Music is an innovative and celebrated department within our outstanding school
Music really is at the centre of the school’s life. The music department has an outstanding reputation for its teaching, learning and extra-curricular activities. From chamber choir to concert band to flute choir, African drumming and rock bands there is a unique opportunity where all talent finds a home and a stage. We undertake regular concerts throughout the year and collaborate with other schools, ensembles and musicians.
Our vision is to…
“Inspire RPS students to have a lifelong love for music and play and write with passion and accuracy which demonstrates their full potential”
Therefore all our lessons are about practical music making. Students learn through singing, playing instruments, performing, improvising, composing and critically engaging with music.
Our individual practice and teaching rooms, recording facilities and technology suites provide a truly exceptional music facility here at Roundwood Park.
Our extra-curricular provision includes:
- Training Concert Band
- Whole School Choir
- African Drumming
- String Group
- Chamber Choir
- Concert Band
- Rock Band
- Theory Sessions
- Flute Choir
- Brass Ensemble
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9)
Each year group develops an understanding of notation, musical vocabulary, composing and performance across different genres of music. Students will be encouraged to sing and be capable of playing a musical instrument, with a solid understanding of the global importance of music. There are opportunities to work in groups, individually using our mac suite or as a whole class.
Key Stage 4 GCSE (Years 10 & 11)
Following the OCR exam specification.
Composing (30%), Performing (30%) and Listening & Appraising (40%).
The first two of these areas are submitted as coursework. The listening and appraising exam focuses on Instrumental Music, Music for Stage and Screen, Vocal Music and Fusions as well as aural dictation and analysing unfamiliar music.