We want to ensure every student enjoys music and gains a real sense of achievement as a result. We believe that it is important that all students, whatever their musical ability, have the opportunity to improve their skills and appreciate the joy of composing, playing or singing live music and have fun along the way!
We actively encourage students to bring their own instruments into lesson time in many of our projects and encourage playing in an ensemble. By becoming involved in listening, learning and performing, we hope that all our students will develop and maintain a life-long love of music and appreciate the huge importance it has in all our lives.
COURSE OUTLINES – MUSIC
Year 7 Course Outline – Music:
In the Autumn term we cover singing, performance, keyboard skills, TV themes and the use of notation.
In the Spring term students are introduced to musical vocabulary, rhythmic and melodic notation and the instruments of the orchestra.
In the Summer term students try out music from other cultures, including African drumming. A summer project gives all the students the time and space to improve and refine their compositions.
Year 8 Course Outline – Music:
In the Autumn term we explore keyboard riffs and hooks, following simple musical scores and the use of ICT in music.
In the Spring term students are encouraged to compose melodies and understand compositional devices. We also study music of film (screen) and theatre (stage).
In the Summer term we look at rhythmic notation, the style and impact of football songs/anthems and perform some salsa!
Year 9 Course Outline – Music:
In the Autumn term topics studied include the riffs and hooks, handling music ICT software programs including Sibelius and explore disco music of the 1970s and 1980s.
In the Spring term students learn about music from the past and learn medieval composition techniques. They then have the opportunity to complete a personal study/composition project in a genre of their own choice.
In the Summer term we find out about the contribution music makes to radio advertisements. After this, students will be invited to write a jingle and/or do voice-overs or provide backing vocals. The final part of the term will be taken up with creating and performing a radio show.
Each student is (baseline) assessed early in the Autumn term and all students are given a target to aim for by the time they have completed year 9. In line with this overarching target, we set interim targets at the end of years 7 and 8 to make sure that each student is doing whatever possible to reach his/her potential.
The department sets and marks three main projects per year; these assessments normally make up part of the extended project work over a number of weeks that the students develop. Homework tasks, presentations, practice, composition and research or other tasks also contribute to the assessments made in line with the levels of attainment reached.
More information about our assessment procedures can be found on the department website which also includes sources of help for parents and students on the key assessments where appropriate.
DANCE AND DRAMA
Students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning in order to develop their independence. Parental co-operation however is valued. Homework in key stage 3 is set to consolidate practical work being undertaken in lessons and to allow students to continue to develop their own dance and drama interests, applying what they have learned to a range of different styles and genres. Some homework links up with art and design or music.
The department sets one to two half-termly homework tasks for all students in years 7 to 9. Students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning in order to develop their independence. Parental co-operation however is valued.
Homework in key stage 3 is set to consolidate practical work being undertaken in lessons and to allow students to continue to develop their own musical interests, applying what they have learned to a range of different musical experiences. Some homework links music with art and design or drama and dance. All homework is available to view online on the VLE website.
We offer an exciting and comprehensive range of extended music activities which allows students to practise and perform in specialist instrumental groups and/or larger groups where there is a greater variety and range of instruments.
Weekly sessions at lunchtimes take place in the Woodwind Ensemble (flutes, saxophones, oboes and clarinets), Strings Ensemble (violin, viola, ’cello and double bass), Guitar Ensemble (grade 3+ players). In addition students have the opportunity to sing in the Lutterworth Stars’ Choir and are offered a number of solo vocal and instrumental performance opportunities – often in front of large audiences.
Within all lessons practical work is challenging yet differentiated for individual need. More able students are given challenge tasks within all project work to enable them to access higher level work. Students are encouraged to work independently, often bringing in their own specialist instruments and musical repertoire. In year 9 students are given the opportunity to experience GCSE style work.
In addition to the range of extracurricular activities on offer, we provide curriculum enrichment activities such as ‘Orchestral Workshops’, ‘Samba Band’, ‘Singing Days’, ‘African Drumming’, ‘Instrumentalists’ Days’ and ‘Music Technology Days’ to stretch and challenge the more able.
The department continues to benefit from a large number of instrumental teachers who visit the school on a weekly basis offering one-to-one and small group specialist instrumental lessons. There is a guitar/vocals/drums/keyboards group on offer to elected students who would benefit from learning an instrument who would not otherwise be able to access such opportunities.
Support is available in some lessons through the SEN department. Music teachers liaise regularly with teaching assistants, ensuring a high standard of learning is accessible for all students.
Our young instrumentalists support, mentor and coach our primary school instrumentalists through the Lutterworth Area Schools’ Association (LASA) and our partnership schools as part of the orchestral workshops we offer periodically.
In the classroom students support one another through: demonstrating and modelling work, encouraging each other to perform creating a safe and fun environment, peer assessment and being responsible for the learning environment.