In Year 9, students will improve their keyboard skills, focussing on using two handed rhythmical chord patterns. They will participate in a range of group performances, learning how to work effectively with other students. Students will have the opportunity to learn basic skills on a range of musical band instruments from the drums and bass to the guitar and vocals. There will be opportunities to listen to and develop understanding of a range of musical genres. Using the new music computer suite, students will compose music for media and experiment with a range of musical instruments and sounds.
In Years 10 and 11, students can choose to study either GCSE Music (OCR) or BTEC first certificate in music (Edexcel). The GCSE course is 60% coursework, including performances and compositions and 40% is examined in the form of a composition exercise and listening exam on a wide range of musical styles. The BTEC course offers a more vocational approach to music with units on careers in music; how to progress in the music business; using musical computer systems and group performances. The BTEC consists of 100% coursework and is examined throughout the two years within the units set.
In the Sixth Form, students can choose between A Level Music or A Level Music Technology (Edexcel). In both cases there is a listening paper (40%) and coursework elements. Music students are expected to compose complex pieces of music for performance within school; perform in recital and analyse in depth music set works. Music Technology students are expected to sequence popular music and synthesise appropriate sounds; multi-track record well known songs; arrange and develop music; compose original music using the computers and learn about the history of popular music and the technology behind it.