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The music department at Carre’s comprises of a main teaching classroom and four practice rooms, with the addition of two rooms for the storage of instruments. The Big School Hall which separates the classroom and the practice rooms is sometimes timetabled for use in practical lessons.
Peripatetic Instrumental Tutors
The department is resourced with a range of equipment, from pianos that can be found in the teaching room, practice rooms and the grand piano in the Main School Hall, to a number of classical, popular and world music instruments that play an important role in many of the students’ lessons.
Desktop computers that are equipped with both MIDI keyboards and a site licence of Sibelius 5 (soon to be upgraded to Sibelius 6) can be found in the main teaching room. The department also holds digital recording equipment and an electric audio system that is regularly used to capture the work of students and improve on appraisal skills. The use of technology is very helpful in the development of a range of musical skills including composing, performing, listening and aural perception.
In Year 7, Units of Work include The Elements of Music, Group Composition, Chinese Music and the Reading of Music; the year is then finished off with a performance to parents incorporating work carried out in Music, Art and Drama lessons. Year 8 students look at a number of Composition Skills, Group Performances and lessons that include the development of Keyboard Skills. The composition aspect is carried on and developed in Year 9 with Units of Works, such as: Indian Music, Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Samba.
The department follow the GCSE Edexcel 2MU01.
In Year 10, students continue to learn more about musical theory alongside other Units of Work include Western Classical Music (1600-1899), Music in the 20th Century, Popular Music in Context and World Music. In Year 11, Composition Coursework is completed and time is also spent on Orchestral Landmarks, the Integrated Assignment and preparation for their final written exam.
The department is offering the Edexcel GCE Music specification (8MU01) from September 2008 as part of the Sleaford Joint Sixth Form consortium. The Year 12 AS course comprises of three sections: Unit 1: Performing (30% AS, 15% of total A2 grade) which requires a 5-6 minute performance as either a solo or ensemble, Unit 2: Composing (30% AS, 15% of total A2 grade) which entails a three minute composition in response to a chosen brief. Unit 3: Developing Music Understanding (40% AS, 20% of total A2 grade) develops the use and application of a variety of musical skills, including Listening, Investigating Musical Styles plus Understanding Chords and Lines, and is assessed through a 2 hour exam. In Year 13 (A2 Level), the students undertake another three units: Unit 4: Extended Performance (30% A2, 15% total grade), where there is a requirement of a 12-15 performance, Unit 5: Composition and Technical Study (30% A2, 15% total grade) and Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding (40% A2, 20% total grade), which is assessed through an exam of 2 hours.
You can study Music with a large range of other subjects at GCSE and in the Sixth Form. You can then go on to one of the over 100 universities and other institutes of Higher Education, including the Royal Colleges of Music and Conservatoires, offering a varying number of degrees that incorporate Music. Studying Music can also lead onto a number of differing career opportunities including that of professional performance, music industry related employment, song writing and teaching.