The Department is housed in its own classroom block along with the Drama Studio; there are two classrooms, three practice rooms, a recording suite and music studio equipped with Sibelius 6 and Reason. The Music Department at OPGS is busy and vibrant. In addition to class teaching, we run a very busy and diverse programme of extra-curricular activities in school time, catering for all musical interests and levels of attainment. Other activities include Battle of The Bands, House Music Competition, Stars in Their Eyes, Concerts and Recitals as well as a school production in partnership with the Drama Department.
Key Stage 3
Years 7 and 8
Pupils explore music through a range of practical activities using classroom instruments, keyboards and the voice. Working in pairs and larger groups, they use sounds descriptively, rhythmically and melodically to create compositions. They learn performance skills through a variety of topics and develop an analytical ear through listening and appraising Music.
|YEAR 7 TOPICS||YEAR 8 TOPICS|
TERM 1: WHAT MAKES A GOOD SONG
TERM 2: LATIN BEAT
TERM 3: THE FOLK TRADITION
TERM 4: RHYTHMS OF THE NILE
SUMMER TERM: PERFORMANCE UNIT – ALL YEAR 7s PERFORM IN THE SUMMER CONCERT
TERM 1: REGGAE
TERM 2: MAKING CONNECTIONS
TERM 3: GOING SOLO
TERM 4: JAZZ IMPROVISATION
TERM 5: PROGRAMME MUSIC
TERM 6: FILM MUSIC
Extension and Enrichment
Acorn Band, Guitar and Ukulele clubs, Choir.
Key Stage 4 GCSE
Exam Board and Subject Content
Exam Board: AQA
The main object of the course is to stimulate and develop an appreciation and enjoyment of all types of music through an active involvement in the essential musical activities of listening, performing and composing.
|Music is broken into five Areas of Study||Study involves three main Strands|
|Rhythm & Metre||The Western Classical Tradition|
|Harmony & Tonality||Popular Music of the 20th & 21st Centuries|
|Texture & Melody||World Music|
|Timbre & Dynamics|| |
|Structure & Form|| |
UNIT 1 LISTENING AND APPRAISING – 20% of total marks
UNIT 2 COMPOSING AND APPRAISING – 20% of total marks
UNIT 3 PERFORMING MUSIC – 40% of total marks
UNIT 4 COMPOSING MUSIC – 20% of total marks
Extension and Enrichment
Oakwood Band, Advanced Guitar Club, Advanced Ukulele Club, Wind Band. Concert visits.
Music Pre-U and Music Technology A Level offered. Music Pre-U comprises a combination of performing, composing and listening. Music Technology comprises a combination of sequencing, recording, listening to and understanding Popular Music Styles since 1910. Currently, we are the only school in Maidstone offering Music and Music Technology courses in the 6th Form.
More detail on the a-level course can be found here