Music is a busy and productive department. We works towards a large scale concert each term and there are many other events we contribute to, both in and out of school including a musical theatre production in collaboration with the Drama, D&T and Art departments.
As part of the wider community we work closely with the Pitt Rivers museum and have played with East Oxford Community Orchestra and Oxford Folk Festival in recent years for example.
We host many visiting teachers in a wide range of instruments and many of our students are fully engaged with Oxfordshire County Council’s music provision. Our musicians perform regularly in school events such as conferences and assemblies and we attend musical and theatrical performances both locally and in Oxford.
Extracurricular activities include a large orchestra, choir, ukulele orchestra and Sing and Strum. Various groups meet during lunchtimes and after school.
Key Stage Three
Key Stage Three work is predominantly focussed on music making in a variety of styles with students performing individually, in pairs and in groups on keyboards, djembes, ukuleles and a variety of tuned and non tuned percussion instruments.
Topics include marches and waltzes, musicals, African music, soundtracks, Blues and Rock and Roll. Music theory is taught alongside and to support practical work to help the students understand what they are playing or singing.
Key Stage Four
At Key Stage Four we follow the Edexcel GCSE Syllabus. The three strands are performing, composing and listening and appraising.
Students must perform both a solo piece and in an ensemble. Their compositions are constructed from initial ideas through to two finished compositions. They analyse music in a variety of styles and discover the social and historical context in which music has been composed over the last 400 years or so. The four areas of study are Classical music, The Twentieth Century, Blues, Pop and Rock and World Music.
We also offer an enrichment course that students can use to further their musical abilities and knowledge after Year 8 as well as preparing them for GCSE if they wish to take it later.
Key Stage Five
At A level we offer AQA AS and A level Music.
Following on from GCSE the three strands also comprise of performing, composing and influences on music. The latter involves studying some set works in great detail as well as acquiring a more in depth knowledge of the language and context of music.