Music is an essential part of our lives and we interact with it in many ways. It can stimulate our emotions; be a powerful form of communication; develop confidence, creativity and imagination; and improve our wellbeing. At Sir Graham Balfour, our aim is to provide opportunities for all students to participate in enjoyable music-making activities that enhance their existing skills and interests, and introduce them to new genres, instruments and concepts.
The curriculum in Years 7-9 focusses on the development of musical skills that can be applied to a range of topics in Key Stages 3 and 4, and that students can utilise in their own music activities and future careers. These skills are built around five strands that both interrelate and overlap:
- Performing – using the voice as an instrument including singing and rapping; and learning to play percussion instruments, keyboards and ukuleles both individually and with other students
- Composing – responding to compositional briefs, creating music in different styles for instruments, voices and music technology
- Improvising – experimenting with sounds, and devising music on the spot during a performance
- Listening – listening to and describing a wide range of music genres including popular, world and classical styles, and music for the media
- Appraising – reflecting and responding to their own and others’ music.
Students can take part in extra-curricular activities that enhance the curriculum such as a vocal group, orchestra, and school shows. A wide range of instrumental and vocal lessons are also available that are delivered from visiting peripatetic teachers.
Key Stage 4 Exam Specification:
- Pearson BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Music Practice