Music is taught in two well-equipped classrooms, which include 40 keyboards with headsets, together with tuned and untuned percussion, a class set of ukuleles, a set of djembe drums, guitars and further world music instruments. There are four practice rooms and suite of 16 iMac computers. There is also a state of the art recording studio, complete with ensemble room and vocal booth in Dartmouth block.
The department has a number of weekly groups, including Orchestra, Choir, String group, Guitar group, pop/rock bands and several gifted and talented groups. All of these perform regularly in school concerts and on other occasions such as school productions, presentation evenings, assemblies and Aldworth's Got Talent.
The Music Department organises theatre trips to West End and local theatres, these include visits to see hit musicals such as “School of Rock, “Wicked”, “The Lion King”, “West Side Story”, “Blood Brothers”, “Les Miserables” and “Oliver”.
We have seven visiting peripatetic teachers who teach the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, electric, bass and acoustic guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, cornet, tenor, horn, euphonium, piano, keyboard, drums and singing. Lessons are taught on a rolling timetable in twenty minute to half hour periods.
We aim to help each child reach their full musical potential, raising their confidence, motivation and self-esteem. Teamwork and ability to communicate and cooperate with one another are valuable skills, which can be developed within the Music Department.
Every student, regardless of ability is given the opportunity to:
- engage with different musical styles
- compose and perform music to an audience
- develop a musical vocabulary
- develop confidence for performance
Key Stage 4
Students can opt for Music GCSE in Year 10, which follows the Edexcel exam syllabus.
At GCSE, both composition and performances are internally examined and moderated externally. A selection of set works is studied in detail, which cover a wide variety of eras and styles of music.
This course offers ample opportunity for participation in practical activities within the classroom. Musicians are able to display their talents to a wider public in regular school productions, such as "Annie", “The Wizard of Oz”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Captain Hooks Revenge”, “Sweeney Todd”, “Alice in Wonderland”, “Joseph”, "Scrooge" and various concerts throughout the year.
For more detailed curriculum information, please see the document below.