MUSIC EXPRESSES THAT WHICH CANNOT BE SAID AND ON WHICH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO BE SILENT
|Ms E Segal||Head of Music|
Ms J Monk
Music Teacher and Vice Principal
|Mrs R Morini-Masterson||2ic Music|
|Mr S Palekar||Teacher of Music|
Every student at KS3 has a music lesson once a week as part of the curriculum and this is the major focus of the Music Department at Hatcham College. It is through this curriculum that we can ensure that every child has access to the wonders of music and their own musical creativity.
However, Music Departments should also be judged on the quality, breadth and quantity of their extracurricular provision and to this end Hatcham College offers a wide range of high-quality lunchtime and after school ensembles run by members of staff and professional musicians.
We seek to provide appropriate progression routes in Music from KS3 to KS5, enabling all students with a passion for music to access further and higher education, and to fulfil their musical potential in whatever field of music they are interested in. This includes RSL Level 2 Music Technology alongside Music GCSE at KS4 and RSL Level 3 Music Performance alongside A level at KS5.
All students have access to the many opportunities that are available through the diverse activities of the Music Department. All students are encouraged to become independent, responsible and creative musicians. We seek to provide opportunities for our students to work with professional practitioners and to watch professionals at work. Recently these have included members of Britten Sinfonia, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the lead from Tina (the Tina Turner musical) the BBC Singers and the world-renowned drummer, Ralph Rolle, coming into school. As well as numerous concerts within school, we look for opportunities to perform outside of school. Last year the choir performed at the Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms, the Lord Mayors Show and in April 2020, 57 students will be performing 3 concerts in Italy as part of the Music Tour. The annual musical is a highpoint of the year and in 2019 over 100 students took part in 3 sold out performances of Sister Act at St Catherine’s Church. This year, the school musical is ‘In the Heights’ by the composer of Hamilton.
Weekly ensembles include Symphony Orchestra, Hatcham Vocal Collective, Vocal Consort and Jazz Band with many other smaller ensembles. Both the Jerningham and Pepys sites are well equipped with two large classrooms and a number of practice rooms. On the Pepys site both classrooms are fully equipped with Mac computers.
Key stage 3
At KS3, we aim to ensure that every student sees themselves as a musician by offering an innovative, inclusive and broad music curriculum. This includes a specifically designed and innovative Band Project for all year 7s and 8s (year 9 to join in 2020 – 21) that gives everyone the opportunity to learn instrumental skills on guitar, bass, drums, keys and vocals before forming bands and experiencing the joy of making music together and honing their ensemble skills. These lessons are supported by professional band musicians who are performing regularly. Music technology is also key to enabling all students to access their creativity and to that end we now have a full Mac suite with Logic Pro at the Jerningham site.
Key Stage 4
The course aims to help students fulfil their musical potential through involvement by performing, composing listening and appraising.
It is a natural progression from KS3 and prepares students wishing to study music at A level.
Students learn how to demonstrate aural perception, musical knowledge and understanding, and develop their performing and communication skills, creativity and their teamwork.
COURSEWORK - 60% of GCSE
- 30% Two original compositions that will be recorded. This can be from a number of different styles and on a range of instruments, and can be created using either live instruments or ICT or a combination of the two.
- 30% Two performance pieces that will be recorded one of these must be a solo piece and one must be an ensemble piece. Students can play an instrument or sing.
COURSE OUTLINE – YEAR 10
- Introduction to all 4 Areas of Study and Set Works
- Range of small composition tasks linked to the areas of study
- Three solo and Three Ensemble Performances
COURSE OUTLINE – YEAR 11
- Revision of all 4 Areas of Study and Set Works
- Two Final Composition Tasks – written and recorded.
- Two Performances (Mock and Final Exam)- prepared outside lessons
EXAMINATION- 40% of GCSE
A 1 hour 45 minute listening exam which examines students understanding of the musical elements, musical contexts and musical language, through 4 Areas of Study, and a selection of set works:
- Instrumental Music 1700–1820- including music by Bach and Beethoven
- Vocal Music- from Purcell and Queen
- Music for Stage and Screen- music from Wicked the Musical, and Star Wars
- Fusions- covering styles from Africa and South America