'Where words fail, music speaks' Hans Christian Andersen
Music at Lea Manor is diverse, celebrating creativity and confidence through performing, composing and listening tasks and activities. Students have the opportunity to experience a wide range of musical genres as well as learning the basics of a great range of instruments from keyboards to ukuleles, to djembe drums and guitars. Music Technology is also used within lessons for all students to experience industry-based software. Students will develop a range of practical skills as well as musical theoretical knowledge.
Key Stage 3
Students in year 7-9 follow a curriculum that has been designed to focus on the elements on music which are central to the AQA GCSE Music course, preparing any student who wishes to study music at Key Stage 4. We cover a range of topics including Reggae, film music, African Drumming, remixing, Rock and Roll and Jazz and Blues. By the end of year 9, students feel comfortable performing in front of others, and have basic keyboard, ukulele and computer skills, with the ability to read music. They will also develop important life skills; being able to give specific feedback constructively, having the ability to work successfully with others, as well as having the confidence to present their work to a group.
At Lea Manor, we currently study the AQA GCSE syllabus, with 40% based on their performance skills. Students are also asked to compose their own music, allowing the students to creatively express themselves, with a listening exam based on the elements of Music.
BTEC Music Technology
Students also have the opportunity to study Music Technology which is taught from the BTEC Music specification. By the end of the course, students will be accustomed to using recording equipment and sequencing software, as well as developing an insight into the Music Industry as a career.
The course covers two mandatory units:
Unit 1 – The Music Industry
Unit 2 – Managing a Music Product
Students will also examine the following areas:
Unit 3 – Introducing Live Sound
Unit 6 – Introducing Music recording
Unit 7 – Introducing Music Sequencing