Pupils have access to two well-equipped Music classrooms including state of the art Apple Mac computers. Pupils are encouraged to use a variety of equipment to express their creative and performance skills through the exploration of a range of musical styles.
The music curriculum at Key Stage 3 provides pupils with one lesson per week and we aim for excellence by encouraging participation and creativity. The Key Stage 3 Music curriculum follows these broad topics:
Year 7: African Music, Programme Music, Keyboard Skills, Medieval Music, Music For Special Events, Latin American Dance Music, Film Music
Year 8: Blues, Britpop, Minimalism, Music in Advertising, Ragtime Music, Indian Music, Cover Versions
Music is also popular in Key Stage 4 where Years 9, 10 and 11 pupils can opt to follow the Edexcel GCSE Music course. Here they can refine their general musical skills through specialising in composing, performing and listening activities.
Beyond the classroom, the extended musical curriculum is vibrant and well supported. We have a large team of visiting peripatetic teachers from Hampshire Music Service who provide opportunities for pupils to learn most musical instruments and take singing lessons. We consolidate this specialist tuition by implementing a variety musical opportunities to further develop musicianship. These activities currently include a choir, brass ensemble, concert band, jazz band and string orchestra, all of which regularly take part in our regular concerts both in college and in the wider community. In addition we try to include as many pupils as possible in our stage shows, the most recent of which were Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Bugsy Malone and The Wizard Of Oz.