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Music

Aims

We believe that it is essential for students to be exposed to a wide range of musical genres from across the history of music as well as current styles. Our aim is to give every student the opportunity to access the diverse world of music and the skills to analyse and appreciate music. This is delivered in fun and engaging lessons where performance and composition are at the heart of every lesson. So much can be learned through the making of music that practical is the leading feature of our lessons. Students are provided the opportunity to learn and experience a wealth of instruments including Piano, Ukulele, Guitar, African Drumming, Samba drumming, and orchestral instruments. We also use a range of industry-standard composition/recording software including Cubase, Sibelius, Reason, StudioOne and Virtual DJ so that students can create music using the same technology and methods as most modern-day artists.

Facilities

Instruments: We have some string, brass and woodwind instruments that can be lent to students receiving peripatetic lessons on those instruments. For whole class learning we have 30 ukuleles, 15 guitars, a Samba kit for up to 50 students and 17 keyboards in each classroom. Students also have access to the Pianos in the four practise rooms and classrooms as well as the Drum Kit.

Technology: Our two music classrooms are each equipped with 17 computers and music keyboards. All of our keyboards are linked to the computers so that they can be used as instruments and as interfaces for composing on our collection of music software’s. Our Recording Studio also boasts the same software and set-up but also includes a range of microphones, a 24-channel mixing desk and equalization unit.

Instrumental Lessons

We are joined weekly by 11 peripatetic teachers giving specialist tuition in a range of instruments. We can provide 15, 30 or 60 minute lessons for the fees outlined by Essex Music Services.
Lessons offered include:

  • Violin
  • Double-Bass
  • Flute
  • Clarinet / Saxophone
  • Trumpet / Trombone
  • Electric Guitar / Bass Guitar / Acoustic Guitar / Ukulele
  • Drums
  • Piano / Keyboard
  • Classical Vocals / Modern Vocals

Extra-Curricular

We offer a wide-range of extra-curricular clubs where students can further their performance experiences beyond the classroom and peripatetic lessons.
Please see below a summary of each ensembles and our timetable of when these clubs meet:

View Extra-Curricular Music Club Timetable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Courses we run

GCSE Music

Exam Board: Edexcel
Pre-Course Recommended Requirements: Grade 4 standard on an instrument/voice and be able to read notation (Please note there is flexibility with these recommended requirements. For further information or an assessment of course suitability, please contact one of the Music Teachers).The GCSE Music course content is based around the three key principles of a well-rounded musician (performance, composition, listening and appraisal).
60% of the course is coursework and 40% a written exam sat in the Summer Term of the year of the award.

Performance (30%): Students submit one solo recording and one ensemble recording. Together these performances must be four-minutes’ worth of material with a minimum length of one minute each. The expected grade of difficulty is Grade 4 (ABRSM).


Composition (30%): Students submit two compositions with a combined minimum run-time of three minutes and minimum of one minute each. One composition is to an Edexcel specified brief released at the start of the year of final examination. The other composition is of free-choice and may be developed from the student’s personal interest or genres covered in class. With all compositions, students may prepare their work using our industry-standard software and with the support of our resident Composition Tutor Mr McGibney.


Listening and Appraising (40%): Students complete a 1 hour 30-minute written examination in the Summer of their final year. Within the exam students are required to answer questions on any extracts from the eight set-works taught to them, complete an unfamiliar listening task, a rhythmic and melodic dictation exercise and write a comparison essay between one of their set-works and an unfamiliar piece of the same genre/style.

Additional Support:
• GCSE Music students receive a Free 15-minute allocation of peripatetic teaching to use either in instrumental lessons or composition tutorials.
• Students have the opportunity to attend Lectures linked specifically to their set-works performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

 A Level Music

Exam Board: Edexcel

Duration: 2 Years
Pre-Course Recommended Requirements: Grade 7 standard on an instrument/voice and be able to read notation (Please note there is flexibility with these recommended requirements. For further information or an assessment of course suitability, please contact one of the Music Teachers)
The A-Level Music course is a continuation of the GCSE Music structure. The three key principles of performance, composition, and listening and appraisal are revisited but with some key differences in the requirements for each element.
60% of the course is coursework and 40% a written exam sat in the Summer Term of the year of the award.

Performance (30%): Students perform a recital of Grade 7 (minimum) repertoire to the public. The recital must contain 8-minutes of performance and should be supplemented by repertoire introductions. It can be made up of solo and/or ensemble performances and is not required to have a set theme so therefore the students have free-choice in the repertoire they prepare and use to showcase their ability.

Composition (30%): Students submit two compositions with a combined minimum run-time of six minutes. One composition is to an Edexcel specified brief released at the start of the year of final examination and should last a minimum of two minutes. The composition to a brief is a third of the mark for this component. The other composition is of free-choice and may be developed from the student’s personal interest or genres covered in class. The free-choice composition must be four minutes in duration and carries a majority of the grading for this component. With all compositions, students may prepare their work using our industry-standard software and with the support of our resident Composition Tutor Mr McGibney.

Listening and Appraising (40%): Students complete a 2-hour written examination in the Summer of their final year. Within the exam students are required to answer questions on any extracts from the eighteen set-works taught to them, a rhythmic and melodic dictation exercise and two comparison essay: a) between one of their set-works and an unfamiliar piece of the same genre/style and b) a detailed analysis of a set-work from a choice of three.

Additional Support:
• A-Level Music students receive a Free 30-minute allocation of peripatetic teaching to use either in instrumental lessons or composition tutorials.
• Students have the opportunity to attend Lectures linked specifically to their set-works performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. 

 

Performances

December:    Christmas Carol Service at Chelmsford Cathedral

February:      GCSE Performance Recital

April:              A Level Recital

July:              Summer Concert 

 

 

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