Welcome to the Music Department
Croeso i'r Adran Gerddoriaeth
Curriculum Leader: Mrs L Harrison
The Music Department strives to enable all learners to:
develop their confidence, self-expression and imagination through the performing, composing and appraising of music
develop practical and creative skills as an individual and through working with others
understand the history and development of music, and its role in today’s society
develop an appreciation of the importance of music in cultures other than Western societies
gain an understanding of the role of music in Wales, and its importance to the Welsh culture
extend their musical education and experience beyond the boundaries of the classroom.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 learners are taught in mixed ability groups for two hourly sessions per fortnight. Work is differentiated by both resource and outcome.
Lessons are mostly practical and consist of a mixture of the following activities:
Performing – Vocal and Instrumental
Listening and Appraising
Pupils perform, compose and appraise music focusing their listening on the musical elements. Music activities at Key Stage 3 enable pupils to make links between their performing, composing and appraising activities, and work as a class, in a smaller group and as individuals.
Key Stage 4
All learners follow the WJEC GCSE specification at Key Stage 4. Learners build upon the knowledge and skills acquired at KS3, and choose to specialise in one instrument or voice. The course is divided into three units:
· Performing 35%
· Composing 35%
· Listening and Appraising 30%
Learners develop their skills with a common focus on the four areas of study:
1. Musical Forms and Devices
2. Music for Ensemble
3. Film Music
4. Popular Music
Music from a wide variety of styles and periods is studied during the course.
At the end of the course, learners are assessed in:
· Performing - solo and ensemble
· Composing - two individual compositions
· Appraising - listening examination
Peripatetic Music Tuition
Just a reminder that peripatetic music tuition is available again this year on a wide variety of instruments and voice. The cost of a shared lesson is £135 for the year or £405 for an individual lesson. (Funding may be available if your child is in receipt of Free School Meals.) Pupils can collect a letter from the Music Department (G32) at any time. Please contact Mrs L Harrison, Curriculum Leader for Music, if you require any further information about instrumental or vocal tuition.
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