The Music Department
The Music department provides a vibrant and creative aspect to the whole curriculum. Our focus on active engagement of students at KS3 has resulted in 100% pass rate for the past 3 years at Level 2 BTEC at KS4.
Students have a natural desire to want to express themselves. The Music department provides a wide range of activities; from full college productions to small scale busking performances at a local shopping centres, Live at the Arc lunchtime concerts to Battle of the Bands, music recitals to instrumental exams. Students are encouraged to take part in practical presentations as part of their Year or House challenges as well as class and year group performances.
Different skill sets are covered in each year and developed over the three years of KS3; Percussion, Keyboards, Guitars, Vocals, Theory and Band work. As part of the NC statutory guidance at KS3 our curriculum is intended;
• to allow students to access a range of musical skills
• to give a broad understanding of not only instrumental technique but of a range of musical genres
• to ultimately allow students to leave their musical education at the end of KS3 with a comprehensive understanding of music
• to go onto achieve well at KS4 (in which we currently offer the Music BTEC).
The Music Department has significant links with the wider community, with charities worldwide and with FE colleges, as detailed below:
Tesco Hamilton (We annually take our Y10 BTEC group to perform for customers)
Quad Studios, Leicester (We annually take our Y10 BTEC group to learn from and record with industry professionals)
Netherhall Special School
The COPTrust (Registered charity, South Africa)
Curve Theatre, Leicester
Echo Factory, Leicester (FE, formerly BCME)
Gateway 6th Form College