The Music department is made up of 3 dedicated and enthusiastic teachers. The Head of Department leads the department with invaluable support from the other teaching staff and visiting peripatetic teachers. All teachers in the department follow up-to-date and detailed schemes of work which include practical and theoretical work. The department continues to go from strength to strength with 100% of Performing Arts students and 99% of Music/Audio Production students achieving a BTEC qualification. In addition, 100% of GCSE Music students achieved grade A*-C. The department is made up of:
Key Stage 3
Students in Years 7, 8 & 9 receive two 60 minute lessons per fortnight. All year groups receive homework each week, as is the policy at Whitcliffe. Students are taught in set groups and progress is tracked and monitored by the department to provide additional support and intervention. Students complete a baseline assessment on entry in Year 7 which is both practical and knowledge-based.
Click here to see our KS3 Curriculum Plan
Key Stage 4
Students in Years 10 & 11 receive five 60 minute lessons a fortnight. The two year BTEC course in Performing Arts or Music/Audio Production involves practical assessments in the form of workshops or projects. Students are encouraged to plan, perform and evaluate their work in “real-life” situations that they may encounter in the Arts world of work.
Click here to see our KS4 Curriculum Plan
After School Clubs
The Music and Performing Arts department runs several popular after school clubs:
- Ukelele club — Monday, 2.50–4.00pm
- Choir — Wednesday, 2.50–4.30pm
- Working towards Grade 5 theory — Thursday, 2.50– 4.00pm
- Boys singing - Friday 2.50 – 3.30pm
Revision in this subject is often practical. Students are expected to undertake personal preparation and rehearsal, and to log their time spent, reviewing performance and developing skills. The development of letter-writing skills and discursive essay writing are also important elements of revision and exam preparation.
There are many opportunities for enrichment in this department. We recently undertook a week-long performance tour to Salzburg in Austria, which was very well received. There are opportunities to participate in concerts, attend professional performances in the local area and further afield, and experience workshops with current West End performers. In addition to this, the annual production provides a fantastic opportunity to develop performing skills, make new friends and achieve high standards.
BBC bitesize website – lots of interesting facts to enhance knowledge
BBC Bitesize KS3 http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zmsvr82
BBC Bitesize KS4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zpf3cdm
Kirklees Music School – opportunities to be involved in music-making outside school and to have instrumental lessons within school
Kirklees Music School http://www.kirkleesmusicschool.org.uk/