Music is something everyone can enjoy at St Andrew's School. The main aim of the department is for pupils to enjoy creating, performing and listening to music. We believe that music is a subject that is accessible to all, providing opportunities for success at all levels of intellectual development.
Junior School Music
Music is taught by specialist teachers from the foundation years right through to GCSE. Singing forms the basis of music for the junior school. Some fundamental music theory is covered as well as listening and aural skills. A variety of percussion instruments are at our disposable to aid with performances.
Senior School Music
The senior pupils use our music computer suite and become very capable in multi-tracking on software. They are able to record and mix midi and audio files, burn to CDs, create mp3s, compose to movie files and create drum, bass and dance loops! We also make use of recorders, guitars, keyboards, and an array of percussion instruments - including our voices! A wide variety of topics is covered in the classroom including folk music, blues & jazz, modern, pentatonic, the history of music, melody and chord writing, pop music, the science of music and even West Ends musicals!
At GCSE we follow the AQA Music Course. This requires music students to compose, perform and study for an aural/theory exam paper. All GCSE students have individual access to computers and software. They are taught to read music, complete theory papers, compose and given the opportunity to perform in concerts.
Extra-curricular music activities are held every week for all musicians. A band and choir rehearsal is held weekly, and other smaller ensembles are run where any opportunity arises. These ensembles also then perform in assemblies and concerts throughout the year.
Finally, there will be opportunities for pupils to perform and visit musical performances outside of school, through working with the local community and also by attending professional concerts and theatres