Music

At Woodroffe School we have a unique opportunity to develop and promote a greater understanding of Music within our students. It is to this end that the department’s philosophy is designed to allow each student to meet their full potential within the subject.

Our intention is to equip our students with the language of Music in order that they may develop their perception, knowledge and understanding of the subject and of themselves. The expression and analysis of ideas, and the development of a specialist vocabulary are all major objectives.

We view quality of performance as an essential element in the music curriculum particularly through vocal and instrumental techniques. The curriculum is designed to accommodate the needs of each student and afford them challenging experiences in Music.

We intend that our students should enjoy their creative work and we value that pleasure, recognising the recreational and therapeutic elements of Music while emphasising the invention, investigation, experimentation and sense of discovery will enrich the creative process with such meaning. Success will be recognised and rewarded and we will ensure that every student has the opportunity to reach a level of achievement commensurate with ability.

Is described as vibrant and energetic. Students of all year groups and experience are provided with opportunities to experiment in a safe and nurturing environment.

Music at KS3 is compulsory for years 7, 8 & 9 where they receive a one hour lesson every week.

Music is an option subject at KS4 & 5 with the additional offer of Music Technology at A’ Level

The department has state of the art equipment with 24 iMacs for classroom use running Sibelius, LogicPro9 and Garageband, as well as a 64 track digital recording studio which is well equipped with high end industry standard microphones and recording equipment.

A recent refurbishment in the department has resulted in us having three new practice rooms for curriculum group work and four practice rooms for peripatetic teaching.

More than 20% of the students at Woodroffe receive instrumental lessons per week on the following:

  • All strings
  • All brass
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Flute
  • Jazz piano
  • Classical piano
  • Traditional voice including musical theatre and classical
  • Rock School Singing
  • Drums
  • Classical guitar
  • Electric, acoustic and bass guitar

Students are able to perform with a wide rang of ensembles playing music in a wide range of styles.

  • Little Big Band – All Years
  • Big Band – All Years
  • Brass Ensemble – All Years
  • Early Music Orchestra – All Years
  • Orchestra – All Years
  • Senior Choir – All Years
  • Junior Choir – All Years
  • Chamber Choir – All Years by invitation
  • Wind Band – All Years

These ensembles perform regularly in school and in the local community. The junior and senior choirs have both performed on two occasions at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Dorset Music Service concert held every 4-5 years.

Every two years the big bands take part in a tour to Europe. They have performed concerts in Barcelona, Lake Garda region and Paris including the main stage at Eurodisney.

We have links with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and have taken part in a number of projects over the years involving other schools – Beaminster, Mountjoy and Colfox. Recently we borrowed a number of string instruments and had 40 students all learning to play an instrument for the first time and then perform a concert with some of the players from the BSO!

For the past two years we have attended a workshop with the BSO at Poole Lighthouse  where our A’ Level students have had the opportunity to talk with the conductor of the orchestra about their set works and then sit in on an open rehearsal before attending the evening concert.

Year 7 Curriculum Map

AutumnSpringSummer

Building Blocks

Context / convention:  Music for Occasion

Element(s) Focus: Elements of Music

Skill(s) Focus: Keyboard playing, Composition, Graphic
Scores, Standard Notation

Musician/Other subjects link? Numeracy

Exploring Scales

Context / convention: Music for groups

Element(s) Focus: Scales (Pentatonic/Modes)

Skill(s) Focus: Ensemble Skills & improvisation

Musician/Other subjects link? Geography

Samba Drumming

Context / convention: Carnival

Element(s) Focus: Rhythm and Metre

Skill(s) Focus: Ensemble

Musician/Other subjects link? Geography

Understanding Use of Pulse

Context / convention:  Seasonal Music

Element(s) Focus: Sense of rhythm

Skill(s) Focus: ‘Singing’ in time

Musician/Other subjects link?

Understanding Fanfares

Context / convention: Music for Occasion

Element(s) Focus:  Rhythm

Skill(s) Focus: Composition

Musician/Other subjects link? ICT – Sibelius Software

Ukelele Performing – Calypso – I’m Yours/Riptide

Context / convention: Popular song, Music for holiday

Element(s) Focus: Harmony & ensemble

Skill(s) Focus: Whole class playing Ukuleles

Musician/Other subjects link? Geography

Year 8 Curriculum Map

AutumnSpringSummer

Film Music

Context / convention: Music for Moving Image/Atmospheric

Element(s) Focus: Timbre/Melody

Skill(s) Focus: Composing

Musician/Other subjects link? Media

Melody Writing – Minuet

Context / convention: Composition Tool Kit

Element(s) Focus: Melody & Harmony

Skill(s) Focus: Composing/Major Scales

Musician/Other subjects link? Mozart 40th, Haydn

Brit Pop (Wonderwall)

Context / convention: Music in Society

Element(s) Focus: Instrumental and ensemble skills

Skill(s) Focus: Keyboard/Bass/Guitar/Vocals

Musician/Other subjects link? History

Rap Music (Whoomp)

Context/Convention: Dance music

Element(s) Focus: Rhythm, Texture & Structure

Skills Focus: Logic X software

Musician/Other subjects link?: Politcial

Understanding Blues

Context / convention:  Music of the people

Element(s) Focus: Harmony

Skill(s) Focus: Ensemble

Musician/Other subjects link? Literacy

Samba Drumming

Context / convention: Carnival

Element(s) Focus: Rhythm and Metre

Skill(s) Focus: Ensemble

Musician/Other subjects link? Geography

Year 9 Curriculum Map

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GCSE Music

Component 1: Performance 30%

Usually 2 pieces:

  • 1x Ensemble (mandatory)
  • 1x Solo/Ensemble

Between 4-6 mins total duration. Grade 3 standard.

