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Music

Music at Our Lady’s is taught to all pupils in Years 7 – 9 and as an optional GCSE.

Staffing

We have one full time and one part time specialist members of staff and who deliver the full Music curriculum to all pupils at Key Stage 3 and Key stage 4:

  • Mr Robinson (Principal Teacher of Music)
  • Mrs Best (Teacher of Music)

Facilities

The Music Department has two purpose built classrooms, each containing a KORG GEC3 Group Education Controller and a wide array of electric and acoustic instruments. The department has 5 purpose built practice rooms.

Curriculum

Key Stage 3Key Stage 4

All pupils follow a structured curriculum at Key Stage 3 in two periods per fortnight throughout Year 7 – 9. Pupils have the opportunity to work individually, in pairs and in groups during the following topics.

In Year 7 pupils study:

  • Keyboard
  • Music Technology – Garageband for iPad
  • Drums
  • Guitar
  • Ukulele
  • Violin
  • Brass
  • Singing

In Year 8 pupils study:

  • Keyboard
  • Music Technology – Garageband for iPad
  • Drums
  • Guitar
  • Ukulele
  • Violin
  • Brass
  • Singing

In Year 9 pupils study:

  • Guitar Group
  • Rock Bands
  • Music Technology – Garageband for iPad
  • Drums
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard

Groups of 16 pupils study a full GCSE in Music in five periods per fortnight which is AQA GCSE Music. This consists of:

Area of Study 1 – Understanding Music
Area of Study 2 – Composing Music
Area of Study 3 – Performing Music

Pupils will sit a combined listening and written examination at the end of Year 11. Components 2 and 3 are internally and externally assessed pieces of coursework.

There are no tiered papers in Music and every pupil has full access to the whole range of grades 9-1.

Area of Study 1 – Understanding Music (40%)

  • Timbre & Dynamics, Melody & Texture, Harmony & Tonality, Rhythm & Metre.
  • Set works including: Santana, The Beatles, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland.

Area of Study 2 – Composing Music (30%)

  • Pupils compose two pieces of music, one of which relates to a given stimulus.

Areas of Study 3 – Performing Music (30%)

  • Pupils perform a solo piece of music and an ensemble piece of music which total no less than 4 minutes.

Extra-Curricular Activities

All pupils have the opportunity to take place in the following ensembles/ activities:

  • Samba Band
  • Concert Band
  • Woodwind Group
  • String Group
  • Choir
  • Guitar Group
  • School Production
  • Liturgical Music
  • Internal and external performances

If you require further information about this curriculum area please contact the Principal Teacher Mr P Robinson – pro@olchs.lancs.sch.uk