Music

Director of Music:
Mr R. Huw Thomas
Teacher of Music:
Mr Matthew Bennett
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Visiting Peripatetic Music Teachers

Bass Guitar – Jon Hardcastle
Brass Instruments – Graham Paul*
Cello – Jess Gardiner*
Classical Guitar – Linda Kelsall-Barnett
Drums – Stuart Cannings
Electric Guitar – Jon Hardcastle
Flute – Katy Brereton
Piano – tbc
Singing – Erin Turner (to July 2017)
Violin – Lou Mansbridge*
Woodwind Instruments – Emma Milne*

*West Sussex Music

Key Stage 3

Performing

Whether performing as a singer or instrumentalist, opportunities to perform include keyboard, guitar, percussion or vocal repertoires which encourage pupils to develop technique or to incorporate performing skills acquired beyond the classroom. Performances are subsequently reviewed with areas for improvement considered and developed further.

Composing

Improvising and experimenting with rhythm, pitch, melody, harmony, texture, structure, tempo and style are all key features which enable pupils to realise original compositions focused on particular genres or areas of study. Compositions are subsequently refined and developed for performance or realisation.

Listening

Pupils study music from different genres, styles, cultures and traditions. This forms the basis of understanding main characteristics and key features. These form the basis for aural development, appraising and analysis.

KS3 Music Steps

Key Stage 4

Performing

Pupils prepare a repertoire for a final assessment of two selected pieces, a Solo and an Ensemble piece. These are submitted with a recording and a notated score of the music performed.

Composing

Pupils prepare a folio of compositions from which two are selected for final submission and assessment. These must be from two different areas of study and are accompanied by a recording and notated score of the music composed.

Music 2Listening and Appraising

Pupils study and analyse an anthology of eight pieces assigned to Four Areas of Study. Pupils develop a musical understanding of this repertoire, in terms of style, genre, epoch and culture. Pupils are assessed in a final listening written paper which provides opportunities for pupils to select and use musical terms in answering questions appropriate to the selected extract being listened to.

For further details follow this link - GCSE Music exam specification

Music Clubs

All pupils are encouraged to participate in extracurricular music making opportunities. Choirs include the Big Choir (all years) and Year 7 and 8 Choir.

Ensembles include The Bishop Luffa Swing Band, Classical Guitar Group, Electric Guitar Group, Instrumental Group, Ukelele Group and various other rock/pop groups, worship groups, quartets, trios, and duos.

Performing Opportunities

These are organised in an annual calendar of events and include; The Piano & Guitar Concert (October); The Annual Carol Service (December); Christmas Performing (many various venues) (December); Annual School Concert (March/April); in addition to, “Open Mic”, the Variety Show, Music for Open Evening, School Eucharist, Battle of the Bands and many other ad hoc musical performances or musical activities related to other curriculum areas.