The primary focus within the classroom is the promotion key transferrable skills, including: independence, team work, coordination, collaboration and presentation. The synthesis of ideas, development of concepts, and ability to communicate effectively are all required and valued by developing industries. Practical learning is enjoyed by our students in lessons, and crucially, it enables them to acquire and put into practice the key central proficiencies that are intrinsically connected to the values upheld by established musical institutions and professions alike.
The music department has recently acquired a state-of-the art suite of Apple Macintosh computers, each equipped with a dedicated controller keyboard, and a generous selection of up-to-date music composition and production software packages - including Sibelius 7, GarageBand and Audacity to name a few. Other departmental facilities include two high-capacity classrooms, each equipped with a minimum of 15 full-size keyboards, a tuned piano, drum kit, stereo system with full connectivity, PA equipment and a large range of high quality hand held percussion instruments. The department also has 4 dedicated dual purpose teaching and practise rooms – each with a tuned piano - which may be booked by students to use in their free time
Syllabuses (Course Outline and Structure)
The course at key stage three aims to promote the fundamental skills of composition, performance and appraisal. A variety of exciting projects enable our students to acquire, practise and assimilate several musical techniques. The range of musical styles and genres which are explored in lessons span through to incorporate examples of our most important western classical music, many styles of the twentieth century, the world of ethno musicology and the exciting challenges of modern experimentation.
At A level, candidates are encouraged to develop skills further, and learn in depth through composition, analysis, history and performance based on a series of set works. Discussions are highly engaging and wide ranging, and students enjoy formulating and arguing their individual findings based on their informed and developing perspectives. A departmental library of scores, books and resources is available for research and information.
Entry Requirements and Prohibited Options
At GCSE, previous training is not required but enthusiasm and willingness to work towards a high standard will stand you in good stead. You will need to be willing to learn and develop your performance abilities as this one of the core elements. You will also need to be open to new ideas and suggestions when creating your compositions.
Activities and Trips
We have an excellent range of enthusiastic, talented young students to whom we are dedicated in supporting and developing their musicianship. We host a minimum of at least two school concerts annually with a full and varied programme of talented acts including: bands, ensembles, orchestras, choirs, and many talented individuals. Several smaller performances take place regularly within the school, and we are frequently invited to play outside the school at several venues throughout the local community. The school’s thriving music department positively endeavours to promote musical appreciation, fun and enjoyment throughout all stages of learning.
Extra-curricular activities take place daily at lunch-times and after school. We actively encourage any students who want to be included to participate. Individual instrumental tuition is arranged in conjunction with the Solihull Peripatetic Music Service in school hours. For any further information, please contact the school by phone, or e-mail Mr A GraingerCurriculum Leader: Music, directly.
It is important that students and parents/carers understand any costs associates with your course. Please include field trips, exchanges, books and equipment costs.
Complimentary Subject Combinations and Enrichment Activities
The attendance of a variety of concerts from any genre would be of a benefit.
Suitable venues are Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Town Hall, Birmingham, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, LG Arena, Birmingham, Richo Arena, Coventry.
Schemes of Work
Mr A Grainger