The Music Department at St Edward’s School consists of 4 classroom teachers and 10 peripatetic staff.
At key stage 3 we help students to develop the 3 major musical disciplines of performing, composing and listening/ appraising whilst studying a diverse selection of topics. Our curriculum is as follows:
Year 7: African Drumming and Gamelan, Building Textures and Music and Mood.
Year 8: Jazz and Big Bands, Music for Special Occasions and Reggae
Year 9: Baroque Music, Music from Film and Television, Minimalism
In years 10 and 11 we currently follow the Edexcel syllabus for GCSE music. During this course, pupils perform several times in both a solo and an ensemble capacity, and compose a number of pieces of music based on the four areas of study.
In the sixth form, students have the opportunity to study Edexcel music and/ or music technology at AS and A2 levels. On the AS and A2 music courses, pupils study focus works based around the following areas of study: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions and New Directions. They perform a short recital and compose music based around the focus areas and their own interests.
A-level Music Technology students learn both how to work with sequencing software and also how to record live music in a studio setting where they also get the opportunity to work alongside other staff and students to produce recordings.
Our department offers individual lessons in all major string, woodwind and brass instruments as well as in music theory, drums, voice, music technology, guitar, piano, organ and electronic keyboard. We have several ensembles which rehearse at lunchtimes and after school including jazz band, junior band, senior orchestra, junior choir, senior choir, string ensemble, gospel choir, production band, theory club, keyboard club and music technology club.
The department also organises many extra-curricular events, such as regular instrumental concerts, recital evenings for our GCSE and A-level students, a summer jazz evening and music tours to Europe (in the last few years, students have performed in Holland, Luxembourg, Germany, France and Italy). We also work with the drama department on a musical production which takes place in February. Our ensembles are regularly involved in events within our local community, as well as providing music for school services and assemblies.
- Ms Yeomans – HOD
- Mr Keith