It is well established that the study of music can help to develop the skills, attitudes and attributes which support the learning in other national curriculum subjects. These include listening skills, communication skills, the ability to concentrate, creativity, intuition, aesthetic sensitivity, perseverance, resilience, the ability to work in a group, self-confidence and sensitivity towards others. Studies show that musical patterns help us to focus and that they can aid memory / recall.
Music is taught to all students in KS3 and focuses on developing knowledge and understanding through a combination of performance, composition and listening tasks. As students’ progress, they develop their skills, confidence and expression through singing and playing melodic instruments, tuned and untuned percussion; exploring a variety of musical styles; and active and passive listening. Lessons are tailored to enable students of all abilities and interests to fully engage and enjoy, with many students choosing to continue their lessons through extra-curricular activities.
At KS4 a GCSE course in music is offered to those students who wish to continue with their studies, developing a broader range of knowledge and improving their performance, composition and listening skills. Some students also choose to develop their love of performance through instrumental tuition and graded music examinations.