Introduction from Victoria Chiles
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The main aim of the department is for students to have an active involvement in many different forms of music making to enable students to enjoy creating, performing and listening to music. We believe that music is a subject that is accessible to all, providing opportunities for success at all levels of ability.
We develop the three main skills areas (performing, composing, listening) through individual, paired, group and whole class activities using a variety of resources such as electronic keyboards, guitars, small percussion, African drums and of course the human voice! We also make regular use of iPads in lessons for students to perform & compose music using Garage Band.
Music is compulsory for Years 7, 8 and 9 and is taught in mixed ability groups. It is an option for KS4 pupils to take GCSE Music and we currently follow the AQA syllabus.
We encourage students to participate in one of the many extra-curricular activities that we offer. These range from choir, school band, saxophone quartet and jazz group. Students are also able to make use of our classrooms and practise rooms at lunch time to rehearse in their own groups if they wish.
Every year we hold regular concerts during the Christmas, Spring and Summer terms. Our annual Christmas Concert takes place at the local church during the last week of the Christmas term. Previously we have also arranged a creative festival (HayFest: July 2016) to celebrate music, drama and art and are currently in the process of rehearsing for our production of Bugsy Malone (Feb 2017).
Students can also learn to play an instrument with one of our many peripatetic teachers. Lessons are available on piano, keyboard, voice, flute, double bass, guitar, ukulele, drums, strings and brass. There is some subsidy available from the school to assist with the cost of lessons and some instruments are available to hire from Wiltshire Council. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org