Music

Head of Music:
Mrs Jane Bowen-Melfi
Teacher of Music:
Mr Matthew Bennett
Music
Visiting Peripatetic Music Teachers

Bass/Electric Guitar – Jon Hardcastle (Monday)
Brass Instruments – Russell Howarth* (Wednesday)
Cello – Jess Gardiner* (Wednesday)
Classical Guitar – Linda Kelsall-Barnett (Wednesday)
Drums – Stuart Cannings (Friday)
Flute – Katy Brereton (Monday)
Singing – Tamzin Barnett (Friday)
Violin – Wendy Cooper* (Tuesday)
Woodwind Instruments – Emma Milne* (Monday & Tuesday)

*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

Why study Music?

Research has shown that studying and playing music can give you: improved language abilities, improved working memory, increased emotional resilience, increased attention span and focus and increased self-confidence and communication skills.

If you like playing and listening to music, GCSE Music is for you! The content of the course encourages students to develop a deeper awareness and understanding of music that is both familiar and unfamiliar. Students have the opportunity in lessons to develop their musical performing, composing and analytical skills throughout the course.

It is expected that students will be approximately Grade 3 or higher in their instrument or voice and are either taking instrumental or singing lessons in or out of school.

It is helpful if students are able to read basic traditional musical notation in treble and bass clef.

As music students, students are also expected to participate in the musical extra-curricular life at school. It is not an ‘easy’ option, but it is very interesting and good fun!

Outline of syllabus content: the GCSE Music syllabus is divided into three areas:

1. Performing
You will be assessed on your performance of at least 2 pieces. This can be a mixture of solo and group performances. However one piece must be a group piece and the minimum total time allowed for performance has to be a minimum of 4 minutes.

2. Composing
You will be assessed on two compositions. One piece must respond to set brief eg: ‘write a piece of music suitable for a haunted house scene in a film’ and one piece will be a free composition. Minimum total composition time (both pieces combined) is 3 minutes. Students will need to present a notated score, composing log and a recording of each piece. Students may compose for any combination of instruments. Please note that group compositions are not allowed.

3. Listening and Appraising
You will have a 1hour 20mins written paper with questions on two set works: ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ (Rainbow) and the Menutto and Trio from Eine Kleine Nachtmusic by Mozart. There will also be questions on different music from the following areas of study: Musical Forms and Devices, Music For Ensemble, Film Music and Popular Music.

Assessment

Performing Music
A portfolio of performances totally at least 4 minutes of performance - internally assessed and externally moderated. This is worth 30% of the total GCSE.

Composing Music
A portfolio of 2/3 compositions totalling at least 3 minutes - internally assessed and externally moderated. This is worth 30% of the total GCSE.

Listening and Appraising
A written paper with questions relating to the 2 set works and general listening – externally assessed and worth 40% of the total GCSE.

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.