Music

Introduction

Music is a successful department who have been described as ‘Outstanding’ in a Music specific inspection by Ofsted in 2011. We are also part of the extremely successful Performing and Visual Arts Faculty.

Approach

As a department we want to encourage as many students as possible to be musically active. We encourage students to perform and compose and be able to critically evaluate the music they listen to. We also aim to make it FUN! We want to give a broad range of musical experiences to students building confidence in performing and hopefully giving them musical memories that will last a lifetime. Our approach is very inclusive which can be seen through the various different courses we offer students to continue with music at KS4 and KS5. We also offer many exciting projects and opportunities for our Gifted and Talented musicians and singers. The Music department staff are knowledgeable and enthusiastic and always striving to get the best out of students.

Facilities

We have 3 music specific classrooms 2 of which are equipped with apple iMacs, 34 in total. We have 3 recording areas including a pod based recording studio, a dedicated mixing room and a smaller recording area. Each are acoustically treated and equipped with audio interfaces and studio monitors. We have a wide range of microphones to cover the majority of recording applications. All computers run Logic Pro, Sibelius and GarageBand and 1 classroom has access to Auralia ear training software. As a department we are increasing our use of iPads for both teaching and learning. Students have access to 4 practice rooms, each with a piano, and also a drum room with 2 drum kits. We have a large range of African and Indian instruments as well as keyboards, Brass, Ukuleles and percussion. We also have a series of guitars and amps as well as a number of vintage synthesisers.

Enrichment

As a department we run several extra curricular clubs. These include:

  • Collegium Orchestra
  • One Voice Choir
  • Swing Band
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Staff & student Choir & Ukulele Ensemble
  • Music Theory Club
  • Production Orchestra
  • Production Chorus
  • String Orchestra
  • Double Bass ensemble.
  • Rock School Rehearsals
  • African Drumming
  • Lunchtime Concerts

Concerts

We put on several concerts and events throughout the year, both in school and in the local area, including:

  • Yearly Music tours to France, Spain, Italy, Belgium
  • KS3 recitals (twice a year)
  • KS4 recitals
  • Christmas Carol concert
  • Gifted and Talented Summer concert (with primary school students)
  • Rock school gigs (at the May Garland, Horam)
  • 6th form cabaret (at the 6 Bells, Chiddingly)
  • School Production
  • HASP Concert at the Tunbridge Wells Assembly Halls
  • Lunctime karaoke every other Thursday
  • Open Evening
  • Summer Celebration

Curriculum

Learning outcomes for Music on pathway 8 – click here
Learning outcomes for Music on pathway 7 – click here
Learning outcomes for Music on pathway 6 – click here
Learning outcomes for Music on pathway 5 – click here

Revision

The course information below is only an outline of course content / learning objectives and should NOT be used as a guide to the topics for revision purposes.  Detailed guidance for revision for this subject can be found as follows:

  • GCSE / Level 2 courses  will be assessed using the topic content of Years 9, 10 & 11 –  please click here for detailed revision advice
  • A level / Level 3 courses will be assessed using the topic content of Years 12 & 13 –  please click here for detailed revision advice
Year Course & Topics Level Contact for more detail
7 In house course covering:

  • Topic 1 Diagnostic Unit
  • Topic 2 Brass Band Project
  • Topic 3 Christmas Sing
  • Topic 4 Instruments of the Orchestra
  • Topic 5 Instruments of the Orchestra Keyboard project
  • Topic 6 Ukulele Project
  • Topic 7 Summer Sing
National Curriculum Ms Evenden
kevenden@heathfieldcc.co.uk
 8 In house course covering:

  • Topic 1 Brass band, Ukulele/Keyboard Development
  • Topic 2 Indian Music
  • Topic 3 Blues/Rock n Roll  Music
  • Topic 4 Dance Music
  • Topic 5 African Music
  • Topic 6 Film Music
  • Topic 7 Musicals
National Curriculum  
 9 GCSE Preparation
Covering:

  • Topic 1 Intro to Logic Pro
  • Topic 2 Intro to Sibelius
  • Topic 3 Theory grades 1-2 (once a fortnight over the year)
  • Topic 4 Ensemble practice (once a fortnight over the year) 3 final performances during the year
  • Topic 5 Intro to use of Minimalism
  • Topic 6 Intro to use of Melody in composition.
  • Topic 7 Intro to use of Texture in composition.
  • Topic 8 Intro to use of structure in composition.
  • Topic 9 Intro to use of Harmony in composition.
  • Topic 10 Intro to use of Melody in composition.
   
