Music

Welcome to the Music Department. The department has an all-inclusive ethos. Regular performances include an annual Carol Concert and Summer Concerts along with regular Bands’ Nights.

Music is a well-accommodated department housed in:

  • 3 classrooms
  • A dedicated keyboard room
  • A music ICT room
  • A state-of-the-art recording studio
  • 3 large practice rooms
  • A music office

Meet the Staff

  • Mr R. Jones (Subject Leader)
  • Mr G. Warner (2nd in Dept and Lead Practitioner)
  • Mr A. Wheatcroft
  • Mr M. Newns
  • Mr I. McMillan (Technician)

Peripatetic Provision

  • Over 200 students in all year groups currently receive free specialist instrumental tuition.
  • The department employs eleven peripatetic tutors.
  • Lessons are offered on the following: All strings, woodwind, brass, drum kit, guitar, bass guitar, piano and voice.

Key stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students study six half-term modules across the year. Music lessons are largely practical and students are encouraged to participate in a variety of “hands-on” activities. Furthermore students are welcome to practice their skills through participation in a wide range of both formal and informal extra-curricular activities, which are open to all.

To view our Key Stage 3 Composition introduction please click here

To view Year 7 module 1 please click here

To view Year 8 module 2 please click here

To view Year 8 module 3 please click here

To view Year 9 module 4 please click here

To view Year 9 module 5 please click here

To view Year 9 module 6 please click here

To view Year 9 module 9 please click here

Key stage 4 GCSE and BTEC Level 2 (Music Technology)

Both courses run at KS4. Students follow the OCR GCSE syllabus and the Edexcel BTEC course, a vocational option.

A/S and A2 Level

Students study six units across a two-year course. Units 1, 2 and 3, taught in year 12, comprise the A/S Level, after which students may opt to follow other courses. Students who continue to the A2 course complete units 4, 5 and 6 during year 13. Students follow the AQA syllabus.

BTEC Level 3 (Music Technology)

A two-year vocational A-Level equivalent course designed to appeal to students with an interest in the technical aspects of the subject. Students are encouraged to utilise their performing skills but this is not a compulsory part of the course.

Units of study include:

  • Planning a music recording: planning recording sessions, booking studio time, producing and engineering recordings.
  • Sound recording techniques: the recording studio, types of microphone, microphone positioning, effects, mixing desk, D.I.
  • Introduction to acoustics: the nature of sound and how it behaves in a range of environments, the physics of sound and hearing.
  • Operating live sound: P.A. systems, mixing desks, microphones, monitoring and fold-back, D.I. boxes, multi-core cables.

Further Curricular Activities

  • Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Course-work consultation
  • Course-work recording
  • Studio proficiency
  • Jazz band
  • Keyboard club
  • Brass group
  • Informal practice and composition sessions

Our Recent Successes

To be updated.

Some of our former students

  • Richard Nicholson: Sound Engineer, AdLib Audio
  • Ian Driver: Music Teacher, New Heys
  • Ruth Gray: Music Therapist
  • Roy Martin: Professional session drummer and teacher, recording and touring with Aretha Franklin, David Gray, Barclay James Harvest and Robert Palmer amongst others.
  • Jennifer Shone: Peripatetic Music Teacher
  • Roger Kirby: Sound Engineer, AdLib Audio
  • Kelsey Dickman: Music Technician
  • Alan Sillifant: Peripatetic Drum Teacher
  • Helen Boag-Munroe: Music Specialist, Woolton Junior School
  • Kathryn Williams: Singer-songwriter, has recorded six acclaimed albums and was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize.
  • Chris Pye: Drummer and Teacher
  • Kirk Ward: Session guitarist (Atomic Kitten etc.)
  • Nouska Hanly: Professional Dancer in West End musical theatre
  • Andy Dockerty: Top Sound Engineer and founder of AdLib Audio, knob-twiddler of choice for The Scissor Sisters, Texas, Del Amitri and The Kaiser Chiefs amongst many others.
  • Michael Kenney: Commercial composer