Music

Subject Leader: Mrs S Davis

Overview

Performing Arts_Music IMG_0362The Music department at Cheam High School is made up of 2 Music teachers including an experienced subject leader and is based in its own Performing Arts building. 

At Key Stage 4 students study GCSE and BTEC Music Level 2 and at Key Stage 5 courses offered are BTEC Music Technology and BTEC Music. 

The department works closely with Drama as a Performing Arts team with many cross curricular links between the subjects.  The leader of Music is committed to the subject and keen to encourage extra-curricular opportunities and enrichment.  The department has a music technology studio and dedicated practice rooms alongside computers with Cubase and Sibelius software.

 

Strengths

Outcomes in both the Level 2 and Level 3 BTEC courses in 2016 were very pleasing, with a number of students achieving Merit and Distinction grades.  Across both key stages students achieved positive progress (i.e. value added) achieving highly in both written and practical areas of the course.

The teaching is good in Music with students of all abilities showing excellent attitudes to the subject and being challenged to do their best. Observations in 2015/16 show that progress is good with elements of outstanding practice. 

All students are given opportunities to use musical instruments within lessons at all key stages. A wide range of genres are taught at all key stages.  Assessment tasks are recorded to help students develop a range of skills and all teachers have strong subject knowledge.

Students’ Views and Attitudes

Students enjoy music at all key stages, especially when learning how to play a variety of instruments.  Collaborative learning is key to musical enjoyment and this is embedded into every lesson.  Students enjoy playing and practising with their peers and receiving verbal feedback throughout lessons from their teachers.

Enrichment and Intervention

IMG_0085Music runs a range of extra curricular clubs and activities. 

In 2016/17 Music is rehearsing for We will Rock You which will be on in March 2017 and has students from every year group taking part – approximately 140 students in total. 

Music also leads the Christmas Carol Concert every December and peripatetic music lessons are taken by a number of students in school.  The regular “Battle of the Bands” has external judges from the Academy of Contemporary Music and students perform at the end of every year at Prize Giving.

Destinations

Last year 4 students went on to study Music courses post sixth form:  Music Technology, Music and Sound Technology and Creative Music Technologies.

Future Developments

To review all key stages work to further promote students learning of musical vocabulary and practical skills in line with the new GCSE.

To remodel schemes of work at Key Stage 4 for the new GCSE course.

To continue to strengthen ties between the performing arts subjects in enrichment activities.