The Music Department consists of one dedicated classroom, a recording suite, drum room, keyboard room, peripatetic room and three practice rooms.
Over the course of the year, Year 7 students study the core areas of listening and appraising, performance and composition through six well-structured and engaging units such as Cartoon Music, Music of Africa and an Ensemble Project. During each unit students develop their instrumental skills through the use of percussion instruments and keyboards and start to create arrangements. Musical notation is taught from the start to set the foundation for music learning.
During Year 8 students learn about The Blues, Film Music, Latin American Music and the Orchestra. They develop many arrangements through the use of percussion instruments and keyboards and develop their improvisation skills. In addition, Year 8 students are introduced to cutting edge musical software, which is used to input their compositions.
In Year 9 students continue developing their improvisation and arranging skills which extends to looking at The Beatles, Parodies, Battle of the Bands and an introduction to GCSE performance.
The GCSE syllabus consists of the three main areas: listening and appraising, performance and composition. The three main skills are studied through the following areas of music Western Classical Tradition 1650 – 1910, Popular Music, Traditional Music and Western Classical Tradition Since 1910.
Students are provided with the opportunity to showcase their performance skills at events staged throughout the course.
Instrumental lessons on an individual or group and on any instrument basis can be organised through the school with the Shropshire Music Service at a competitive rate.
A wide variety of opportunities for participation are on offer for all students ranging from a very successful School Choir, keyboard and guitar practice clubs and numerous student bands