SUBJECT NAME: MUSIC
Aims of the subject:
Music is an enriching, creative and vibrant subject at Kingshott and as a department we encourage students of all ages and abilities to participate in a wide range of musical ensembles, events and activities throughout their time here. We are fortunate to have a fantastic team of visiting music teachers who give solo and ensemble tuition in classical, orchestral and popular instruments, reaching over ¾ of the students each week.
We encourage students to develop a life-long appreciation for and engagement with music through classroom activities and extracurricular groups which aim to develop the full range of performing, composing, listening and analytical skills. The Kingshott Music curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop self-discipline and independence, work cooperatively and creatively, and to be ambitious and aspirational about their musical futures.
A range of formative assessment strategies are used in the classroom throughout each half-term project, with students drawing on teacher/peer feedback and their own self-assessment to aid the development of composition and performance work. Informal quizzes are regularly used to assess students’ understanding of key musical concepts and vocabulary. Students who receive instrumental tuition often work towards ABRSM, Trinity and Rockschool graded examinations, as well having the opportunity to participate in student concerts and competitions.
Class lessons emphasise practical and collaborative music-making experiences which are underpinned by the development of musical knowledge, listening and analytical skills. Half-term projects are designed to focus on practical skill development and understanding of musical concepts, with opportunities for whole class, small group and independent musical activities. These projects draw on a range of musical styles, genres and periods to encourage students to explore and develop their interests.
Class lessons are enhanced through a rich programme of extracurricular vocal and instrumental ensembles, concert trips, workshops, competitions and outreach events. The aim of this extended Music curriculum is to deliver engaging, relevant and authentic musical learning experiences from which the students can develop their own musical paths and passions.
Use of ICT within the subject:
Students are able to develop their music technology skills through a range of classroom and extracurricular activities. These include exploring various iPad apps and composition software such as GarageBand, creating portfolios of audio and video recordings, and participating in authentic recording experiences through using midi keyboards, electronic drum kits and professional recording equipment to create music videos.