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)
- 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
- 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