Music

Head of Department: Peter Romhany

Deputy Head of Department: Dave Condon

Members of Department:

  • Matt Keil 
  • Jo Paradise                                                                                                   

Music Department Manager:

  • Nick Robinson

 

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MUSIC AT MORPETH

Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act.

Music forms part of an individual’s identity and positive interaction with music can develop pupils’ competence as learners and increase their self-esteem.

Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development.

As an integral part of culture, past and present, music helps pupils understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.

FOR MORE ABOUT MUSIC AT MORPETH VISIT THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT WEBSITE

KEY STAGE 3

Pupils will build on any previous knowledge and skills through performing, composing and listening.

They will be taught to develop their vocal and/or instrumental fluency, accuracy and expressiveness; and understand musical structures, styles, genres and traditions, identifying the expressive use of musical dimensions.

They will learn to listen with increasing discrimination and awareness to inform their practice as musicians.

They will be taught to use technologies appropriately and appreciate and understand a wide range of musical contexts and styles.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • play and perform confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts using their voice, playing instruments musically, fluently and with accuracy and expression
  • improvise and compose; and extend and develop musical ideas by drawing on a range of musical structures, styles, genres and traditions
  • use staff and other relevant notations appropriately and accurately in a range of musical styles, genres and traditions
  • identify and use the inter-related dimensions of music expressively and with increasing sophistication, including use of tonalities, different types of scales and other musical devices
  • listen with increasing discrimination to a wide range of music from great composers and musicians
  • develop a deepening understanding of the music that they perform and to which they listen, and its history.

KEY STAGE 4

The following options are available depending on class sizes.

OCR GCSE Music   

The specification requires candidates to develop their ability in performing/realising and composing, and to develop their listening and appraising skills. 

The specification contains four Areas of Study, which define the subject content, through which candidates develop their knowledge and understanding of: 

The use of musical elements, devices, tonalities and structures 

The use of resources, conventions, processes, music technology and relevant notations, including staff notation 

The contextual influences that affect the way music is created, performed and heard including the effect of different intentions, uses, venues, occasions, available resources and the cultural environment 

NCFE Music Technology - Level 2 Music TechnologyCourse                                     

The aim of this course is to develop skills in music technology and the recording process develop technical skills using music technology enable learners to perform using music technology develop existing ICT, communication, project management, time management and team skills.

CLASS BAND (RSL Level 2 Certificate)

Class Band is the name of our new KS4 course that is a whole-class wind band programme.  We have been selected by Yamaha as the first school in the South East to run this project, which has been established throughout Europe for the past 15 years.

The concept is simple:  all students in the class learn and play a brass or woodwind instrument in their regular music lesson with two specialist teachers, working together as a band.

What are the Key Points?

  • Each student receives their own brand new high quality Yamaha instrument, which they can take home to practice.
  • The instruments include tuba, trombone, trumpet, flute, clarinet and saxophone.
  • Online support through “Essential Elements Interactive”.
  • Specialist music teachers supporting classroom teachers.
  • The perfect pathway to GCSE music and beyond.
  • Students learn invaluable skills such as teamwork, discipline and responsibility through participating in class band.

How it works:

The choice of instruments has been specifically designed to maximise the learning potential of the students. They choose an instrument they have not played before and systematically learn the techniques and playing skills within the year.

Class Band is a Yamaha Music School initiative and is backed by one of the worlds leaders in manufacture and education. More than 2,000 Yamaha Class Bands already exist all over Europe and the number is rising constantly. 

We would like our students to get the chance to play quality instruments,  develop transferable learning skills and  develop a clear pathway for further progress beyond KS4. 

 

RSL Rock Factory

This level 2 Certificate in Performance is a 20 credit qualification (equivalent to a GCSE) and offers an introduction to Performance and related subjects.

Core Unit:  Live Music Performance – this consists of a 15 minute performance with a band.  Students can play or sing an instrument of their choice and the music can be in any genre or style.

Other units could include:  Listening to Music, Music Rehearsal Skills and Instrumental Study.  The course will utilize on line methods to support student progress and monitor controlled assessments.

