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2019-2020 OCR GCSE COURSE MAP FOR STUDENTS IN YEAR 10 & 11

 

We have recently added a second Music classroom to the School as we have been oversubscribed in Year 7 these last couple of years! We have also installed four Apple Mac based recording studios in the Music department which will further enhance the curriculum and provide extra-curricular enrichment as well as being available to our GCSE students to use for their composition coursework. It is a very exciting time for Music within the School with the development last year of our School Orchestra, Choir and ‘Mr Roderick’s School of Rock’ and this Year Ms Herbert’s Jazz Band. Uptake of instrument lessons has increased steadily and we have had many memorable performances; students representing the School in the incredible ‘Sanctum’ project at Temple Church, the School’s ‘Jungle Book’, Oliver and Bugsy Malone productions, plus the Summer and Winter Galas being some particular high points. With more teachers teaching Music and plans for this year there is a real buzz around the department.

Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way students feel, think and act. Music forms part of an individual’s identity and positive interaction with music can develop students’ competence as learners and increase their self-esteem. Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal and cultural expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, music helps students to understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world. At FHS, we encourage a respectful and positive environment, within which students feel secure and able to express themselves. They develop an aesthetic appreciation of music and culture, whilst reflecting on their own and others’ performances in order to make progress.                                            

Music education encourages active involvement in different forms of music-making, both individual and communal, helping to develop a sense of group identity and togetherness. Music can influence students’ development in and out of school by fostering personal development and maturity, creating a sense of achievement and self-worth, and increasing their ability to work with others in a group context.

Music learning develops students’ critical skills: their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of music, and to make judgments about musical quality. It also increases self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfillment.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students study Music with a specialist music teacher once a week in a dedicated music classroom.

Music is very active here at FHS. Students learn through performing, composing and appraising. They learn on a variety of instruments including keyboards, tuned percussion, guitar, bass guitars, drums, singing, and percussion instruments. Students also use ICT to enhance their work.

Students study an array of music from around the world and from different times, including dance music, vocal music, blues, reggae, African and samba drumming, film music, rap and pop music.

Key Stage 4

Music at Key Stage 4 continues the work studied at Key Stage 3 in more depth.  Some areas of study include pop music, classical music, dance music, film music and developing competency on their chosen instrument. Students choosing to study Music at GCSE level are encouraged to have instrumental lessons. This will support their learning, as well as the course requirements for their solo and ensemble performances.

GCSE involves coursework which is based on the students’ own choice. This allows them to focus on the music they are interested in for their compositions whilst learning about and absorbing a wide range of musical traditions from which to draw upon and explore through their compositions.

Extra Curricular

The music department now offers five practice rooms, which students can book to use to create and rehearse their music. They are allowed to use the school’s instruments or bring in their own.

We also offer:

  • Choir
  • School of Rock
  • Chamber Group
  • Jazz Band
  • KS3 Music Club
  • Year 11 Theory / Revision

The music department works closely with the Drama and Dance department to produce an annual school musical. Past shows have included ‘Hairspray’, ‘Oliver’, ‘Bugsy Malone’, ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’ and ‘We Will Rock You’. Last year’s ‘Bugsy Malone’ production was a real success with 2 sold out shows and some wonderful memories being created for staff, students and parents alike.

Peripatetic lessons

Here at FHS we offer a wide range of instrumental lessons on orchestral as well as more popular music focused instruments and singing, plus music production. These are taught by visiting specialist professional instrumental teachers from the award-winning ‘Bristol Plays Music’ music support service. 

Trips

The music department likes to offer at least four trips per year, some of which collaborate with Dance and Drama departments. This is in order to give students a chance of experiencing professional live performances.  Past trips have included The Royal Albert Hall, ‘The Lion King’, ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Hairspray’ the musical. Plans this year include taking a group of students to see ‘The Cirque du Soleil’ at The Royal Albert Hall.

 

  1. NEW Peripatetic Music Lessons letter 2018-2019
  2. Y10 & 11 Music OCR GCSE Overview

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