Department Overview

Music is taught by Miss Rafferty. The department is housed in two purpose-built classrooms in the Arts area. Both classrooms have keyboards, drum kits, access to acoustic and electric guitars, two class sets of Ukuleles and a broad range of percussion instruments from all musical cultures. The department also has three separate practice rooms, which offers pupils chance to rehearse solo work in bands and other small ensembles.

Music is taught in mixed ability groups.

 

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Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum has been structured to give all pupils the chance to develop musicianship skills, so that any pupil with a passion for the subject can achieve a Music qualification by the end of Year 11. They will enhance their composition, performance and listening skills.

 

 Year 7

Six units of week per group over six termly blocks.

See units below:

Autumn Spring Summer
Year 7 ‘Find Your Voice’ ‘Keyboard Course’ ‘Dejembe Jam’ ‘Learning the Blues’ ‘Lights Camera Action’ ‘Cover Songs’

Year 8

Three units of work per group over three termly blocks.

See units below:

Autumn Spring Summer
Year 8 ‘Ukulele 101′ ‘Ola Samba’ ‘Advanced Cover Songs’

 

Key Stage 4

The Music Department offers the BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Certificate in Music. This course is assessed through a written exam (25% of the final exam) and coursework presented under controlled conditions (75%).

Music is taught in missed ability groups. Pupils receive 5 hours of music over a fortnight.

 

Year 9 Muisc

Six units of work per group over six half termly blocks.

See units below:

Autumn Spring Summer
Year 9 ‘Live Lounge Unit’ ‘Songwriting Unit’ ‘The Music Industry Introduction’ ‘Creating a Music Product’ ‘Developing You As A Musician’ ‘Music Composition Introduction’

Year 10 Music

Six units of week per group over six termly blocks.

See units below:

Autumn Spring Summer
Year 10 Unit 4 Composition
Learning Aim A
‘Quick Compose Something ‘
Unit 4 Composition
Learning Aim B and C
‘Develop and Deliver’
Unit 1 The Music Industry Exam
Learning Aim A
Unit 5 Performance Preparation Unit 5 Performance
Learning Aim A
‘My Audition’
Unit 5 Performance
Learning Aim B
‘Getting Better’

Year 11

Six units of week per group over six termly blocks.

See units below:

Autumn Spring Summer
Year 11 Unit 5 Performance
Learning Aim B
Unit 1 The Music Industry ExamLearning Aim B Unit 2 Managing a Music Product
Learning Aim A and B
Unit 2 Managing A Music Product
Learning Aim C
Examination Period

 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

The Music Department offer a range of Music Activities for students to excel.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
A01 Arts award groups School of Rock Rehearsals Choir Bronze Arts Award
A02 Year 8 band Year 9 Band Year 10 Band Ukulele Group
Afterschool School of Rock Rehearsals School of Rock Rehearsals BTEC Catch up

Solihull Music Service- School bands or individual bands are invited to perform at the many concerts the Solihull Music Service provide for the Borough. Please speak with Miss Rafferty about this exciting opportunity.

Catch Up Club- Key Stage 4 Students are invited into the Music Department every break and lunch time as well as afterschool to catch up on their coursework.

Students are welcome to rehearse individually or for personal bands with teacher’s permission.

Trips- There are many trips on offer within the music department that students are invited to partake. Recent trips include Symphony Hall, The Cavern Club Liverpool, The Core Theater Solihull and annual theatre trips to London.

Arts Award- Students can take part in the Arts Award qualification through a music pathway. Speak to Miss Rafferty for more information.

 

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Skills For Success Career Opportunities

The subject of Music can offer you a range of skills needed for success in your time at Alderbrook. Here is a list of the likely skills that you develop in Music.

Collaboration, Responsibility, Respect, Patience, Perseverance, Confidence, Creativity, Empathy & Compassion

This qualification called lead to a career as a:

  • Musician
  • Composer
  • Musical Director
  • Agent
  • Artist’s Manager
  • Studio Manager
  • Promoter
  • Teacher
  • Music Therapist
  • Artist in Residence
  • Music Journalist
  • Broadcaster

 

Contact the Head of Department

For further information, please contact Miss O Rafferty