Music

Head of Department:  Ms C Daniel

Aims

The Music department aims to stimulate a love of and an interest in Music. All work is related and interlinked to the areas of Listening and Appraising, Composing and Performing.

Syllabus

A wide curriculum is followed: Classical, Pop, World Music, Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, Aural, Theory, Analysis, Music Technology, Film Music, Song Writing, Ukuleles, Musicals, Rap.

Differentiation

Learning is both experiential and differentiated by task and outcome in order to ensure that individual pupils reach their potential and are stretched beyond.

Resources

Electronic keyboards, percussion and orchestral instruments are used in lessons and GarageBand, Logic and Sibelius programmes are available for pupils to explore Music Technology from year 8. Teaching takes place in the purpose-built, well-equipped Music wing.

Performance

Music

The curriculum is enhanced by individual lessons in voice and a wide range of instruments, given by a team of 20 teachers, details of which can be obtained from the Director of Music.  Girls are continually encouraged to participate in the ensembles which rehearse each week - Wind, String, Jazz or Rock group, Orchestras, Choirs or smaller ensembles.  

Girls are able to join the Choirs which perform in school, at local and London venues during the year and tour all over the world; recent tours have been to Spain and France. The Music and Drama departments work closely together on annual productions, which have included Edward Scissorhands, Disney Showcase, Hairspray and We Will Rock You.