
- How the ingredients of music – the ‘Musical Dimensions’ are used to create a piece of music
- How sound is produced and about the physics of sound through ‘science of sound’ experiments and trying out a wide variety of musical instruments. Students will attend a school’s orchestral concert in Liverpool
- About beat and rhythm using African, Indian, Samba and Banghra drums in addition to playing grooves on the drum kit that progress in complexity throughout the key stage
- About musical design, structure and patterns by using Sony Acid, O Generator, Sibelius and Mixcraft software to compose and sequence music.
- About pitch, and western and non-western scales and melodies. How to notate music using a variety of methods including graphic scores, symbolic and standard notation.
- Learn to play the keyboard and to aim to pass the ABRSM Copper Music Medal by the end of Year 9.
- To compose, perform, record, package and market their own song on CD
Extra-curricular: Music making
Tuition is offered in piano, keyboard, woodwind and brass instruments, violin, guitar and drum kit. From January 2017, students will be encouraged to form their own bands through a Rock School project. There are many opportunities to perform in musicals and concerts, in ensembles and the school choir.