The heartbeat of any school is a thriving programme of practical music making. We firmly believe that rather than just teaching music we are creating musicians who are on a journey to develop their musicianship and skills, which will in turn help develop critical skills in other subject areas.
We aim to: make music learning relevant to students, connecting their in-school and out-of-school interests and experiences and enable students to experience practical music making, to understand the processes of music making, and for music making to contribute to their overall social, educational and personal development
Alongside these aims we identify the best musicians and raise their skills to a very high level, to prepare them for the next step of their musical education.
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind and flight to the imagination.
Why study this subject?
We believe music is a universal language that crosses many divides that we see in the world. It is a highly academic subject requiring students to analyse and comment upon composers and performers intentions as well as discusses key musical features of a large number of genres. It helps build skills for life-long learning such as self-discipline, resilience and teamwork.
Music qualifications are highly regarded by colleges of further education and employers alike as musicians are trained to work methodically and to be self-disciplined.
Topics of Study and Assignment
In Year 9 students begin GCSE or BTEC music. In GCSE we focus on further enhancing ensemble skills through class and small group performances looking at the set works of Badinerie by Bach and Africa by Toto. Students explore music spanning the centuries up to Jazz, Blues, modern pop styles and Bhangra. Students will then examine the role of music in film and theatre looking at music from Back to the future, Schindler's List, Jaws and other great music from Hans Zimmer, Bernard Herman and John Williams.
In Music Technology BTEC we explore the music industry, sequencing, audio recording whilst working with industry standard equipment and programs. Students have the opportunity to venture down more technological or performance based pathways depending on their experience, skills and interests. This course is developed mostly through assignments linked to real life situations as students really develop their understanding of the music industry.
David Berliner BMus (Hons) is the Director of Music, assisted by Lorna Denman BA (Hons), Teacher of Music. The team is supported by Aidan Scanlon, Performing Arts Technician.
Events and Activities
I really appreciate the opportunity that you give to such a variety of performers. From the Year 7 child at the start of the evening who stands at the mic and sings a song unaccompanied that he has written to the Year 11 child who is astounding on the piano playing a classical piece.
There is an inclusivity in the music department that shines through the evening. I can see that children are encouraged to 'give it a go' and supported to be brave.
Parent feedback following the Spring Music Celebration 2019
Three concerts each year; numerous performances and workshops around Brighton and Hove including the Childrens Parade, Glyndebourne, Brighton Early music Festival and Brighton Dome. Music is also usually a feature of the Artists' Open House exhibition.
Music tour to Paris.
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