The Music Department at the Ursuline Academy is at the heart of the school community. The department takes an active part in the very busy musical life of the school, performing in the many school occasions, Masses, community charity events and concerts throughout the year.
At Key Stage 3 students receive one lesson of compulsory Music education a week. The Music department seeks to offer our students every possible opportunity to get involved and enjoy Music through an integrated, “hands on” approach. Students experience Composing, Performing, Listening and Appraising in an integrated and practical way. Our schemes of work our carefully designed to achieve a balance between traditional and modern, Western and non-Western music, with a significant element of ICT.
Music is a multifaceted academic subject, as well as one which involves performance, composition analysis and improvisation. When you study GCSE Music, you will be able to develop your musical skills significantly and learn about the inner workings of music through many different means. You will discover the cultural richness of music in Western Classical Music, Music in the 20th Century, Popular music and World Music. The Music Department follows the Edexcel GCSE Music course.
There are three main elements to the course:
Performing coursework 30% – Prepare and record one solo and one ensemble performance for a final assessment.
Composing coursework 30% – Compose two pieces on the computer programme Sibelius.
Listening exam 40% – An hour and a half exam at the end of Year 11. Based on four Areas of Study spanning many different styles of music from classical to pop, rock, blues and world music. Students will study and analyse the set works over the two year course.
The Music Department consists of one classroom and a Music Technology suite with fourteen dedicated music PCs running Sibelius 7. There is also a Recording studio and 3 practice rooms which are used for peripatetic lessons, class group work and individual instrumental practice.
Individual lessons are currently offered by the visiting instrumental teachers. Instrumental lessons are given throughout the school day and are organised on a rotational basis so that a different classroom lesson is missed each week. Out of school times are reserved for pupils in year 11 and the 6th form.
We offer tuition on the following instruments;
- Drum Kit
- Acoustic/Electric Guitar
- Piano (Classical and Jazz)
- Viola and Violin.
We believe that learning an instrument is very important and it can develop: awareness of potential, concentration, coordination, confidence in own ability, communication skills, self-discipline, responsibility, a sense of achievement, imagination and a love of music and culture.