Curriculum, vision and aims.
In order for music to be successful in the classroom, it must be fun! Music should be accessible to all pupils and schemes should include evenly the three components;
Composing, Performing and Listening
The subject should provide pupils with challenges and opportunities which develop and extend their skills and interests using a range of resources and teaching styles. The Department employs a range of teaching methods and is particularly committed to child centred learning. Concepts are often explained through practical music. Through such teaching methods we hope pupils will be encouraged to develop not only essential skills to music, but also promote those in the hidden curriculum such as confidence, communication, social interaction, respect of class members and equipment. The department is very keen to explore and extend ways of stimulating pupil progress. We recognise the value of Music technology and have invested heavily in this area. We do however greatly value many traditional and world instruments and deliver a balanced curriculum in which both can be applied in harmony. We also see the need for pupils to use were possible their own instruments during practical lessons. This encourages more interest and extends the skills of the individual.
Rotherham provides an excellent instrumental service to pupils. Where possible pupils are accommodated with instruments, though in return must support instrumental groups during extra-curricular time. Pupils who receive peripatetic lessons at examination level receive free tuition obtaining a musical scholarship through the school. The department has an open door policy where pupils can seek help and advice and be encouraged to use their initiative.
Pupils listen and appraise music in a variety of genres and styles, from different musical periods and cultures. The schemes chosen are broad and designed to extend pupil’s musical experience and knowledge and hopefully widen both their cultural and social experience. It includes examples of music from:
- Classical Western music, from its earliest roots to the present day.
- World music (African drumming, Samba, Gamelan, Indian and fusions.
- Folk and Popular music (from Blues to Dance music).
- Music technology.
The Department has an extensive extra-curricular programme ranging from School Productions to Senior Choir and Pop choir (Lower school), Barbershop, Orchestra/band, Rock bands and smaller vocal and instrumental ensembles. Pupils get many opportunities to perform in class, as well as School Productions, concerts, Full school assemblies and even International tours.
Anthony Wright [Director of Music]
About the Music Department
Traditionally, the Music department has been at the very heart of school life. There are currently 3 Music teachers (Mr Wright – Head of Music, Mrs Ayland and Mrs Clapham – teachers of Music) with a wealth of experience and success, teaching across all key stages. There is a team of Peripatetic music teachers offering tuition in brass, guitar, keyboard, percussion, strings, woodwind – as well as singing lessons. The department also has a dedicated Music Technician / Teaching Assistant.
There are 3 classrooms, all close together with 3 centrally located practice rooms and a recording studio. The music rooms include an iMAC suite operating Sibelius 7 and Logic, a music room housing 10 PCs operating Sibelius 7 and Mixcraft Each classroom have keyboard facilities to support full class activities. The department is also well-equipped – with interactive whiteboards, 8 track portable recording units and a clavinova.
The department also boasts a full complement of African and Samba drums and an extensive range of tuned and untuned percussion. We also have a full complement of guitars and ukuleles.
The Music department has a good track record at GCSE and A Level – with healthy numbers taking the subject. Excellent results have been achieved at GCSE over the past few years with students achieving well above the National average in 2019. At A level the department has enjoyed success over the years with 90% of students meeting / exceeding their aspirational target grade.
The department collaborates across the school and with other creative arts subjects. Every 2 years the school produces a highly successful Musical production. Recent successes have included Honk, Joseph, A Little Shop of Horrors, Les Miserables (SE), Jesus Christ Superstar and Miss Saigon (SE). An extensive extra-curricular programme leads to excellent concerts and performances involving students from all key stages. The department has also run a successful Music tour to Venice in the summer of 2019.
Over the last few years, the department has enjoyed other fantastic opportunities including performing on Radio 4’s ‘The Today Programme’, and performing choral classics ‘One Day More’ and ‘One Moment in Time’ at the ICC in Birmingham – ASCL Conference.
The Music department is friendly and welcoming. The teachers are committed to improving the attainment and learning experience and a programme of extra-curricular activities is provided to ensure that pupils are challenged and developed. The teachers work well as a cohesive team and are keen to see the department expand and develop over the coming years.
Course Introduction Video
Subject Contacts for Support
In the first instance please contact your child’s class teacher using their school email address. The class teacher is in the best position to answer general questions as they will know your child better than anyone.
For more specific questions please contact the following staff by email:
Mr A. Wright (Director of Music)
We will endeavour to reply to any correspondence as soon as possible. If you would like to contact us by telephone please contact school on 01909 771291. They will inform us of your call and we will answer if available or arrange to phone you back.