The Performing Arts Faculty is comprised of Music, Drama and Dance subject specialisms. We have plenty of purpose-fitted rooms so there is always something going on!
- Large Music teaching and rehearsal room
- Macbook studio with Garageband and Sibelius software
- 3 Practice Rooms
- Instrument store cupboard
- A large Drama studio/2 drama classrooms
- Dance Studio
- Auditorium with lighting and sound booth
What We Do In Lessons:
In Years 7 and 8, all students receive one hour of music and one hour of drama per week.
In Year 7, students will cover a wide range of different topics. Work begins by looking at the 'Elements of Music'; what are the building blocks of music?
Throughout Years 7 and 8 students will investigate topics including:
- African Drumming
- Music for Film and TV
- Composing using Garageband software
- Pop Song Writing
- Radio and Podcast Production
In Year 7 and 8, students will develop keyboard performance skills and music technology and composition skills through studying:
· Rock music
· Folk Music
· Film Music
· African drumming
· Rap music
· Rock and roll
· Electronic dance music
· Rock band Performance
For more information, please contact Mr Szyszlo.
Music at KS4
Examination Board EDEXCEL BTEC
Aims and Objectives: To fulfil the criteria for KS4 Music courses and to prepare students for a further study of music at KS5.
Course Requirements Listening
You will be expected to be able to listen to a range of varied musical styles and answer questions on what you hear. You may be asked to answer exam questions or write reports about this music.
You will be expected to create your own music. This could be in a style of your choice or in line with a project brief. We have a variety of different and exciting musical software available to help you create your musical masterpieces.
Performing: You are required to perform a solo and an ensemble on any instrument and should expect to perform frequently throughout the course both formally and informally.
Deadline for Coursework
In Years 10 and 11 you are expected to compose at least one piece of music and to have performed at least once per half-term.
To do well at KS4 Music you do not need to be the world’s greatest performer, but you do need to be able to perform on an instrument/voice when you are asked. If you enjoy singing or have a basic ability on a keyboard or guitar, for example, you will be good enough to take KS4 Music. During lessons you will work in a variety of different styles. You will work on your own, in small groups and as a class. You will be asked to perform, compose, listen and carry out research.
The course involves the study of Popular Music, Classical Music and World Music.
In Years 7 and 8 students develop creative characters and plotlines through a variety of Drama conventions. Students explore this over a range of different topics such as:
- Oliver Twist
- Darkwood Manor
- Greek Theatre
- Joy riding
- Fairy Tales
And much, much more…
In Years 7 and 8 students will do a 6-8 week block of dance during their PE lessons. They will develop basic dance skills such as timing, flexibility , co ordination , dynamics and musicality. Students explore these through a variety of different genres such as:
- Street Dance
- Contemporary Dance
- Commercial Dance
- HipHop Dance
- And many, many more.
Year 9 And Beyond…
At the end of Year 8 students can opt to study music, drama or dance at BTEC level. Both the Performing Arts course (Dance or Drama) and Music courses are exciting programmes of study that develop students’ confidence and communication skills.
BTEC Music – Level 1/2
- Provides students the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the music world.
- This course allows students to develop essential skills and attributes prized by employers, Further Education colleges and Higher Education institutions.
- It is graded slightly differently from some other qualifications as you will either achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade.
Unit 1: The Music Industry
In this unit you will study the formation of the modern music industry covering the emergence of the role of the self-employed producer, performer and promoter.
Unit 2: Managing a Music Product
This unit introduces the role of planning and promotion in the management of a music product. Learners can base their work on a live concert, event, a CD or online product providing opportunities for both music performers and technologists.
Unit 3: Introducing Music Composition
Students develop creativity in addressing specific needs and requirements when responding to client briefs similar to the behaviour required in the professional world of music composition.
Unit 4: Introducing Music Performance
Students develop their skills as performers refining their technique and reflective practice.
BTEC Performing Arts Level 1/2
Students study three units to gain a BTEC within two years.
Year 9 spend the year developing skills to build towards their BTEC. They will work on different scripts as well as devising their own work. This will fully prepare them for the start of year 10.
Unit 1: Individual Showcase
In this unit students will prepare two monologues that they will perform as if they were auditioning. They will also complete a letter of application to a Performing Arts college.
Unit 2: Preparation, Performance, Production
In unit 2 students will work in groups to create a play from the beginning planning process through to the end culminating in a final performance.
Unit 3: Acting Skills
In this unit students will work on extracts from a script to develop their acting skills. They will need to be reflective and keep a log of their improvements week by week.
Students study three units to gain them a BTEC within two years. Year 9 spend the year developing skills to build towards their BTEC.
Unit 1: Individual Showcase
In this unit students will prepare a dance solo of a style of their choice that they will perform as if they were auditioning. They will also complete a letter of application to a Performing Arts college.
Unit 2: Preparation, Performance, Production
In unit 2 students will work in groups to create a dance piece from the beginning planning process through to the end culminating in a final performance.
Unit 3: Dance Skills
In this unit students will work on at least 2 contrasting dance styles and their dance skills. They will need to be reflective and keep a log of their improvements week by week.
Extra Curricular Activities:
There are many of exciting opportunities to get involved with music outside of lesson times.
- "Pop Choir" is a singing group which meets once a week. Here you will have the chance to sing modern pop music as part of large group.
- Orchestra is open to all instrumentalists. The group performs everything from Film Music and TV Theme Tunes to Brahms and Beethoven!
- Garageband drop in sessions are open twice a week during our lunch break. Pop in to produce some of your own music.
- The Marvell Theatre company meets on one lunch time a week to develop script work and to create new pieces of theatre.
- Dance Club – we work on a range of street dance genres that collate into a crew performance.
Lessons are available on:
- Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Oboe
- Trumpet, Cornet, Trombone, French Horn, Tuba
- Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
- Drum Kit & Percussion
- Piano & Keyboard