In the evolving world of music, it is as important as ever to expose young people to music that is relevant and fun.
Our aim in music is to give students the opportunity to learn to play musical instruments, sing and give them exposure and knowledge of all kinds of music.
During music lessons in Years 7-9, students learn to play the keyboard using both hands correctly, learn how to use industry standard producing software, take part in class singing, DJ skills, learn about music from all genres; from classical to popular to music from around the world.
Photo: Tuscany 2015
The courses we run
Here at Great Baddow High School we offer both GCSE and A Level music, both of which are examined by Edexcel
GCSE Music This comprises of three sections; performance, composing and listening.
Performance: Students submit one solo and one ensemble (group) performance which is recorded and internally assessed (externally moderated). Students are given 15 minutes free tuition with an instrumental teacher to help them achieve a good mark.
Composing: Students submit two pieces of music written by them, which has been completed throughout the course. Again this is internally assessed and externally moderated.
Listening: This is the final exam paper which last for 1 and half hours based on 12 set works ranging from classical to modern.
AS Music Unit 1: Performing Music Unit 2: Composing Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding (Based on 10 set works and theoretical knowledge)
A2 Music Unit 4: Extended Performance Unit 5: Composition and Technical Study Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding (based on 12 set works and theoretical knowledge)
The music department comprises of two large classrooms equipped with electronic keyboards and percussion. There is a network of fourteen computers with software such as Sibelius 6 and Reason 8 installed. In addition, there are five air-conditioned, fully equipped practice rooms. We have a Yamaha Grand Piano in the Primmer Assembly Hall as well as two acousitc and three electric pianos under four years old. In 2012 a state of the art recording studio with soundproof booth was installed.
We have nine visiting instrumental teachers and lessons are available to students from all years in electric guitar, flute, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, French horn, tuba, piano, keyboard, voice, beat-boxing, music theory, drums and percussion. Students can take external music Grades, should they wish, and are encouraged to be part of our bands and choir. GCSE and A level students are given free lessons with these teachers to help them with the practical part of their examination.
We run a wide range of clubs designed to give students group performance opportunities and to help them further their musical expertise:
• 8.00am - 9.00am: Concert Band
• 8.30am - 9.00am: Chamber String Group
• 3:15am – 4:15pm: Chamber Choir
• 8.00am - 9.00am: Rock Choir
• 8:00am – 9:00am: Jazz Band
• 2:15pm – 3:15pm: A Level Enrichment
• 8.30am - 9.00am: Baddow Flute Ensemble
• 8.00am - 9.00am: Concert Band
October: Junior Music Concert
November: Talent Show
December: Carol Service at Chelmsford Cathedral
April: Music Department Spring Showcase
July: School Production
July: Music Department Tour (In 2011 we went to Austria, 2013 to Lake Garda, 2014 Paris and Tuscany 2015)
Annual Carol Service