Students

Welcome to the Music Department

The high quality of music making is a feature of Harrogate High School. The Music Department can boast excellent facilities, with a self-contained block for music making and teaching. This comprises two large teaching rooms, one of them a computer and keyboard studio, a rehearsal area, a Sixth Form tutorial and practice room, a percussion practice room, four further practice rooms and a Sixth Form computer room.

Staff

  • Mrs A Southern (Head of Department)
  • Mrs H Mills (Music development Co-ordinator)

Peri Staff

  • Adam Bratowski – Guitar
  • Emily Roberts – Piano
  • June Garbutt – Vocals
  • Angeline Bjerregaard – Flute
  • Helen Mills – Saxophone and Clarinet
  • Ed Dennis – Drums
  • Mike Parris – Drums
  • Joanna Wesling - Strings

Key Stage 3

Course title: KS3 Music

Course Overview:

During Year 7 and Year 8, students will be expected to compose and perform either individually, in pairs and in small groups. They will begin Year 7 by rehearsing songs for the KS3 Concert in November. They will then move onto learning basic keyboard skills which they will then apply to their group work activities later in the year. Students will have the opportunity to perform using a range of classroom instruments such as ukuleles and percussion as well as singing. Towards the end of Year 7 they will be introduced to GarageBand software and will learn music technology and composition skills which will be developed further in Year 8 along with their practical performance skills. Students will be assessed at regular intervals through group performance and individual teacher assessments. They will also be given the opportunity to peer and self-assess.

Key Areas Of Study:

  • Ensemble work
  • Keyboard skills
  • Theory skills
  • Vocal skills

Course Length: 2 years

Progression to: GCSE Music

Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • Monday – Theory club (to catch up on IL or any difficulties in lessons) and drop in rehearsals for any bands or for future events
  • Tuesday – Choir
  • Wednesday – Guitar Group
  • Thursday – Junior Band (open to all beginner Year 7 and Year 8 instrumentalists)
  • Friday – School of Rock

Trips: If in an extra-curricular group, you will take part in a number of concerts in school and in the wider area. Trips included Low Mill and foreign visits every other year.


Key Stage 4

Course title: GCSE Music

Course Overview: Our GCSE brings theory, listening and composition to life in new and engaging ways, and links to the world around us. We know that every student has different learning styles and musical tastes, which is why our GCSE values all music styles, skills and instruments.

ALL STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE A FREE MUSIC LESSON ONCE A WEEK IN A INSTRUMENT OF THEIR CHOICE THROUGHOUT THE DURATION OF THE COURSE

Key Areas Of Study:

  • Component 1 – Listening
  • Component 2 – Performing
  • Component 3 - Composing

Assessment:

  • Component 1 – Listening (written exam at the end of the two-year course)
  • Component 2 – Performing (performance exam at the end of the two-year course)
  • Component 3 – Composing (2 compositions completed as controlled assessment over the two years)

Course Length: 2 years

Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • Monday – Theory club (to catch up on IL or any difficulties in lessons) and drop in rehearsals for any bands or for future events
  • Tuesday – Choir
  • Wednesday – Guitar Group and Jazz Band (invite only)
  • Thursday – Junior Band (open to all beginner Year 7 and Year 8 instrumentalists)
  • Friday – School of Rock

ALL GCSE STUDENTS MUST ATTEND AR LEAST ONE ACTIVITY A WEEK

Trips: If in an extra-curricular group, you will take part in a number of concerts in school and in the wider area. Trips include Low Mills and foreign visits (eg. Spain).

Liverpool – The Beatles Museum


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