At Archers Brook we offer opportunities for everyone to explore their creativity through listening, creating and performing using instruments and music technology whilst experiencing a wide range of musical styles.
The curriculum is sequential and a wide repertoire is carefully selected to engage students and build on prior experiences whilst raising awareness of different cultures.
Students have the opportunity to take part in instrumental tuition with professional musicians and join extra-curricular groups.
Music theory closely supports practical activity. Key words and notations are used to support effective musical learning.
Students are encouraged to sing and play instruments to improve aural skills and confidence.
Students create music through exposure to technology and use of ICT in Music.
Audio and video recordings are used to appraise work
Pupils make independent, informed and musical choices by using a rapidly widening repertoire to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance work.
The proportions of pupils from all groups continuing to follow curriculum music examination courses in Key Stages 4 are high.
WHAT WE DO IN KEY STAGE 3
The work is practical and students are given a range of instruments to learn and play. They join together in small groups to form bands where they are encouraged to take leadership roles and ownership over their music making. They also work individually practising and refining their skills. Many students enjoy creating and manipulating music using the iPad, computer and our studio.
WHAT WE DO IN KEY STAGE 4
At KS4 students can continue on their musical journey by taking Rock School qualifications (RSL Level 2 Music Practitioners). The Peformance Pathway allows pupils to improve their rehearsal skills and put on live performances and the Technology Pathway allows pupils an insight into sound production and live recording techniques.
Students can take part in extra Music making during break times during the week. It's a great time to join together with students from other year groups and combine the skills we have learnt individually. We encourage staff and pupils to join in with singing together at special occasions such as Christmas.
Look up Chords and Tabs to practice on your instrument:
Make your own Music at home using this free online DAW:
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