10-11 Edexcel GCSE Music
Covering:

  • Topic 1 Performing
    • Students perform for at least four minutes’ combined duration
    • Solo performance: this must be of at least one minute in duration, and may comprise one or more pieces
    • Ensemble performance: this must be of at least one minute in duration, and may comprise one or more pieces
  • Topic 2 Composing
    • Students compose two compositions, of at least three minutes’ combined duration
    • One composition to a brief set by Pearson, of at least one minute in duration.
    • One free composition set by the student, of at least one minute in duration.
  • Topic 3 Listening Paper Set works:
    • Areas of study:
      • Instrumental Music 1700–1820
      • Vocal Music
      • Music for Stage and Screen
      • Fusions.

The specifications for this course can be found by clicking here.

Level 2  
 12 Edexcel GCE Music AS and Year 1 A level
Covering:

  • Topic 1 Performing
    • A public performance of one or more pieces, performed as a recital.  The total performance time across all pieces must be a minimum of 6 minutes.
  • Topic 2 Composing
    • Total of two compositions, one to a brief set by Pearson and one either free composition or
      also to a brief. Each composition must be at least 2 minutes in duration.
  • Topic 3 Appraising
    • Knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language.
    • Application of knowledge through the context of six areas of study, each with two set
      works.

      • Vocal Music,
      • Instrumental Music,
      • Music for Film,
      • Popular Music and Jazz,
      • Fusions,
      • New Directions.
    • Application of knowledge to unfamiliar works.

 

The specifications for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCE AS and Year 1 A level: Level 3  
13 Edexcel GCE Music A Level Year 2
Covering:

  • Topic 1 Performing
    • A public performance of one or more pieces, performed as a recital.  The total performance time across all pieces must be a minimum of 8 minutes.
  • Topic 2 Composing
    • Total of two compositions, one to a brief set by Pearson and one either free composition or
      also to a brief.
  • Topic 3 Appraising
    • Knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language.
    • Application of knowledge through the context of six areas of study, each with three set
      works.

      • Vocal Music,
      • Instrumental Music,
      • Music for Film,
      • Popular Music and Jazz,
      • Fusions,
      • New Directions.
    • Application of knowledge to unfamiliar works.

The specifications for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCE A Level Year 2: Level 3  

12/13 Rock School Music Practitioners (Exam board Trinity)
Course tailored to individual student . Choose between 4-16 of the following units. There are 86 units but these are the most popular:

  • 301 Music Arrangement (Projects)
  • 302 Music Arrangement (Orchestration)
  • 303 Music Arrangement (Recording)
  • 304 Composing Music (Styles)
  • 305 Composing Music (Collaboration)
  • 306 Composing Music (Solo)
  • 307 Composing for Film and Documentary
  • 308 Composing for Computer Games
  • 309 Composing for Adverts
  • 333 Live Sound Engineering FOH
  • 334 Live Sound Engineering Monitors
  • 357 Musical Director
  • 358 Music Rehearsal Skills
  • 359 Live Music Performance
  • 360 Recorded Music Performance
  • 361 Music Performance to Camera
  • 362 Lead Performer
  • 363 Session Musician
  • 364 Music Improvisation
  • 365 Auditioning for Music
  • 366 Music Sequencing and Production
  • 367 Music Sequencing and Production
  • 368 Live Sound Recording
  • 369 Digital Recording and Production
  • 370 Studio Sound Recording
  • 371 Studio Sound Mixing
  • 372 Studio Audio Mastering
  • 373 Mixing for Surround Sound
  • 374 Remixing & Production
  • 375 Radio or Podcast Production
  • 376 Music Video Production
  • 385 Instrumental Study
  • 386 Musicianship

 

The specifications for this course can be found by clicking here.

Level 3