KEY STAGE 5

A LEVEL MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 

Music technology plays a key role in music across the world. Whether or not you play a traditional instrument, you will be encouraged to explore your musicality and create original materials using technology.

Music technology, like other forms of technology, advances rapidly. You will be able to embrace recent developments in the field.

Music Technology involves much practical work and encourages the cultivation of a wide range of skills. You will have opportunities to: sequence MIDI, sequence audio, record live instruments, produce CDs, compose using music technology. You will have opportunities to build understanding of the technical processes and principles that underpin effective use of music technology, and comment on it in writing.

HOW IS THE COURSE STRUCTURED?

You will learn and use a variety of music and music technology skills in order to complete this unit. MIDI sequencing and multi-track recording as well as arranging skills are all key components assessed through the practical work carried out.

You must complete three tasks, which together make the Music Technology A Level

Portfolio 1:

Task 1A: Sequenced Realised Performance

Task 1B: Multi-track Recording

Task 1C: Creative Sequenced Arrangement

You will also submit a logbook that will provide information on the resources used in each task as well as assessed questions on the creative sequenced arrangement.

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?

You will be assessed on your audio CD, which will contain three tracks of work as specified in the three tasks above and your logbook. The logbook will detail equipment used and be used to answer two assessed questions on your creative sequenced arrangement. 

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

General entry requirements and the following facilitating subjects at grade B or above: GCSE Music or an equivalent musical qualification. If you have not taken GCSE Music but have extensive experience in this subject, this will be accepted as an alternative.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES WILL BE ON OFFER TO ME IF I CHOOSE THE COURSE?

All students have the opportunity to take part in free weekly instrumental tuition, join one of the many instrumental ensembles and perform on a regular basis at Morpeth and in other prestigious venues.  

In the past few years students have visited various recording studios, taken part in a music production project with BFI, Portman Gallery Sound Installation Project and have unlimited use of state of the art recording facilities at Morpeth.  

A new link with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama is currently being established, which will focus on a Creative Hub across various arts disciplines linking to courses at Degree Level.

WHERE DO I GO NEXT?

There are many important opportunities in higher education, and many career possibilities for those proficient in handling music technology. GCE in Music Technology has been widely accepted by higher education. Music technology careers could include work as a: Sound Engineer, Record Producer or Teacher.

KEY STAGE 5 BTEC LEVEL 3

MUSIC PERFORMANCE

EDEXCEL BTEC SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA IN MUSIC (PERFORMANCE)

You will develop skills and gain confidence in performing in a wide range of musical styles and develop musical parts and materials using a variety of different resources including recordings and notations.

You will develop specific skills of individual and band rehearsing, arranging and preparing for performances as well as how to perform effectively to an audience.

You will develop listening skills and the ability to recognise, interpret and comment on musical elements such as pitch, rhythm, chord types and progressions, harmony and tonality.

HOW IS THE COURSE STRUCTURED?

The course lasts for two years and over that period of time, you will complete 6 units which will help you obtain a Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to 1 A-Level).

The units cover a wide range of topics from performance to improvising, looking at popular music styles and how they are used at home and abroad.

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?

100% coursework. You will submit your work either through your work blog or by video/audio recordings of your performances.

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

To study Music performance you will need a C grade for GCSE English, plus a C grade (or Pass for BTEC) in Music or Music Technology.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES WILL BE ON OFFER TO ME IF I CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

All students have the opportunity to take part in free weekly instrumental tuition, join one of the many instrumental ensembles and perform on a regular basis at Morpeth and in other prestigious venues.  

Partnerships include Barbican, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Serious, THAMES, CM, Richmix, Drumworks, Musical Futures and Cambridge University. Students have been involved in projects in South Africa, New York and most recently in The Hague as well as working with numerous institutions in the UK.   

WHERE DO I GO NEXT?

This course provides excellent preparation for higher education courses in music performance at university. Students will gain a wide range of knowledge and experience to embark on careers in performance and session recording. 

