Music

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Staffing

Mr D R Roberts MMus PGCE - Head of Music

Mrs B Gilbertson - Teacher of String, Voice and Piano

Miss C Jackson - Teacher of Voice

Mr A Roze - Teacher of Guitar

Mr I Butterworth - Teacher of Brass

Mr R Rigby - Teacher of Percussion

Mr G Linsey - Teacher of Single Reed Woodwind

 

Department Overview

Music at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School fosters a tradition of exceptional musical ability. Pupils of all backgrounds, having studied music prior to their education here or not, are encouraged and nurtured to develop their personal relationship with a wide variety of music. As part of the National Curriculum, pupils receive classroom Music lessons in years 7, 8 and 9. In these sessions, pupils utilise their creativity and imagination to unpick the vast theory and structures of music from many cultures and societies. After their options year, pupils can opt to take their musical talents onto GCSE and A Level standard. As you will see below, there are a variety of differing schemes of work with which Music is taught, covering a large range of styles, to give pupils a holistic experience of Music from all around the world. Pupils are encouraged to get involved with music-making in any form possible, having the opportunity to be involved with a large range of extra-curricular activities. The Carlisle Music festival has been a place where pupils in varying ensembles - Orchestra, Chamber Choir, School Choir, String Quartet - have had the opportunity to concentrate their musical ability in competing against other school's within the Cumbria district.

Extra-curricular music

We aim to encourage a wide variety of music-making opportunities and to develop the musical potential of each pupil by making music an enjoyable and rewarding experience inside and outside the classroom.

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Pupils of exceptional talent also run their own ensembles which other pupils can get involved with. These feature groups like Wind Ensemble and String Group.

Schemes of Work

KS3

All pupils study music for three years in their Tutor Group. During this time, they perform and listen to a wide variety of music. Throughout each year, pupils study:

Yr 7:

Night and Day - Pupils learn what intrinsically makes a sound musical, focusing on using graphic score notation to realise their group compositions. The musical keyboard is introduced here.

Stomp - Pupils begin the process of learning how to write rhythmical patters and ideas down in conventional musical notation, developing their performance skills.

Form and Structure - Having the knowledge to now write out musical ideas, pupils begin analysing how music is ordered to compose coherent and satisfying musical pieces.

Folk Music - Using their singing voices, pupils are encouraged to rehearse and refine performances of traditional Folk Music. This is primarily used as a way to introduce the idea of melody and contour.

Instruments of the Orchestra - This unit helps pupils develop their aural and critical thinking abilities by recognising the different timbres of each group of families within the orchestra.

Gamelan - Pupils combine their ability to write rhythms down with conventional pitch notation, focusing on the musical staff, whilst learning about the traditions of Indonesian music.

Yr 8:

Ladders - This is an introduction to the many different musical scales which are used in music and what effect each of them have. Pupils will study pentatonic, chromatic and diatonic scales.

Voiceworks - Developing their singing voices, pupils are encouraged to re-create their favourite pop-songs in group arrangements.

African Music - Pupils learn about the Africa way of combining different rhythms to create polyrhythms, focusing on aspects of texture, timbre and dynamics.

Yr 9:

Soundtracks - This unit teaches pupils to play familiar music, like the James Bond theme, whilst working on their own understanding of the word Leitmotif. Pupils design and arrange their own performance to fit a trailer.

Rock and Roll - Pupils learn about chords and bass lines, recreating some of the iconic pieces of this period.

Minimalism - In preparation for GCSE music, this unit brings together melody, pitch, form and structure to reinforce pupil understanding. Pupils look at how different motifs can be repeated/layered to give an over-arching structure.

KS4

Pupils follow the two year course for EdExcel GCSE Music (1-9), where they develop themselves as analysts, performers and composers.

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KS5

Pupils follow the two year course for EdExcel A Level Music, where they continue to refine themselves as all-round musicians.

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Homework

If formal homework has not been set and is not recorded in a planner, pupils do have general tasks which they are expected to do as part of their learning. These can be done at home or at school in their free time.

KS3:

  • Pupils are to listen to music outside of their normal preferences. For instance, if pupils listen to a lot of popular music, they may choose to listen to music from 1750 and vice versa.
  • Pupils are to reinforce their music score reading abilities by studying where the notes on the staff are placed and where these are located on the keyboard.

KS4:

  • Pupils are to revise their key knowledge and terminology related to the Set Works. They can do this by looking at the musical score related to that piece and from their personal notes from lessons.
  • Pupils are to check the 'wider listening' activities in their textbooks and pick a new, related piece to listen to.
  • Pupils are to reinforce their score reading music abilities by studying where notes on the staff are, with particular reference to treble, alto and bass clefs.
  • Pupils should be performing/practising as much as possible.
  • Pupils should always be working on composition work for their submission to the exam board.

KS5:

  • Pupils are to revise their key knowledge and terminology related to the Set Works. They can do this by looking at the musical score related to that piece and from their personal notes from lessons. Students should be able to apply their own understanding of music to identify features within the Set Works.
  • Pupils are to check the 'wider listening' activities in their textbooks and pick a new, related piece to listen to. Pupils should make every effort to follow the score, where appropriate, and perform an analysis of the work.
  • Pupils should be performing/practising as much as possible.
  • Pupils should be getting involved with/searching for as many music making activities as possible; performing/singing/conducting.
  • Pupils should always be working on composition work for their submission to the exam board.

 

Instrumental Tuition

As you can see from our staff list, we have a team of professional and dedicated peripatetic instrumental teachers which cover a broad range of instruments.

If your child is interested in musical tuition, please collect a sign up sheet form from the office and fill it in. A teacher will then contact you if they have available space. Lots of families foster music well and, therefore, some of our teachers may have a waiting list.

With all of our instrumental tutors, we always endeavour to provide a musical service for your child should you need one and we will make every effort to accommodate them. On occasions, however, it is not cost-efficient for a particular instrumental teacher to make large travelling distances for one/two pupils. The Head of Music is always happy to discuss options with you, if a teacher in school is not possible.

Contact information:

Mr D Roberts
Head of Music
Queen Elizabeh Grammar School
Ullswater Road,
Penrith.
CA11 7EG
01768 864621
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