Key Stage 3
All students in Key Stage 3 have the opportunity to attend one music lesson per week. Our music teacher, Mrs Black has worked alongside Plymouth Youth Music to deliver the National Curriculum in ways that challenges motivate and raises expectations for all students. By working closely with these services, we have been able to develop student's instrumental and vocal skills. We aim to foster and enhance student's enjoyment of all aspects of music.
Our Key Stage 3 students perform at Lord Mayors Carol service every year. We are currently working with a music therapist and offering Key Stage 3 and two Key Stage 4 students' individual guitar and drumming tuition. During these sessions students have been encouraged to write poetry which they have then used to in their composition.
Our Year 7 students have been invited this year by The Philharmonic Orchestra to take part in two year project called 'iOrchestra'. This project has been funded by the Arts Council and will use digital technology and live performance to empower students to take their own journey in discovering and participating in classical music.
Key Stage 4
KS4 Music option aims to equip students with skills required to perform a variety of pieces as part of an ensemble. Students will be given the opportunity to perform a range of simple pieces and for their assessment they will be required to sing and play the minimum of two pieces. Students are also required to carry out a review of their work during the rehearsal period and consider what they are doing well and what could be improved.
QUALIFICATIONS: WJEC Entry Pathways
Music Home Learning
The Bandlab Music Making Software is available for free. All you need is an internet connection and a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.
There’s no subscription and no download or installation to take up your valuable hard drive space. You simply type into your Chrome browser and you’ll arrive at this incredible website.
The award-winning, cloud-based music making software, “BandLab” is an incredibly simple yet powerful system which comes with 1000s of sampled loops in a vast range of contemporary styles like Hip Hop, Trap, Grime and RnB.
With 100s of virtual instruments and FX, you basically have everything you need to get started creating your very own music. And you don’t need any special equipment or previous experience of music, or technology to get started.
So to get the BandLab course for free go to https://learning.inclusivemusic.com
Website: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPERM192QUMGBMthur02ktQ This is Mr Dubiel’s Youtube channel, where you and your child can follow some simple and home adaptable musical exercises. Each session will be uploaded once a week.
Website: https://www.twinkl.co.uk This website will provide you with unlimited musical resources, just type music in the website search window and choose what is right for your child.
Other learning activities you could do with your child
Song of a day challenge – ask your child to learn and sing one song every day. Try to join in and maybe sing the chorus along with them.
Listen to music – spend at least half an hour a day listening to your favourite tunes. Listen to your favourite songs altogether. Have a chat about how different songs are affecting your mood or maybe they bring back some memories.