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Who are we?

Head of Department – Mr J Turner

Teachers – Mr D Murphy, Miss R Senior

What do we do?

Key stage 3 Music follows the key elements of performing, composing and evaluating music as outlined in the national curriculum. Year 7 students work on projects which develop singing, composing and performing skills, using percussion instruments, guitars and keyboards.  Students learn how to identify different instruments and how to analyse music using subject specific language.

During year 8, students continue to develop their musical composition, listening and performance skills and complete two projects, for example focussing on pentatonic music and space. Students also develop their knowledge and skills based around a film music topic. Students are encouraged to choose their own instrument, including voice, and form their own bands to perform their own music.

In year 9, students learn about jazz and blues, with particular emphasis on its origins, evolving out of the abolition of slavery in the USA.  Students have independent learning throughout and can choose between keyboard, guitar, drums and voice to develop their performance and composition skills.

Key stage 4 music students study GCSE Music as one of their option subjects.  GCSE music comprises of two performances, two compositions and a final listening exam in Year 11.  60% of the GCSE is coursework, with 40% being exam based.

A day in the life…

During lessons, students can choose which instrument they would like to play, who they work with in a group and in some cases can choose the piece they perform or compose.  This gives the students independent learning skills which motivate them through their enjoyment of the subject.

What career…?

The music industry is part of the creative and cultural industries, represented by the Creative and Cultural Skills Sector Skills Council, which also includes craft; cultural heritage; literature; design; performing arts; and visual arts. The creative and cultural industries currently employ over half a million people.

The music industry includes trade associations, businesses and employers in recording/labels companies; music publishers; musical instruments; audio production and retail; live events and promotion; specialist music retailers; not‐for‐profit music organisation; as well as music education and training providers.

Key facts:

There are over 100,000 people working in the music industry within the wider creative and cultural sector, of which:
– 50,780 work in live performance
– 21,930 in production, retail and distribution of musical instrument /audio equipment
– 15,130 in retail and distribution of recordings
– 10,190 in recording
– 2,890 in composition of musical works and music publishing
– 1,300 in promotion, management and agency related activities

The music industry contributes £4.2 billion to the UK economy.

Jobs in the industry include: agent, artistic director, classical musician, composer, DJ, lighting technician, songwriter, manager, music and audio manufacturer, music conductor, music teacher, performer, publicity and promotions, singer, sound engineer.