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)

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Key Stage 3

Course title: KS3 Music

Course Overview: Students develop their practical skills by learning a number of instruments such as drums, guitars, keyboards etc. in an informal learning environment.

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)
  • Tuesday – Junior Band (open to all beginner Year 7 and Year 8 instrumentalists)
  • Thursday – Choir
  • Friday – drumming club

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 (e.g. Spain)


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

Progression to: BTEC Level 3 and A Level Music

Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • Monday – Theory club (to catch up on IL or any difficulties in lessons)
  • Tuesday – Junior Band (open to all beginner instrumentalists)
  • Wednesday – Jazz Band
  • Thursday – Choir
  • Friday – drumming club

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).

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Key Stage 5

Course title: BTEC Level 3 Music Subsidiary Diploma

Course Overview: The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers greater flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the optional units. It is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level.

The BTEC National is designed for learners who wish to pursue a vocationally relevant qualification in the music sector. This sector is a dynamic area of the performing arts and many of its skills are transferable between the different areas of the larger genre.

This specification aims to give learners the opportunity to gain understanding and practical skill in a variety of areas of this complex industry. Students will learn about the industry, which will enable learners to see the different roles and options that are available to them. There is also the opportunity for learners to gain an understanding of the different working patterns within the industry, especially working as a freelancer.

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

Key Areas Of Study: 60-credit and 360-guided-learning hour qualification that consists of one mandatory unit plus at least one specialist unit plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 60 credits.

Compulsory Unit: Music Performance Techniques

  • Specialist Units (one to be completed for subsidiary level):
  • Solo Music Performance Skills 10 3
  • Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble

Optional Units:

  • Aural Perception Skills
  • Music Project
  • Composing Music
  • Musical Theatre Performance
  • Classical Music in Practice 10
  • Pop Music in Practice
  • Listening Skills for Music Technologists
  • Solo Music Performance Skills
  • Live Music Workshop
  • The Music Freelance World
  • Marketing and Promotion in the Music Industry
  • The Sound and Music Industry
  • Music in the Community
  • Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble
  • Music Performance Session Styles
  • Singing Techniques and Performance

Assessment: Coursework based

Course Length: 2 years

Progression to: University/Music College

Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • Monday – Theory club (to catch up on IL or any difficulties in lessons)
  • Tuesday – Junior Band (open to all beginner instrumentalists)
  • Wednesday – Jazz Band
  • Thursday – Choir
  • Friday – drumming club

ALL BTEC 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).

Numerous trips take place throughout the year to Leeds College of Music. We also visit Music Conferences and anything that may be relevant at the time to further develop students learning in a vocational manner.


Course title: A Level Music

Course Overview: This course will enable candidates to develop an understanding of the organisation of sounds, the context of music, and musical styles and genres. Students will create musical ideas with technical control and expressive understanding, making creative use of musical devices, conventions and resources. Students offer two performances which may be solo, ensemble and/or technology-based. Each performance may be one longer piece or several shorter ones. Students may perform their own composition(s).

Many students who have been successful in A Level Music have gone on to study music at university or music college.

Key Areas Of Study: Appraising Music Performance Composition

Assessment: Appraising Music (written exam at the end of the two year course) Performance (performance exam at the end of the two year course) Composition (controlled assessment – two compositions completed)

Course Length: 2 years

Progression to: University/Music College

Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • Monday – Theory club (to catch up on IL or any difficulties in lessons)
  • Tuesday – Junior Band (open to all beginner instrumentalists)
  • Wednesday – Jazz Band
  • Thursday – Choir
  • Friday – drumming club

ALL A LEVEL 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).

We also go on theatre trips to see any set work material being played.

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