Music

"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."  Victor Hugo

Music is a vibrant department with many opportunities for students to become actively involved in music-making.

The Music department consists of one large teaching room, four practice rooms, an office and storage areas. In addition to this we use the School Hall with piano and pipe organ. The classroom is equipped with keyboards and computers. Students have the opportunity to use music notation and sequencing software to support their composing studies. Students have the opportunity to use Sibelius and Garage band software to support their musical studies.

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 follow a course that meets the requirements of the National Curriculum, involving singing, performing using musical instruments, composing and listening. Students learn about and undertake practical work in a range of musical styles and gain an understanding of musical theory, which gives them a good grounding should they wish to take Music at GCSE level.

Our enrichment opportunities include:

  • School Choir
  • Glee club
  • School Orchestra
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Year 7 Boomwhacker Club 

Students are able to take part in a wide range of performance opportunities including:

  • End of term concerts (Christmas, Spring and Summer)
  • Assemblies, special services and community performances

Our peripatetic team offer instrumental and vocal provision on most orchestral instruments (strings and woodwind), piano, keyboard, voice, electric guitar, bass guitar and acoustic guitar. Students are regularly entered for music exams with the national music examination boards. Lessons are organised on a rotational basis so that students learning musical instruments experience minimal disruption to their other timetabled lessons.

Lower School

Year 7 and 8

The curriculum develops students’ musical skills and enables them to enjoy making music in a fun and controlled environment. Every student will experience practical and theoretical work through the study of a variety of musical styles. All units of work cover a range of listening, performing and composing tasks.

Upper School

Year 9 

The Year 9 curriculum builds on skills and knowledge gained in the Lower School and prepares for study at GCSE level, with students experiencing both practical and theoretical work. Each unit of work focuses on different musical styles and concepts. Within each of these, students will expand their musical vocabulary and apply musical knowledge and understanding to their practical work. Each unit covers a broad range of listening, performing and composing tasks.

Years 10 and 11

Students choose to take Music at GCSE in Years 10 and 11. We follow the Edexcel specification.  The four components of the course are: Performing, Listening, Composing and Appraising. The elements of music are studied in greater depth and skills are developed in composition, performance and listening; a large proportion of this is practical work. Coursework is completed under controlled conditions and consists of two compositions and a performance portfolio. There is one listening examination based on set works studied throughout the two year course. The GCSE course provides a solid foundation for further study at A Level.

Sixth Form

A Level Music – Eduqas

A Level Music extends students’ knowledge and skills in the same areas studied at GCSE: Performing, Composing, Listening and Appraising. For the listening and appraising component, three Areas of Study are learnt in depth, leading to a single examination at the end of the course. In addition, students further their skills as performers and composers and these components form the coursework element. A high proportion of A Level Music students at Mayfield Grammar go on to study Music at University.