Music

Head of Department:  Mr T. Graham

Creating music as both a composer & performer is at the heart of all learning intentions. We encourage our learners to engage with this philosophy by participating in the wider context of the music curriculum, through involvement in our ‘Music Extra Curricular Program’ of which we pride ourselves in both the diversity and inclusive approaches for all children. There are a multitude of extra-curricular music clubs at St Aloysius which give our students the opportunity to develop their talents and creativity both individually and in groups. Students can also display their talents in our annual Summer Music Concert, as well as at other events throughout the year.

Throughout all year groups the curriculum is designed to encourage creativity, develop talent and inspire individuals. Students have the opportunity to develop skills in performing, composing, analysing and understanding a diverse variety of musical styles, genres and traditions.

Key Stage 3

All students in years 7 and 8 participate in weekly music lessons. Through a variety of topics and genres students will develop their musical vocabulary, gain performance, listening and evaluation skills, and learn to create, compose, produce and communicate music both on their own and with others. 

In year 7 students will cover; rhythm, notation, melody and structure, ukulele skills, pop songs, instruments and elements, and music of Africa.

Year 8 students will focus on; major and minor cord formulae, blues music, reggae and fusion, film music, and popular song.

Key Stage 4

Students have the opportunity to select music as one of their GCSE courses and study the subject throughout years 9. 10 and 11. Our GCSE Music course builds upon the skills developed throughout lessons in KS3.

Assessments and tasks during KS4 further encourage creativity and can be tailored towards student's own musical interests and strengths. The course encourages students to compose and perform musics of their own choosing and in any style, as a soloist and also in a group. To take this course students must be able to offer at least one instrument or vocal talent. Students will be assessed in three categories; performing, composing, and appraising music.

During year 9 students will cover; rhythm and notation, chords and scales, vocal music (Killer Queen by Queen), instrumental music 1700-1820 (Brandenburg Concerto by JS Bach), music for stage and screen (Star Wars theme), and fusions (Release by Afro Celt Sound System).

Year 10 students will continue to study the topics covered in year 9, plus be introduced to; instrumental music (Piano Sonata No8 in C Minor) and vocal music (Music fo a While by Purcell).

Year 11 students will study popular music covering The Beatles songs 'With a Little Help From My Friends', 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' and 'Within You Without You', as well as western classical traditions 1600-1910 (Symphony 101 Movement 2 'The Clock') before preparing for their listening and appraising exam.

For a more detailed explanation of the GCSE course and assessments please click here.

For a more detailed breakdown of topics covered in each term please see the relevant year group’s Curriculum Booklet in the Student area of our website.