The Music Department at Thomas More School is continually growing and improving in regards to examination results and student enrichment opportunities. The Department consists of a small team who are committed to working together.
The Department creates regular opportunities for students to perform including the Carol Concert, Spring Concert, Music Evenings, Mass and Liturgies. These, as well as a variety of other music clubs including two choirs, enables a range of students to demonstrate their talent. Students also have an opportunity to perform in front of an audience in our informal and formal concerts
The Music Department has a large classroom and rehearsal area, and three practice rooms. The main teaching room is equipped with computers and keyboards. All students in Year 7 and Year 8 study three hours of Music and KS4 students have 5 hours of Music per fortnight.
In KS4, students who choose to continue with a course in Music take a GCSE (Eduqas). At KS5 students study A Level Music (Eduqas).
What we cover in each year group:
In years 7 and 8, students are provided with a series of topic based Music Booklets. The topics cover the three areas of performance, composition and listening. Students will learn to:
- Perform using different styles of music, working by ear and using notation.
- Compose extended compositions with direction and shape using a given structure.
- Evaluate and make critical judgements about the way others use musical conventions.
- Compose using Musescore, Audacity, and Logic Pro (compositional and editing software)
- Recognise and compare differences between musical styles, commenting on the relationship between the music and its cultural context, and justifying the judgements.
Years 9, 10 & 11 - GCSE Music (Eduqas): The GCSE course comprises of three main elements: performance, composition and a listening exam. Students will be expected to work on their performance skills both within and outside lesson time. Students will express their musical ideas in two compositions. Students will study set works ranging from the baroque and romantic eras to modern day genres including pop, folk and music for stage and screen
Students are assessed in a variety of methods:
- Performing – 30% of final grade (internally assessed),
- Composing Music – 30% of final grade (internally assessed)
- Listening and Appraising – 40% of final grade (externally assessed).
Enrichment Programmes: Students are strongly encouraged to having instrumental lessons for their chosen instrument or voice. This will help to strengthen and develop skills and techniques needed for the performance element of the course. We also encourage students to take part in musical performances and become members of our choir and orchestra. In both Y10 and Y11 GCSE Music students will perform at a Music Evening to showcase their talents.
Mr C Fowler (Head of Music)