Component 2: Composing 30%

2 compositions:

  • 1x Set brief (choice of 4)
  • 1x Free composition

Between 3-6mins total duration.

Compnent 3: Listening & Appraising 40%

Approx.1.5 hour examination based on;

  • Four areas of study
  • Musical Forms & Devices
  • Film Music
  • Music for Ensembles
  • Popular Music

2 Set Works

  • Badinerie by J.S.Bach for Flute and String Orchestra with Harpsichord (Final movement, Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV 1067)
  • Africa: Toto (released 1982)
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Music

Staff

Mr J Cullimore, Miss H Webb

Overview

This course offers an opportunity to gain skills as a performer and composer and to enhance enjoyment and understanding through detailed listening to a variety of music. Students will be expected to perform on a weekly basis in small groups and gain skills in composing through exercises based on examples studied in class.

Minimum Entry Requirement

Music GCSE Grade 5 or above. If the GCSE requirement is not achieved, please discuss with Mr Cullimore

Curriculum

Year 12

  • Performance includes solo and/or ensemble performing as an instrumentalist and/or vocalist or music production
  • Composition – Composition to a set brief and Free composition
  • Appraising music – Students study Western Classical Tradition (The Development of the Symphony 1750-1900) and one other area of study from Rock & Pop 1960-1990 and Jazz

Year 13

  • Performance includes solo and/or ensemble performing as an instrumentalist and/or vocalist or music production
  • Composition – Composition to a set brief and Free composition
    Appraising music – Year 13 builds on the study from Year 12, but with an additional choice from Twentieth Century Music or Twenty-first Century Music
Assessment & Reporting

Year 12

  • Internal examinations will take place and will form the basis of discussions as to suitability for continued study into Year 13
  • Performing – 4 to 6 minutes of performance as an instrumentalist / vocalist/ music production
  • A composition (minimum of four minutes of music in total)
  • Appraising music – written exam with listening and written questions

Year 13

  • Two Units: Performing & Composing
  • Option A: Performing as an instrumentalist / vocalist/ music production (10-12 Mins) 35%. Composing one piece to a brief and one free composition (4-6 minutes in total) 25%.
  • Option B: Performing as an instrumentalist and/ vocalist/ music production (6-8 mi) 25%. Composing one piece to a brief and one free composition (8-10 minutes in total) 35%.
  • Appraising music – written exam with listening and written questions lasting 2 hours and 15 minutes which forms 40% of the A Level.
Facilities

The Music department is equipped with 23i Macs with Sibelius, Garageband and Logic ProX software. There is a Media Suite with 30 iMacs running the same software and a 64 track digital recording studio.

Additional Activities

Students will have opportunities to set up and operate live sound set ups for school events such as the school concert, showcases and the whole school musicals.

Music Technology

Staff

Mr J Cullimore

Overview

On completion of this course, many students choose to progress to the wide range of specialist Music Technology and Recording courses. Job roles in this sector include Studio Technician and Music Producer.

Minimum Entry Requirement

Six GCSEs Grade 5 or above. Music is desirable. Basic skills on an instrument are essential however.

Curriculum

Year 12 & 13

Component 1. Students are required to produce a recording of a popular song chosen from a list of ten provided by the exam board. One recording, chosen from a list of ten songs supplied by the exam board, consisting of a minimum of five compulsory instruments and two additional instruments. Total time must be between 3 – 3 ½ minutes.

Component 2. One technology-based composition chosen from three briefs set by the Exam Board. Synthesis, sampling/audio manipulation and creative effects use must be included. Total time must be 3 minutes.

Component 3. Application of knowledge related to all three areas of study:

  • Recording and production techniques for both corrective and creative purposes
  • Principles of sound and audio technology, and the development of recording and production technology.

Component 4. Application of knowledge related to two of the areas of study:

  • Recording and production techniques for both corrective and creative purposes, and Principles of sound and audio technology.
Assessment & Reporting

Year 12

Students will have two internal assessments – one during the Spring term and one during the Summer term. These assessments will not have any bearing on the final A Level grade, however, students will be expected to obtain a D Grade or above in the Summer exam to progress to Year 13.

Year 13

Components 1 and 2. A non-examination assessment submitted to the Exam Board as two tracks on CD. This forms 40% of the A Level.

Component 3. Externally marked one hour 15 minute written exam which forms 25% of the A Level.

Component 4. Externally marked one hour 45 minute written/practical exam which forms 35% of the A Level.

Facilities

The Music department is equipped with 23i Macs with Sibelius, Garageband and Logic ProX software. There is a Media Suite with 30 iMacs running the same software and a 64 track digital recording studio

Additional Activities

Students will have opportunities to set up and operate live sound set ups for school events such as the school concert, showcases and the whole school musicals.

Mr Cullimore

Mr Cullimore

Head of Music
Miss Webb

Miss Webb

Head of Year