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Music

Staffing and Role

Mr Lester Head of Music
Mrs Parker Teacher of Music
Mrs Middleton Teacher of Music

Vision Statement

In Music we aim to provide a stimulating and musical learning environment where pupils receive high quality experiences and enrichment opportunities. We want students to develop an appreciation and enjoyment of music through active participation in a full range of activities both within and outside the classroom.

Music is part of the Performing Arts faculty.

KS3 Curriculum

All students in years 7 and 8 have one lesson of Music a week and will study a unit of work every half term, covering a variety of genres, styles and traditions of music as shown below:

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

African Music & Folk Music

Keyboard & Notation

Musicals

Ukulele & Song Writing

Heroes & Villains

Orchestra & Variations

Year 8

Latin American & Indian Music

Pop Riffs

Band Skills (Musical Futures)

Classical Music (Bach & Beethoven)

Film Music (History and Performance)

Film Music (Composition & Technology)


Students will learn how to sing, play the keyboard and percussion, and will have the opportunity to perform on guitar, bass, drum kit amongst other instruments. They will also compose their own music using iMac computers, and listen to and analyse a wide variety of musical styles and genres as well as learn about the context and history of these traditions. One piece of homework will be set as appropriate to the unit of work through ‘Teams’ and will be research-based. Students will also record their grades based around clear success criteria and make targets on how they can improve their learning with the help of their teacher. Students that own an instrument are encouraged to bring them to music lessons.

KS4 Curriculum

We offer GCSE Music (Edexcel exam board) as an option subject from Year 9. Students will have the opportunity to learn and improve performing skills on an instrument of their choice, participating in an informal concert or recording session each term to build up the solo and ensemble pieces required for their final assessment. Students will also learn and develop composition skills in a number of genres using industry-standard music production and notation software. Students will learn how to analyse and appraise music based on the four areas of study listed below and two set works from each area:

  • Instrumental Music 1700 –1820 (Bach: Brandenburg Concert No. 5 in D Major and Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor)
  • Vocal Music (Purcell: ‘Music for a While’ and Queen: ‘Killer Queen’)
  • Music for Stage and Screen (Stephen Schwartz: ‘Defying Gravity’ from the musical Wicked and John Williams: ‘Main Title’ from the film Star Wars)
  • Fusions (Afro Celt Sound System: ‘Release’ and Esperanza Spalding: ‘Samba Em Prelúdio’)

Reading List & Useful Websites

Extra-curricular Information

We have a range of regular ensembles that take place every week as well as a number of activities, trips and projects throughout the year that you can get involved in. Whatever stage you are at as a musician there is something for you, whether you receive tuition from the school or not, and when you reach a certain standard you can join the Concert Orchestra, Testbourne Allstars or audition for Bella Voce choir. We run a Music tour abroad every other year and perform within the local community to give our musicians professional performance platforms and experiences.

Accommodation

There are two classrooms, one of which is a superbly equipped Music ICT Suite - fitted with 16 iMac computers, running industry-standard music programmes Logic Pro X and Sibelius.  Both rooms have interactive whiteboards and audio equipment, with ample storage space.  There are three small practice rooms and a huge range of acoustic and electric instruments including pianos, keyboards, percussion, guitars, amps, drum kits and a 10 tabla drums.

Instrumental and Vocal Tuition

We offer a full range of high quality individual and group tuition for a range of instruments and vocals. Please click here for further information.

Quotes from students

“In the Music Department, we use iMacs for composition and music production and have many practice rooms for performance. Music making allows us to be more creative.”

“I think that Music is a great subject as there are so many opportunities such as the music tour abroad, Carol Concert and TestFest. There are also a range of clubs such as Bella Voce for girls and Acafellas for boys as well as an orchestra, brass and woodwind group.”

“Music is my favourite lesson at Testbourne as I get to learn in a practical way and the lessons are fun but also make me think.”