‘Be Confident, Be Creative, Be Inspiring’
Key Stage 3
Music at The Blue School is engaging and student enthusiasm is strong – we want your child to have a fantastic, rich musical experience with us. We have made major investment into the department to include a new technology suite as well as our dedicated teaching spaces and our passionate team of creative musicians have developed an exciting curriculum that will encourage your child to achieve in all areas of music - listening, performing and composing. They will gain an understanding of how to use music as an expressive force, through individual, paired and group work.
Students receive one lesson a week in KS3 which increases if they progress into GCSE/A-Level. They will use technology and live instruments in every year, at different points in the curriculum. The Music and Drama curriculum are intrinsically linked across the three years and we provide as many opportunities for performance as we can during the academic year.
We have a growing extra-curricular programme including two choirs, an orchestra, multiple bands, music tech clubs and a student-led folk ensemble. We have a close relationship with the Priddy Folk Festival, presenting students on the main stage every year as part of a major project. Music plays a large part in school productions, and we aim to run multiple concerts throughout the year.
Y7 students will learn about elements of music (Rhythm/Pitch/Tempo/Timbre/Structure/Dynamics) to create a strong foundation for the remainder of KS3 and ultimately GCSE. They will focus in the first term on singing in preparation for the Founders Day service and on group music making in the second term prior to the Carol Service in which students will have the opportunity to perform. After Christmas the focus turns to developing skills and learning instruments, namely the ukulele, the keyboard and the music software on the iMacs. They will learn about instruments of the orchestra, and create music for a new planet using ideas from Holst and his music.
Y8 students have a focus on music from the wider world in Year 8. They will begin by looking at vocal skills such as rap and beat boxing along with a capella singing. Students will then create protest songs based on Reggae music conventions looking at the music industry in detail. Students will learn about Minimalism, performing music by Mike Oldfield, Steve Reich and Michael Nyman. The curriculum will then progress their arrangement and performance skills towards the end of the year to allow students to progress into Year 9.
Y9 students will study film music at the beginning of year 9 with links to Shock Headed Peter using music technology to add effects to audio recordings. The focus then moves towards Musical theatre, fusion and film music in which we will start to create links to the GCSE specification. They then study and perform Klezmer music from the Jewish tradition. All of this work culminates in an end of KS3 concert whereby students will be invited to perform work which shows the development of their skills over the three years in which they have been learning with us.