Head of Subject: Mr Tom Hosking
Welcome to the Music Department!
Students can opt to learn a musical instrument in the following disciplines:
- Percussion and Keyboard - Mr John Mitchell
- Piano and Voice - Mrs Kirsty Bailey
- Guitar - Mr Rick Martin
- Strings - Mrs Ria Clemens
- Woodwind - Mr Diston Dryburgh
- Flute, Bass Guitar and Ukulele - Miss Sian Kelly
- Brass - Mrs Kirsty Bailey
Lessons take place once a week on a rotation basis so as to not disrupt any curriculum time on a regular basis. The teaching team are all visiting teachers who are all active musicians. Many have worked in many areas of the industry including musical theatre in the West End, being employed as associate teachers for the main music colleges, and of course, teaching a range of students across Cornwall.
At Redruth, we are lucky to have a good range of facilities and resources that are constantly being reviewed and updated. We currently have 2 main teaching rooms, 3 practice rooms, a recording facility and access to ICT equipment within one of the teaching rooms. The classrooms are equipped with electronic keyboards, guitars, and both tuned and untuned percussion. The practice rooms are equipped with a drum kit and electric piano. We have iMacs and PCs which use Garageband, Logic, Cubase and Sibelius at all Key Stages for composition purposes. Students are encouraged to form their own musical groups, and can book to use these facilities during lunchtimes and after-school.
Key Stage 3
In Key Stage 3 students will experience a wide range of disciplines to enable them to have a solid foundation for further study at GCSE if they choose to continue with the subject. Topics include:
Brass –students will have the ability appreciate the importance and historical context of the brass band culture in Cornwall. Students will have the opportunity to learn a brass instruments and explore how sound is produced.
Theme and Variation – students will study simple composition with a well-known melody. They will study how music is developed within a simple framework.
Samba – as rhythm is an important of all genres of Music, students will study the musical genre of Samba. They will have the opportunity to play a range of percussion instruments to create their own cyclic rhythmic patterns.
Variations – students will utilise the skills studied as part of the Theme and Variation sessions in Year 7 and learn how to create simple form and structure within a composition
Musicals – students will study the origin of musicals and how musical notation is used to perform songs from musicals. They will use the class keyboards to play famous songs from musicals.
Film – following on from reading basic musical notation, and the previous study of different instruments, students will have the opportunity to compose an underscore for a scene from a film.
Key Stage 4
During Key Stage 4, students will further enhance their musical studies to build on a range of skills covered in both their Key Stage 3 curriculum, but also the work they complete with their private instrumental teachers. At Redruth School, the Music Department follows the EDEXCEL GCSE Music specification. Al students who opt to study Music at Key Stage 4 are expected to take part in the extra-curricular life of the department to further develop their performance ability. The course is set-out as follows:
Student will study all three elements of Music. These include performance, composition, and listening and appraising. During the Autumn Term, the students will create an ensemble performance which they will showcase at a school concert. The choice of piece will be completely their own. Students will also create a composition for solo instrument using the compositional process of Serialism which derives from the 20th Century period. In terms of a theoretical process, students will follow the ABRSM guides to music theory to give them a solid foundation on which to analyse the required set-works.
Student will further develop their performance skills by creating another ensemble performance which will be more complex than the previous. They will also be expected to prepare a solo performance to record in line with the expected outcomes of the GCSE specification. Students will also utilise their previous compositional skills to create a piece of programme music encompassing a range of instruments with a range of harmonies. During the year, students will start to use a range of resources to complete the close analysis of five of the eight set-works required for GCSE. They will learn how to mark music scores and annotate them appropriately.
In the final year of study, students will be required to record both a solo and ensemble performance each of two minutes. The standard of the pieces will need to be at least Grade 5 practical from the major exam boards. Student will also receive a compositional brief from the exam board, and will need to write a piece of music according to the requirements from the board. There will also be time allocated to completing the analysis of the final three set-works. Near the end of the course, time will be allocated to revisiting the studied set-works in preparation for the Summer Exam.
- Choir meets every Thursday, 3-4pm, with additional rehearsals after school in the run up to important concerts and events.
- Concert Band meets every Tuesday 3-4pm. Musicians of all ages and abilities are welcome to join.
- Guitar Ensemble meets every Friday lunchtime and is led by Mr Rick Martin (Guitar Tutor). The ensemble is suited to acoustic/classical guitarists.
- Redruth School’s Samba Band ‘Rio Do Rio Verhehlo’ meets every Thursday lunchtime and is led by Mr John Mitchell (Percussion Tutor). Samba is a very noisy and fun way to spend a lunchtime and is open to all students.
- GCSE Revision is held after school every Friday. Depending on the year group, students can catch up on coursework or attend Listening Exam revision sessions.