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The music curriculum at LGGS aims to help every girl fulfil her musical potential, irrespective of prior experience. From simply learning to sing in tune to preparing for a career in music (through GCSE and A-level music), the department aims to tap into the musical creativity of every child.

Care
In music, care is at the very centre of everything we do. There is a vast range of musical ability and experiences when pupils arrive at the beginning of Year 7 and our focus is on ensuring that this range is fully catered for. This takes a tremendous amount of nurturing and understanding of the needs of individuals. Music is a very personal experience and we have to be fully respectful of the different cultural, social and religious backgrounds and experiences of our students. Some come from a traditional, classical music background and have received private tuition, some have their roots in religious music or the traditional music of a different country. Others have had very little access to music apart from listening to it on the radio, internet etc. Our role is to ensure that there are multiple routes to accessing the curriculum. The curriculum itself has a huge emphasis on performance – especially singing, which has an extremely positive impact on well-being and mental health. Our extra-curricular programme is absolutely vital to our provision of care. As well as offering opportunities to develop technical and ensemble skills, our rich programme of musical activities develops social skill, confidence, encourages integration of different backgrounds and cultures and offers opportunities for leadership. We have a thriving culture of the more experienced musicians leading the younger ones in all our activities. This emphasis on empowerment is particularly prevalent in the Performing Arts and Music Festivals as well as student-led ensembles such as Training Band. Our music tours and visits offer the chance for our students to experience performing in different countries and experience different cultures. We are very proud of the age range which we offer these experiences to and provision of care is at the very core of all our visits. For us tours are about more than just ‘music’, many of our students develop new friendship groups, discover new things about themselves and experience being away from their families within the safety net of a community of similar-minded people.

Contribute
Our students are encouraged to contribute positively to all aspects of our music provision. This varies from student to student, but the emphasis is on enabling all students, irrespective of prior experience to be able to access music in a positive way. Contribution comes in many forms. We only have one hour a week with the KS3 students so it is essential that all students actively engage in all aspects of the course, be it both of on individual tasks and the numerous pieces of group work that are incorporated into the curriculum. This means not just completing written work but contributing positively to class singing, discussions and peer assessment. The thriving extra-curricular provision operating in music means that there is a range of ensembles catering for a wide range of abilities – all the way from junior choir to a full symphony orchestra. All students have full access to these and have the opportunity to take part in concerts, events, musicals and tours. Whole school events such as the Performing Arts and Music Festivals allow for our older students to contribute in the role of leaders.

Challenge
In Music, we think very carefully about how to provide challenges, and opportunities for progress, across a huge range of abilities and confidence levels. Differentiation of class work is central to our planning, in order to ensure that the level of challenge set is appropriate for each individual. Sometimes this means providing a range of tools that allow our pupils to take the first step in accessing a task, and equally often giving more confident or able pupils a platform to extend a challenge beyond the expected level. Regardless of background or ability, all pupils are challenged to recognise and reach their musical potential. We aim to scaffold pupils in their ability to set their own goals and challenge themselves. Problem-solving and resilience are embedded in this practice. Performing is central to our curriculum; our pupils manage pressure and learn to take creative risks, challenging themselves technically, emotionally and socially in order to succeed as performers – in the classroom, on the concert stage and beyond. As composition is at the core of classwork across all key stages, pupils are challenged to find their creative voice and given support and guidance in linking this to key aspects of the curriculum. In our extra-curricular provision, we ensure that there is a range of activities on offer to meet all standards, from beginner to advanced, and encourage pupils to take part in groups where they may be technically stretched, develop new ensemble skills or begin to emerge as leaders and soloists.

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 Peripatetic Music Lessons: Watch the following videos
  Brass Band Instrument - Mr Adrian Boardman  Harp - Annakate Pearson
 Cello and Bass - Penny Holt Piano, Keyboard, Recorder and Basoon - Fredrik Holm
 Clarinet and Saxaphone - John Woodhouse Singing - Georgina Rosanna Murray
 Drums - Andy Smith  

 

GCSE Exam Board: EdExcel Music:Specification 1MU0

If you require any further details, please contact:
Mr Paul Swannell, Head of Performing Arts / Music.

Documents

Page Downloads Date  
Music Year 7 Overview 21st Sep 2018 Download
Music Year 8 Overview 21st Sep 2018 Download
Music Year 9 Overview 21st Sep 2018 Download
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