Music is more than singing in tune or striking a drum in time to the beat. In Music at The Laurels, the emphasis is on cultivating a love and appreciation of music while developing our pupils’ skills in performance, composing and appraisal. We offer all our pupils the opportunity to develop their listening and communication skills whilst learning how significant musical works and genres have shaped our world.
“I cannot write poetically, for I am no poet. I cannot make fine artistic phrases that cast light and shadow, for I am no painter. I can neither by signs nor by pantomime express my thoughts and feelings, for I am no dancer; but I can by tones, for I am a musician.” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performance is highly valued and strongly encouraged through regular performance tasks in class and co-curricular opportunities. Pupils are to reflect on their own and other’s performances and strive to do their best. In the development of composition skills we aim to teach our pupils a wide range of musical styles and techniques that will give them the tools they need to express their own personal ideas with clarity and confidence. Listening is encouraged through the regular appraisal of significant musical works and peer appraisal of compositions and performances. We want to develop pupils who are considerate listeners, who understand their own minds and can critique others with intelligence and thoughtfulness.
You will participate actively in Music lessons where you will work independently, in groups and in pairs on a variety of listening, performance and composition tasks. These activities will help you to develop good communication skills and explore your creative side in a supportive environment. You will be able to get involved in the many co-curricular activities on offer including Singing, Orchestral Ensembles and Music Theory,and participate in regular public performances.
Years 7 to 9
Each year group from Year 7 to 9 will study a different genre of music each term, ranging from significant Classical works, through to Jazz, Blues and contemporary classical and popular styles. Pupils listen to music from the genre they are studying and learn the correct musical vocabulary to describe and appraise the music in depth. Performance and composition tasks are used as a tool to widen the breadth of our pupils understanding of each genre and to give them opportunities to explore their own creative ideas.
Each term pupils participate in class discussions, performances and composition tasks. We take every opportunity to enrich the curriculum by taking advantage of the close proximity of London’s cultural venues and events.
Years 10 and 11
At GCSE, pupils will study Edexcel’s GCSE in Music. We study the following specification: Music 1MU0
In this specification pupils are given an opportunity to study 8 significant musical works in depth from the Baroque era through to 21st Century popular styles.
Pupils will also be assessed on their ability to compose 2 original compositions of their own devising and how they perform on their instrument.
All examinations, including coursework take place in Year 11.
Edexcel’s GCSE in Music
Grade 5 Theory Classes
Musical Theatre and Opera Trips