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The Music department consists of two full time teachers, a music TA as well as one resident steel pan teacher and seven visiting instrumental teachers who teach over 100 students in the school to support the department.

The subject is taught as a separate subject through all key stages, but belongs to the Performing Arts Department.

In year 7 students have the chance to experience Drama and Music on a carousel: half the year they are doing Drama and the second half Music.

The department runs a very varied and exciting extra-curricular programme. All three members of staff and instrumental teaching staff work very hard to maintain the programme. There are lots of weekly-run activities including choir, guitar club, ukulele club, keyboard club, gospel close harmony, string quartet, annual school production, steel pans numerous bands, as well as Theory club, GCSE composition and Studio recording sessions. Many of the ensembles, along with solo items, perform on lots of different occasions such as the Christmas Concert, different events (e.g Year 6 open evening, School Assemblies), school’s annual production etc...

This is a very busy Music department where demands on both teacher and student time is high and rewarding for the whole school!

Click here to see the Music Curriculum at KS3: What are you going to learn?


Extra Curricular Activities

- MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
8.00 – 8.40 Practice Time –
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Theory Clinic
F34
Practice Time –
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Practice Time –
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Practice Time –
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Lunchtime
1.30 – 2.10
Guitar Club
F34
Studio Club
Keyboard Club
F34
Little Shop of Horrors –
Music Rehearsal
Gospel Close Harmony
F34
Ukulele Club
F34
Afterschool
3.30 – 4.30/5.30
Practice Time –
Book a practice room
Little Shop of
Horrors – Music
Rehearsal
F34 + PR
Little Shop of
Horrors – Music
Rehearsal
F34 + PR
Choir F34
Studio Club
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Mr. Rieger
Head of Music Teacher

I started teaching music at Loxford in September 2011 and worked in the MFL department for three years beforehand. I have always liked music and love the performance side of it. I’m an instrumentalist and I play the piano, guitar, flute and violin, instruments which I play professionally in musicals, orchestras and solo around the world. I studied music in a French Conservatoire before embarking on a Music degree in Chicago. I then studied for my PGCE at the Institute of Education

Ms. Shaunak
Music/Drama Teacher

I have always had a passion for music and drama. After leaving school I studied at the Oxford school of Drama. I then went on to study Music and Drama at Brunel University where I was awarded the University Sheridan Prize for best contribution to performance. I studied towards my teacher training at the Institute of Education, where I have also recently completed my Masters degree in Music Education. Whilst studying towards my Masters I was a singing teacher and choir leader and took my choir to perform at Southwark Cathedral. My main instrument is the voice and I have performed as soprano soloist in large choral works on tour in New York and Florence and London venues such as St Pauls and Southwark Cathedral. I am the producer of Spearshaker Theatre, a small company who have taken shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and performed in various venues in London.

Mr. Ingando
Instructor of Music

Mr. Louis
Resident Steel Pans teacher


Support for your Learning

Examination Level: GCSE
Examination Group: AQA
GCSE Music: Is based on five areas of study:
  1. Timbre and dynamics
  2. Rhythm and metre
  3. Texture and melody
  4. Harmony and tonality
  5. Structure and form
Has three major strands:
  1. World Music (which covers Indian, African and Caribbean music)
  2. Western Classical Tradition (which covers Baroque orchestral music, chamber music, the sonata, the concerto, music for voices and film music)
  3. Popular Music (which covers the Blues, music of the 1960s, R 'n' B and music theatre)

1.Performing music (40%) Perform one individual piece that lasts no more than five minutes. Perform one group piece that lasts no more than five minutes.

2.Composing music (20%) Compose a piece of music in any style or genre of your choosing. You will need to submit a recording of the composition on CD and a musical score, which is appropriate to the genre of your piece. This could include staff notation, graphic notation, tab, a written account detailing the structure and content of the music or any combination of these. There is no time limit on your composition but it must demonstrate a 'sufficient development of ideas'.

3.Composing and appraising (externally assessed) (20%) - equally divided between the composition and the appraisal. For the composition, you will be required to compose one piece of music and must choose two or more of the areas of study. This includes a score and recording as for the previous composition. In addition, you will be required to appraise the process and the outcome of the composition in relation to the Areas of Study and indicate the link to the chosen strand. You will appraise your composition in a controlled two-hour exam.

Examination Listening and Appraising (20%)
One-hour exam which tests listening skills based on the Areas of Study.

Instrumental Lessons Listening and Appraising (20%)

You do not…

  • have to be good at reading music but it helps to have a basic knowledge of reading pitches and rhythms
  • have to have reached a certain grade on your instrument/voice to take music but the students who reach the highest grades at GCSE tend to be a grade 3 or above standard
  • have to have instrumental or singing lessons to take music but the course is much easier if you do.

You will...

  • be encouraged to participate in the musical life of the school
  • be given priority in receiving vocal or instrumental lessons, depending on space.


Peripatetic Music Lessons

Large numbers of students receive instrumental and vocal lessons and many more participate in the clubs and activities that take place throughout the year.

The Music Department currently offers instrumental lessons on the following instruments:

  • Violin
  • Piano
  • Drums
  • Guitar (acoustic / electric / bass)
  • Brass
  • Steel Pans
  • Woodwind (flute)
  • Voice
  • Cello

Students currently receive approximately twelve 20 minute paired lessons per term (one a week). The length of lessons may vary subject to the number of student requests. Students can hire instruments from the Rebridge Music Service. If interested in learning an instrument, talk to Mr. Rieger for a form.


Facilities

The music department has a large equipped room with keyboards, two practice rooms and a fully equipped recording studio. We also have a set of Mac books / MIDI keyboards to allow students to access music technology.

Useful links:

GCSE Music specification:www.aqa.org.uk

Recommended website:
www.bbc.co.uk/orchestras/guide
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize
www.sfskids.org
www.good---ear.com
www.flashmusicgames.com
www.musictheory.net