About the Department
The music and performing arts department is responsible for the delivery of all three art forms Music, Drama and Dance. The department has a full and exciting extra curricular timetable. They also regularly produce shows which involve students from every year group.
In the past the department have put on various shows and performances throughout the year, giving the students the chance to showcase their talents, these include a Christmas concert, summer soiree and musical performances such as Hairspray and Grease. We hope to continue to host similar events in the near future.
Department accommodation consists of:
- 2 practice rooms
- 1 large classroom
- A drama/dance studio with full length mirror
- Keyboard room
- Instrumental store
- Recording studio
We have recently gained a small studio room within the department, where students can begin to discover more about music technology. The studio is equipped with the logic pro, a music software program used within the industry, as well as the various tools needed to create computer based music and to record accoustic instruments.
Curriculum aims of the department:
The aim is to create a curriculum which will stimulate student curiosity, interest and enjoyment in the Performing Arts.
For the students to appreciate the performing arts as being part of a wider body of knowledge and skills
To employ teaching methods and resources that allows all students to equal access to performing arts.
To help students develop personal qualities such as independence, initiative, perseverance and safety awareness.
Students are primarily introduced to the elements of music in the first term in order to learn the basics. They study projects on staff notation, rhythm and pulse, the orchestra, ladders (scales), form and structure, Chinese music and a keyboard project. Students are able to develop their Drama skills in two specific units where they study script devising, improvisation and acting skills. They finish the year with a combined arts project.
Students continue to build on their skills in music and Drama. Musical projects include recycled rhythms, Samba, Steel band, Jazz and Blues, Rap music, Film music, Media and again, keyboard skills. In Drama they study bullying and the genre of soap opera. They again finish the year with a combined arts project.
Presently year nine students can opt to take AQA GCSE Drama and AQA GCSE Music. Within GCSE drama pupils study acting skills, script devising, performance of plays and the technical aspects of theatre.
Year 10 & 11
AQA GCSE performing arts is studied where pupils can choose to use music, dance or drama as their performance skill. They are also able to develop their skills in costume design, make up, set design, as well as sound & lighting if they wish.
The course has two units, the first is a portfolio which tracks their skill development over a series of four projects.
The second unit is an example performance which is assessed by an examiner and is created from a starting point set by the board.
AQA GCSE music has strands of listening, composing and performance. Pupils must have an instrumental or vocal skill.
Ms C Milan: Head of Department
Overall responsibility for Music and Performing Arts taught in the college
Communication with SLT
Implementation of the National curriculum
Teaching KS3 and 4
Assessment/recording and reporting
Analysis of data
To oversee extra curricular provision
To oversee peripatetic staff and students
Mrs J Smith : Music Teacher
- Responsible for teaching KS3 music
- Responsible for KS4 GCSE music teaching and preparation
- Responsible for the vocal group.
Mr J Bruus: Music Technician
- Responsible for sound and visuals for concerts, shows & mass
- Responsible for peripatetic music system
- Responsible for music technology
Our instrumental lessons have very recently been taken over by a company called ODM, who offer tuition in a range of different instruments. Over the past ten years, ODM have been providing exceptional quality musical tuition, both privately, and in schools across Staffordshire. They are commited to help students discover and explore different genres, styles and techniques whilst learning the valuable skills that are required in any sort of performance discipline.
ODM offer tuition in the following:
Drums, Guitar, Keyboard / Piano, Clarinet, Violin and Singing lessons.
Lessons take place during the school day when ODM staff come into school, with specific time slots that are arranged for the students.
If you're interested or just for more information regarding prices, student's can collect an ODM sign up leaflet from the music department, once this is filled in, return it to school and ODM will be in touch.