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Welcome to the Music Department



Department Staff

Miss C Hewitt Teacher in Charge of Music/Director of Vocational Studies - chewitt@archbishops.kent.sch.uk

Miss S McShea Teacher of Music - smcshea@archbishops.kent.sch.uk  

 

 

KS3 Curriculum

Pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 follow a Music curriculum based on the DfE Programme of Study that aims for all pupils to:

  • perform, listen to and evaluate music from a wide range of genres and traditions

  • learn to sing and use their voices

  • improvise and compose music and understand how music is created

  • play musical instruments and use technology to perform and create music

  • play and perform confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts

(Adapted from: www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-music-programmes-of-study)

Pupils have the opportunity to play a range of musical instruments, sing, compose music through technology and develop a deeper understanding of the music they perform. 

 


KS4 Curriculum

Pupils may select to study the Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music in Years 10 and 11. The course provides a practical, real-world approach to learning and develops specific knowledge and skills learners need to work successfully in the music industry. The Award offers students the opportunity to develop their understanding of music through performance, composition, music technology and an exploration of the music industry.

The course is designed to be adaptable to learner needs, interests and career aspirations and consists of two core units plus a choice of two optional specialist units from a range of specialist areas (totalling 120 guided learning hours):

 

EDEXCEL BTEC LEVEL 2 FIRST AWARD IN MUSIC

Unit

Core Units

Assessment Method

GLH

1

The Music Industry

External

30

2

Managing a Music Product

Internal

30

 

Optional Specialist Units

3

Introducing Live Sound

Internal

30

4

Introducing Music Composition

Internal

30

5

Introducing Music Performance

Internal

30

6

Introducing Music Recording

Internal

30

7

Introducing Music Sequencing

Internal

30

 

Assessment

Most of the units in the Award are internally assessed, meaning that the assignments are devised and marked by the teachers. Assessment takes place through a range of activities such as performances, compositions, presentations and written work. Unit 1, The Music Industry, is the only unit that is externally assessed and consists of a paper-based exam, lasting one hour, marked by Edexcel.

 

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KS5 Curriculum

In Years 12 and 13 we currently offer the Edexcel BTEC National Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Performing). This qualification covers a variety of practical music making skills as well as the opportunities to study music through the ages and genres. It gives an understanding of employment opportunities available to musicians, so that learners can progress into a specific area of work or higher education.

The course is designed to be adaptable to learner needs, interests and career aspirations and consists of one mandatory unit plus a choice of one specialist unit and four optional units from a range of specialist areas (totalling 60 credits and 360 guided learning hours).


 Structure

This qualification is made up of one mandatory (compulsory) unit. This is:

  • Music Performance Techniques [10 credits]

Learners must then complete at least one of two specialist units. These are:

  • Solo Music Performance Skills [10 credits]

  • Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble [10 credits]

 

Learners may then select from optional units to provide for a total of 60 credits. Some of these optional units are:

  • Classical Music in Practice [10 credits]

  • Composing Music [10 credits]

  • Improvising Music [10 credits]

  • Music Performance Session Styles [10 credits]

  • Music Project [10 credits]

  • Musical Theatre Performance [10 credits]

  • Pop Music in Practice [10 credits]

Assessment

 

The Subsidiary Diploma uses a combination of assessment styles both practical and written that allow pupils to showcase their learning and skills to best effect. The course covers musicianship, composing, rehearsal, repertoire development, music technology and music business awareness, and is taught through practical workshops, theory lessons, tutorials and solo and ensemble rehearsal sessions. The Subsidiary Diploma is assessed through internal assessments, set and marked by the teachers.

 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Instrumental Tuition

We have a number of peripatetic instrumental teachers who can offer tuition on the following:

Bass Guitar, All Brass Instruments, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Drums, Electric Guitar, Flute, Piano, Keyboard, Saxophone, Singing, Violin.

If your child would like to learn an instrument, please contact MLessons@archbishops.kent.sch.uk for an application form.


 

Music Clubs


The Archbishop's School Choir

 Choir Singing

Come and join us!

Rehearsals every Monday and Friday lunch time.

1:25pm - 1:55pm

Music Room


The Archbishop's School Orchestra

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Come and join us!

Rehearsals every Thursday lunch time.

1:25pm - 1:55pm

Music Room