The Junior Music Programme
Year 9 Music
The Junior Music Programme covers the nuts and bolts of music through mostly practical and digital learning. Students develop keyboard skills as well on their chosen instruments, as soloists, in small groups and as a whole class band. Students use computers – particularly the Sibelius and Noteflight notation programs – to compose short pieces in a number of styles such as Rocket Launch, Freestyle and 8-bar Rock Piece.
Year 9 Drama
As part of a wider Arts delivery, Drama is also taught for one of the five Year 9 Option Music lessons. It is delivered in accordance with Level 4 of the National Curriculum. The programme identifies and strengthens each boy’s personality, where everyone is equal, positively contributes and develops confidence and mutual respect.
Year 10 Music
Year 10 continues developing performance skills through individual, small group work and sometimes as a whole-class band. Students are introduced to Bass Clef via our Drum n Bass composition, and more advanced pieces towards popular song-writing thus will study vocal lines, guitar, bass and drum patterns. They also compose creative/dramatic pieces that develop effective use of a melody.
Students can elect to play in this fun and encouraging all-comers beginners’ band.
The Junior School Gig is an informal concert whereby our burgeoning musos perform, 9MUS, 10MUS or boys who not doing academic Music but learning a musical instrument, perform possibly for the first time. The gig features our Junior Band, Guitar and String groups, soloists and self-led bands.