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Music

The Music department has a strong team of five specialist teachers.  We have three well equipped teaching rooms and in order to support our traditional music curriculum as well as music technology courses, one room hosts 28 computers as well as a specialist music technology suite, which boasts a full 24 track digital recording studio, state of the art monitoring speakers and over 30 high quality microphones.  In addition, there are three practice rooms that boast pianos in each and three full drum kits in one room, used mostly for peripatetic teaching.

We also have 10 peripatetic teachers offering lessons on strings, woodwind, brass, guitar, singing, percussion, keyboard/piano and theory.

Key Stage 3 students are taught in mixed ability groups.  The following units of work are covered:

Year 7:  Unit 1: Rhythm & Metre, Unit 2: The Orchestra, Unit 3: Pentatonic Scale, Unit 4: Introduction to Chords, Unit 5: Rap Music.

Year 8: Unit 1: Samba Band, Unit 2 The Blues, Unit 3: Theme & Variation, Unit 4: Continuing Chords, Unit 5: Reggae Music.

Students are taught how to develop their practical skills on an instrument, including ukulele and keyboard throughout Key Stage 3.

Key Stage 4 students (Years 9 to 11) have the opportunity to opt for GCSE Music. Unit 1: Listening and Appraising (20%), Unit 2: Composition and Appraisal (20%), Unit 3: Performing Music (40%), Unit 4: Composition (20%).

The following courses are available at Key Stage 5: BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music, AS/A2 Music, AS/A2 Music Technology, AS/A2 Performance Studies and BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts.

We have an excellent and well deserved reputation for our extra curricular activities, ranging from choirs (both upper and lower school), orchestras, swing/wind/string band, soul band, keyboard club and musical theatre.

The various ensembles perform regularly in venues across the UK and Europe, from the community carol concert, awards evening, summer concert and a series of concerts on a summer residential (past venues have included Paris, The Black Forest, Ypres (Home of the Menin Gate) and Normandy.

We are also heavily involved in the staging of the annual musical production, from singing, providing the musical accompaniment to sound and lighting for the performances.

Billy Elliot makes a grand entrance

Students at Woodkirk put on a show to rival a West End production

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