Departmental Staff
    
Teacher:-                                 Mr W Sarjeant
  
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How is Music Taught?
  
Music is taught through practical musical experience. Students are given the opportunity to compose and perform their own compositions in addition to performing existing music. They will listen to/watch a wide range of existing music from a variety of sources to encourage an eclectic appreciation of music.

We have two teaching rooms, several practice rooms and an IT facility. These rooms provide the opportunity to work as an individual, whole class or in small groups.

Students are taught in mixed ability form groups. In Years 7 and 8, they receive two 1 hour lessons per fortnight. In year 9 it is one hour per fortnight.  Homework is set each fortnight and designed to be used within lessons that follow or enhance the understanding of work already completed. The biggest homework event is the Stomp model in Year 8 that remains on display in the music department for part of the year. A high standard of effort in both presentation and content is expected in all student’s homework.
   
Music in Key Stage 3

Throughout Key Stage 3, students are taught how to compose, perform, record, listen to and assess their own work and that of their peers. Non-musical skills such as team work, independent learning, organisation, responsibility for your own work and behaviour, respect for the department/equipment, focused listening, self-appraisal and respect for the ideas and opinions of others are all taught and encouraged in music. Confidence in performing music will be developed through frequent opportunities and students being taught what it means to be a respectful, supportive audience. Lessons are designed to allow access at all entry levels.

During the first term of Year 7 students will complete a singing project where they will learn a selection of songs that will be performed at the Christmas concert. They can then opt to perform their classwork as a Year 7 choir for the concert. Students can also join the school choir Friday Sing at any point.

During Key Stage 3, topics will include: Rhythm, Singing, Keyboard, Haunted House Composition, Stomp, Blues, Film Music, Popular Music and Song Writing and Samba. In each year, the Band Together scheme provides the opportunity for students to perform as a whole class band using a variety of instruments including keyboard, drum kit, bass guitar electric guitar. Students who play any other instruments are encouraged to use these skills here! The songs covered will range from current to classics, often with the students able to choose their own song.
 
Music in Key Stage 4

The AQA Music GCSE course is followed in Key Stage 4 where students will develop and increase skills that have been learnt in Key Stage 3. Students will complete two major compositions on Sibelius software, perform a solo and ensemble piece and complete a listening paper of 1 hour where they will be expected to answer questions about musical extracts heard. All GCSE students are expected to take part in some way in the various concerts throughout the year.
    
Music Outside the Classroom

The music lesson encourages students to use their skills in their own time both at school and at home, which in turn, contributes to higher standards of performance and achievement within the classroom. We have a choir which students can join without audition-if you like singing, you are qualified! Practice rooms are full and lively at lunch times with pupils creating their own bands. All of these groups work towards performing in the concerts/gigs/shows during the year. In the last couple of years, we have sung at the Mayor’s Charity Garden Party, The Welwyn Lights switch on 2014, Wembley Arena as part of Voice in a Million and also performed Christmas Songs at two local care centres.
  
Use of New Technologies

Music has now started to use Pinterest, Twitter (@musicatfreds), Edmodo and Soundcloud to enhance the learning experience in music. These technologies will be used for classwork, homework and useful information such as rehearsals for shows concerts, sharing work and trips.  We also have a wordpress site that students can access for extra information.

Instrumental Music Lessons

We have lessons available in the following:

  • Vocal
  • Guitar/Bass Guitar
  • Piano/Keyboard
  • Drums

Students are welcome to use facilities available at lunchtimes and after school to practice should they choose to take up an instrument. They are expected to provide their own music at the suggestion of their music teacher and after a time, if they are serious about continuing, their own instrument to enable home practice which is essential to their development as a musician.

Please feel free to get in touch with any questions about music lessons.

How Could Music Be Useful?

In addition to specific music fields, this subject develops an incredible range of personal skills, not least the responsibility for your own work and initiative. Students need to reach a good standard of performance and this can only be achieved through home practice and participation in groups. Confidence levels are increased which is essential for going forward for interviews in college and the workplace, also providing something different about the student that could demonstrate that the student is capable of a broader range of skills than their competitor. The creative arts form an incredibly large part of society at all levels both as part of people’s lives and in business.

Homework

In Key Stage 3 homework is set once a fortnight and is intended to support learning in the next lesson.