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Middlewich High School

Excellence in Learning – Achievement for All

Music

intent

The intent of our music curriculum is to ensure students have the ultimate experience of practical music making, both individually and co-operatively. This encourages students to accept responsibility for their own learning and behaviour and enables them to develop their self-confidence and self- esteem. Students are motivated and engaged by music they value and that is relevant to them, before moving onto other musical genres. Students develop an understanding and appreciation of music from different cultures and different times through a variety of composing, performing and listening and appraising activities, preparing them for further study in their choice of musical pathway.

Through exciting, practical learning students develop cooperative skills, working within a band. They develop ambition to produce high quality music, appreciate other’s views and apply themselves eagerly. Frequent opportunities for public performance are embraced, developing a sense of increased self-esteem, pride and confidence.

Students are encouraged to flourish and foster talent with in a positive environment, within a school culture that values performance. Individual knowledge and skills are supported by expert peripatetic teachers.

"MUSIC EXPRESSES THAT WHICH CANNOT BE SAID AND ON WHICH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO BE SILENT." - VICTOR HUGO 

 

INTRODUCTION

The Music Department offers a wide range and diverse range of topics in all teaching years. Pupils study a range of musical styles and genres, from world music, samba, popular cultures and musical conventions plus many more. Pupils experience music using many different instruments and ICT equipment are used in all year groups. Pupils have access to several practice rooms and dedicated work spaces, in which to complete compositional and group-based work.

DEPARTMENT AIMS

  • Inclusion for all pupils of all abilities.
  • Enrichment through a variety of musical experiences and opportunities.

KEY STAGE 3

The core elements of music – listening, composing, performing and evaluating – run through each topic.  All pupils are encouraged to work creatively and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding through the following topics:

Year 7

Year 8

Samba

Blues 2

Finding Our Voices

Ukulele 2

Notation 1

Band Work 2

Band Work 1

Band Work 2

Blues 1

Notation 2

Ukulele 1

Pachelbel’s Canon

 

KEY STAGE 4

The GCSE course follows the OCR Exam Board curriculum and comprises:

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

We offer an extensive extra-curricular timetable which in which includes vocal groups for boys and girls; an orchestra which welcomes all instruments and abilities; guitar groups, a samba band and a string group.  Pupils also have the opportunity to book practice rooms and equipment in their own time with support available if needed.

All pupils have access to instrument lessons on a wide range of instruments.  These are provided by an external not-for-profit company called Music for Life.

The school has also been awarded the Music Mark.

 

ABLE & TALENTED

Whilst every pupil is encouraged to be involved fully in all aspects of their music education, pupils identified as Able & Talented are individually invited to attend appropriate extra-curricular groups.  They will also be given opportunities to participate in workshops, trips and performances outside the classroom.  We regularly perform at the Middlewich FAB Festival and the Cheshire Show, as well as a variety of other venues and events.  Recent workshops and trips have included vocal workshops; composition project; African music; double-reed instrument workshop and Gamelan Festival.