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Music

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. The department is made up of:

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Students in Years 7, 8 & 9 receive two 60 minute lessons per fortnight. Years 7 and 8 follow the music department page in their knowledge organisers and Year 9 are given homework to compliment their learning journey in the classroom. Students are taught in form 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 department offers two routes:

BTEC Level 1/2 Award in Music, students are offered a choice of a traditional music pathway (performance, aural skills and composition) or an Audio Production pathway (DJ skills, Sequencing and Recording). Both pathways involve a 1 hour external written exam and a compulsory event management unit.

BTEC Level 1/2 Technical Award in Performing Arts, students are offered a choice of Musical Theatre or Drama. Both pathways look at 3 components; Research into key Performing Arts practitioners and skills, developing performances (including at least 4 live performances) and devising an original piece based on a theme set by the exam board.

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:

  • Vocal Group — Wednesday, 2.50–4.30pm

The department also offers a WAW Productions program, this includes:

WAW Whole School Production (auditions are held in September and the performances take place in January/February each year)

WAW Productions - lighting, sound and event management (applications open in October each year)

WAW Dance Foundation (auditions are held each September for Years 7 - 10)

WAW Event Production (applications are open per event held in school throughout the year)

 

Revision

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.

Enrichment

There are many opportunities for enrichment in this department. 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.

Useful Links

WMS BTEC Student Handbook 2018-19

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

Musical Kirklees – opportunities to be involved in music-making outside school and to have instrumental lessons within school

Musica Kirklees https://www.musicakirklees.org