Department Staff: M. Stacey – Music Co-ordinator
M. Tralaw – Music teacher assistant
Music is a universal language accessible to everyone irrespective of age or ability. The primary intent of music lessons is therefore to enrich every child’s learning by broadening their listening spectrum to include a wide variety of styles that ultimately will improve their well-being. The therapeutic nature of both listening and making music is behind each aspect of our curriculum which aims to motivate further exploration of individual musical tastes outside and beyond the school. At the end of every year, children will have experience and enhanced knowledge of music that will be crucial in developing as individuals and have vastly rewarding benefits in all other walks of life. Falconer pupils enjoy a rich variety of musical activity on a daily basis. At least two members of staff support the boys at break times and during lessons playing covers of mainstream rock and soul numbers, as well as blues, reggae and a variety of other styles. Whatever style of music your child enjoys, he is sure to find something that gives enjoyment and enormous learning potential.
Key Stage 3 overview
The department teaches music to all pupils in years 7 to 9. Alongside learning to play instruments (such as electric guitar, bass guitar, drums or keyboard), classroom lessons are a chance to learn the rudiments of music theory, reading notation and experiencing the work of composers throughout the ages. The studio is well equipped and allows the boys to play together as a group, developing ensemble skills.
Key Stage 4 overview
For pupils in years 10 and 11, the option of studying for a BTEC qualification in music allows the boys to develop their skills and open pathways to opportunities that suit their musical aspirations. The qualification comprises four units which can be chosen from a selection of possibilities. One compulsory unit is an externally moderated exam about the music industry while the other units include composition, managing a music product, sound recording and performance.
Development of performance skills is at the core of the curriculum and concerts are put on every term during school hours. The BTEC pupils are given the chance to plan for each event and decide how the concert is managed from rehearsals through to the logistics of setting up equipment on the day and promotion. Composition is an opportunity to explore creative possibilities and develop short musical ideas into extended pieces of music. Sound recording teaches the role of a sound technician and offers the chance to make multi-track recordings of group performances which can be mixed, mastered and made into a CD or MP3.
BTEC Music – revision quiz 1
BTEC Music – revision quiz 2
BTEC Music – flashcards