Music

We consider every student to possess the skills to be a musician. Music is not an additional activity but a subject where pupils who wish to pursue it to the highest level can achieve that goal. Some of our students attend conservatoire junior departments and students go on to study music at university and conservatoires.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

At Key Stage 3, students are exposed to a variety of musical styles. In each year a western classical style, a popular style and a world style are studied. For example, Year 8 study the music of Mozart, the blues and North African drumming. Students learn about these styles through performance and compositional tasks. These tasks allow students to build up a strong theoretical understanding, including understanding notation, as well as a wide musical vocabulary with which to appraise the music. This curriculum prepares all students to go on and study music at GCSE and A level.

Senior Music Choir

GCSE (Years 10 & 11)

Examination Board: AQA

The course allows students of a range of abilities and interests to broaden and develop their knowledge of music through performance, composition and appraising. There are three areas of study; the western classical tradition, popular music and world music. Music is studied in greater detail, including the introduction of basic score analysis through a set work, namely Symphony 101 in D major The Clock, movt. 2 by Haydn. More time is spent on composing and performance, often using music software such as Logic X and Sibelius. Students are provided with the opportunity to establish their own musical identity.

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Extra Curriculum

ClubDayTime
BarbershopMondaysLunchtime
Senior OrchestraTuesdaysLunchtime
Junior ChoirWednesdaysLunchtime
Junior Orchestra & Senior Chamber ChoirThursdaysLunchtime
Rainbow RecordersFridays3.30pm

Students are provided with the opportunity for individual instrumental tuition on a wide variety of instruments. Further information available at reception or by emailing fbader@bcsweb.co.uk

"Next to the word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world" Martin Luther