CREATIVE AUDIO

RSL LEVEL 3 SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA IN MUSIC (COMPOSING)

You will develop a wide range of skills related to recording and editing audio and music in a wide variety of contexts.

Sound and Music is used in many different media products from podcasts and radio, to Film, Television and Computer Games. Creative Audio will give you the skills required to work in a competitive industry where audio plays a vital role in the success of a media product.

HOW IS THE COURSE STRUCTURED?

The course lasts for two years and over that time you will complete 6 units, giving you a qualification worth the equivalent of 1.5 A-levels. This qualification from RSL will carry UCAS points, allowing you to continue your studies at degree level.

The units cover a number of different topics such as creating sound and music for film, television and computer games,  as well as podcasting and radio and career preparation.

 HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?

100% coursework. You will submit your work either through your work blog or by audio/video recordings of your work. One project on the course is worth a third of the entire qualification and is externally assessed by the exam board.

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

To study Music performance you will need a C grade for GCSE English, plus a C grade (or Pass for BTEC) in Music or Music Technology.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES WILL BE ON OFFER TO ME IF I CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

All students have the opportunity to take part in free weekly instrumental tuition, join one of the many instrumental ensembles and perform on a regular basis at Morpeth and in other prestigious venues.  

Partnerships include Barbican, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Serious, THAMES, CM, Richmix, Drumworks, Musical Futures and Cambridge University. Students have been involved in projects in South Africa, New York and most recently in The Hague as well as working with numerous institutions in the UK.   

WHERE DO I GO NEXT?

This course provides excellent preparation for higher education courses in Music Technology, Audio Engineering and Sound Design at university. Students will gain a wide range of knowledge and experience to embark on careers relating to Audio in the media and entertainment industries.

KEY STAGE 5 MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

WHY STUDY THIS SUBJECT ?

Music technology plays a key role in music across the world.

Whether or not you play a traditional instrument, you will be encouraged to explore your musicality and create original materials using technology.

Music technology, like other forms of technology, advances rapidly. You will be able to embrace recent developments in the field.

Music Technology involves much practical work and encourages the cultivation of a wide range of skills. You will have opportunities to: sequence MIDI, sequence audio, record live instruments, produce CDs, compose using music technology.

You will have opportunities to build understanding of the technical processes and principles that underpin effective use of music technology, and comment on it in writing.

HOW IS THE COURSE STRUCTURED?

You will learn and use a variety of music and music technology skills in order to complete this unit. MIDI sequencing and multi-track recording as well as arranging skills are all key components assessed through the practical work carried out.

You must complete three tasks, which together make the Music Technology A Level

Portfolio 1:

Task 1A: Sequenced Realised Performance

Task 1B: Multi-track Recording

Task 1C: Creative Sequenced Arrangement

You will also submit a logbook that will provide information on the resources used in each task as well as assessed questions on the creative sequenced arrangement.

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?

You will be assessed on your audio CD which will contain three tracks of work as specified in the three tasks above and your logbook. The logbook will detail equipment used and be used to answer two assessed questions on your creative sequenced arrangement.

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

General entry requirements and the following facilitating subjects at grade B or above: GCSE Music or an equivalent musical qualification. If you have not taken GCSE Music but have extensive experience in this subject, this will be accepted as an alternative.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES WILL BE ON OFFER TO ME IF I CHOOSE THE COURSE?

All students have the opportunity to take part in free weekly instrumental tuition, join one of the many instrumental ensembles and perform on a regular basis at Morpeth and in other prestigious venues.  

In the past few years students have visited various recording studios, taken part in a music production project with BFI, Portman Gallery Sound Installation Project and have unlimited use of state of the art recording facilities at Morpeth. 

A new link with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama is currently being established, which will focus on a Creative Hub across various arts disciplines linking to courses at Degree Level.

WHERE DO I GO NEXT?

There are many important opportunities in higher education, and many career possibilities for those proficient in handling music technology. GCE in Music Technology has been widely accepted by higher education. Music technology careers could include work as a: Sound Engineer, Record Producer or Teacher.