Cheney School

Cheney School


Departmental Staff:

Miss L Jackson - Head of Department
Mr J Barquilla - Teacher of Music

Instrumental lessons staff:

Ms H Maeer - piano
Mr M Scobey - guitar
Ms S Ahmed - jazz piano
Miss B Webb - percussion
Ms T. Judycka - cello
Mr I Fawcett - flute
Mr P Auger - violin
Mr N Ralf - drums
Ms S Cooke - French horn
Mr S Attwood - viola
Ms J Morter - brass
Mr H Flint - woodwind
Ms M Merinova - singing
Ms S Brown - oboe

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 3 

At Cheney School the aim is to make the study of Music and Music Technology enjoyable and purposeful for all pupils. Throughout years 7 and 8, students are given one music lesson a week by a specialist music teacher. Over the course of Key Stage 3, pupils will cover a range of subjects, genres and time periods, ranging from 1400’s to Top 40, Medieval to Modernism, Harmony to Hip Hop! Students in Key Stage 3 will develop their skills in a range of areas relating to music and music technology, including performance, composition, listening and analysing. They will enter year 9 with a heightened understanding of the fundamental elements of music, an appreciation for musical forms they had perhaps not otherwise been exposed to and an ability to play a musical instrument to at least a rudimentary level.

Key Stage 4

Music - we run the EDUQAS GCSE Music course. This is an exciting qualification for all s
tudents entering Key Stage 4 covering performance, composition and listening skills. The GCSE comprises of a solo and ensemble performance, two contrasting compositions and a listening exam paper. Students
are prepared for all elements of the course through their curriculum lessons and are also encouraged to have instrumental lessons outside of the classroom to assist in their performance development.
Music Technology - New this year - we now run the NCFE Level 2 Technical Award in Music Technology. This course allows students to explore music technology in depth; learning about microphone types and placement, studio recording, different recording techniques and creation of their own music. Through coursework and exams, students become competent techie’s with the ability to produce and record their own music.

Key Stage 5

We offer students the EDUQAS A Level in Music. This comprises of a performance recital, a substantial composition and a listening exam paper for each year of the course. We are also looking into providing students with the opportunity to study Music Technology at A-level alongside this. These courses provide students with the knowledge required to study at University and develop their practical skills for a career in the industry. Music and Music Technology serve to compliment many other qualifications through nurturing creativity, independence, teamwork, as well as IT, analytical and critical skills. For these reasons it is a highly sought after qualification for the workplace and courses in Higher Education.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.

Full details are available in our Subject Guide here