Moorside High School

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Music

Welcome to the Music department

The Music department at Moorside High strives to develop the students as people.  This is achieved by bringing the students into contact with the fundamental activities of listening, appraising, performing and composing.  These activities are interdependent and inter-related in a well-balanced curriculum which emphasises the practical and creative aspects through a structured and progressive course.

  • Miss H. Ogden – Head of Music

Aims of the department

  • Develop students’ knowledge, skills and understanding through the integration of performing, composing and listening.
  • Allow participation, collaboration and working with other Musicians.
  • Adapt to different Musical roles and respect the values and benefits others bring to Musical learning.
  • Develop students understanding of Musical traditions and the part Music plays in national and global cultures and in personal identity.
  • Explore how ideas, experiences and emotions are conveyed in a range of Music from different times and cultures.
  • Encourage students to engage with and analyse Music, enabling them to develop views and justify opinions.
  • Give students the opportunity to experience a wide range of Musical contexts and styles to allow them to make informed judgements.
  • Explore ways Music can be combined with other Art forms and other subject areas.
  • Explore how thoughts, feelings, ideas and emotions can be expressed through Music.

The Music department strives to provide opportunities for all students to:

  • Develop individual performance skills, both vocal and instrumental.
  • Develop listening and aural perception skills in practical activities, including composing and performing.
  • Develop creative and composition skills, including song writing, arranging and improvisation.
  • Work with a range of Musicians and watch and listen to live Musical performances.
  • Work individually, in groups and as a class.
  • Build upon their own interests and skills, taking on different roles and responsibilities in their development of Music leadership skills.
  • Make links between Music and other subject areas of the curriculum.

Extra Curricular

The Music department has extremely strong links with the Drama and Art department and these come together to produce excellent school productions that allow the students to gain experience of working with others and performing in front of large audiences.

The Music department annually puts on a successful Moorside’s Got Talent show. The whole school gets behind the contest, supporting their friends and their year group with full force. All years were fully represented in each round and it was great to have the whole school come together for this key event for the Music department. There are even bigger plans to beat the success of Moorside’s Got Talent for this academic year!

The students are also given the opportunity to work within the local and wider community. In previous years, Key Stage 4 pupils were given the opportunity to work with Professor Stephen Davismoon at Salford University to create Music that commemorated the Salford Pals involvement at the Battle of the Somme. In this upcoming academic year, Key Stage 3 pupils will receive the opportunity to work with the Hallé Orchestra within their Adopt-a-Player scheme that will work closely with several of our local primaries alongside our pupils. This will culminate in a final performance later in the year.

Within the Music department there are opportunities for students to become involved in the following:

  • Expressive Arts productions – Moorside’s Got Talent and Grease
  • Whole School Choir
  • Year 7 Choir
  • Expressive Arts Ambassadors
  • Street Band

Music at KS3 and KS4

    • KS3 students take Music for one 50 minute lesson per week.
    • KS4 students currently study Music for three 50 minute lessons per week.
    • Students in KS4 opt to study GCSE Music and they follow the Eduqas specification.
    • Instrumental pupils are entered for the ABRSM and Rock School graded examinations throughout the year through their lessons with the MAPAS staff.

KEY STAGE 3 MUSIC OVERVIEW 

Half Term

Year 7

Year 8

 

 

 

Topics Covered Throughout the Year

1

Year 7’s Got Talent

Keyboard Skills

2

Keyboard Skills

Musical Contexts - Band Carousel

3

Understanding and using chords

Songwriting

4

Moorside & Me

Film Music

5

Around the World in 6 Lessons

BBC Ten Pieces

6

BBC Ten Pieces

Introduction to Music Technology