Name of Head of Department
Ms S Mitchell, BA (Hons), QTS
Introduction to the department
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. At DHSG we endeavour to engage and inspire students to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As students progress, they develop a critical engagement with music allowing them to perform, compose and to listen with discrimination.
The department is committed to exploring a range of different musical styles, genres and traditions with students in Key Stage 3 which provides a firm foundation for the Edexcel GCSE course.
Key stage 3 (Year 7 and 8)
During Key Stage 3 Music students develop their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of music and explore the fundamentals of music through performance, composition and listening. In Year 7 students look at basic music theory and explore various musical elements and genres through a topic based curriculum. Topics include singing, development of keyboard skills, samba, musical structures, improvising skills, canon and blues.
In Year 8 students consider the impact of music on other mediums including musical theatre and film music. They have a go at song writing and further develop their keyboard skills. Towards the end of Year 8 those who have opted to take Music at GCSE also have an opportunity to develop the specific performing and composing skills required for the GCSE course.
Key stage 4 (Year 9, 10 and 11)
The Music department follows the Edexcel GCSE syllabus which is divided into three main sections: Performance, Composition and Listening & Appraising. The students explore a range of pieces from Beethoven to John Williams and look at the various musical devices within them. Students have to undertake two performances; one as a soloist and one as a member of an ensemble. Students also develop their composition skills by composing two pieces in differing styles.
The Music department offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities through the week which includes orchestra, choirs and small ensemble groups. We are always open to exploring new groups which can be led by students.