Key Stage 3 Music
The Lower School course (S1/Year 7 and S2/Year 8) focuses primarily on creative practical keyboard skills and boys will also learn how to use a sophisticated computer programme, Cubase, to record their work. We aim to enable all pupils to play a keyboard competently and confidently within two years.
Keyboard playing and composition go hand in hand. Over the two years, boys will learn how chords and melody link together, and how to use them within a structure. In S2 (Year 8) a wide variety of different musical styles will be covered, with a focus on the compositional techniques that go with these styles. These include Blues Music, Indian Raga, Ragtime and Theme and Variations.
Boys are able to opt to continue with Music into S3 (Year 9) and, as in earlier years, there is an emphasis on practical and creative work while continuing to look at a broad range of musical styles. Topics covered in S3 (Year 9) include Experimental Music (what actually is music?), Popular Music (ranging from early jazz to the present day), Music in the Media (looking at the types of music you see in everyday life) as well as Programme Music and the use of modes.
Practical work involves writing and recording a pop song, composing music for adverts and cartoons, descriptive music and experimental composing.
There are many extra-curricular activities aimed primarily at the Lower School, including the Lower School Choir and Ensemble 123. Pupils are encouraged to join our senior ensembles as soon as they reach the required standard. There is a musical drama every two years, and all pupils are encouraged to participate fully in these productions.