Music

The Head of Music is Ms G. Watkins. Other teaching staff include:

  • Vlad Sokolov – music technology teacher
  • Chris Booth – guitar and bass teacher
  • Paul Jordanous – piano and keyboard teacher
  • Paul Bucknor – drum kit teacher
  • Mikey Cooper – violin and banjo teacher
  • George Pasca – ‘cello teacher
  • Piers Green - Saxophone teacher 

The philosophy of the department is that:

  • Each pupil is valued and has a sense of purpose and belonging though engaging in musical activities. 
  • Each pupil’s expectations are raised through curricular and extra-curricular activities, trips and performance opportunities. 
  • Each pupil gains enrichment through experiencing different styles and cultures of music, from European to Latino and African musical genres. 
  • Each pupil is given space and guidance/tuition to allow them to develop creative and expressive skills.

 

IMG 1411There is a main teaching room including 15 Mac computers equipped with Garageband , Logic Pro and Sibelius 8, a band practice room and 2 smaller practice rooms, all equipped with keyboards, drumkits and amps, and 2 music technology rooms, one with recording facilities.

 

 

Curriculum

Pupils from Years 7-9 have one music lesson per week and Key Stage 4 have 3. Key Stage 3 comprises of varied schemes of work that allow all pupils to develop in listening, composing and performing as they study the following units of work:

 

 

Half term 

1

2

3

4

5

6

Year 7

Intro to Music/ composing

Learning the keyboard/ singing

Learning the Ukulele

Chinese Music/ composition

Musicals

Rock and Roll

Year 8

Keyboard skills

Blues/Composition

Learning the guitar

Reggae

Composing with Sibelius

Riffs

Year 9

Film Music/ Orchestra

Composing with logic Pro

Learning the drums

Rock/ group performance

Jazz and improvisation

Minimalism

Year 10

Composition 1 / Listening

Solo performance

Solo performance 

Composition 1 / Listening

Composition 1 / Listening

Solo performance

Year 11

Group performance

Group performance

Composition 2 /Appraisal

Composition 2 /Appraisal

Revision

Revision

 

 

SouthboroughHighSchl325Pupils have access to a vast array of instruments, including African drums, keyboards, ukuleles, electric guitars and of course they make use of the Mac computers. 

This feeds in to Key Stage 4 and the AQA GCSE course, where pupils do specified coursework in creating two compositions, taking part in a solo and a group performance and then take a final listening exam.

At Key Stage 5, pupils have the option to study Music A level, BTEC Music Technology or Rock School Performer qualifications.

Homework

Homework pages for Years 7-9 can be found on Honeycomb regularly. Many homeworks are of a practical nature and expect pupils to practise specific music on various instruments.

 

Extra-curricular

There are a wide range of extra-curricular activities at Southborough:

Extra-curricular activities

Monday

'Hermes' band practice/ Year 7 Play Time

Tuesday

Jazz Band/ Guitar club

Wednesday

Ukulele Club

Thursday

'Bandits' band practice/ Garage Band club/ Samba Band

Friday

Singing club

Pictures from the many recent musical events at Southborough:IMG 5947

2015/ 2016 Music Gallery

 

 An example Year 10 Composition:

Daniel Holbrook GCSE Compo

Josh Binas - Falling Slowly

Practice rooms are available every lunchtime/ after school for bands and groups to rehearse.
GCSE clinics are available after school every Thursday for Years 10 and 11.

 

Brochure
AQA GCSE Music

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