The Music Department’s Vision

We believe in the value of Music as the voice of the human soul.  Music educates, communicates and inspires us to know more about ourselves, each other and our place in creation.

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In Music, we aim to help develop and nurture the gifts and talents of all pupils to the full through a wide variety of activities and topics.  We aim to give pupils opportunities to learn various skills on a variety of instruments through interactive, enjoyable and practical lessons. Music at St Cecilia’s is fun, creative, and enjoyable.

The Music Department Staff 

Mrs H Hall (Assistant Head Teacher & Head of Department), Mr G Hall (KS3), and Miss L Clarkson (KS3)

At St Cecilia’s we aim to:

  • Create a musical community that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity.
  • Expand the understanding and impact of music through enjoyable, fun and exciting topics, and through student performance, composition, and research.
  • To foster appreciation for music and participation in musical activities in and outside the classroom
  • To enrich and engage the broader community through liturgy and musical performances, for example the Battle of the Bands competition and the summer concert.

Music at St Cecilia’s High School

Music is taught at KS3 to every pupil and is an option at KS4.

Our aim is to enrich pupils’ appreciation of all different styles of music and to offer them the chance to compose and perform music related to a particular genre.

All pupils are offered instrumental lessons with our highly qualified and experienced teachers.

Lessons include:

  • Singing
  • Piano and Keyboard
  • Drums and Percussion
  • Electric, Acoustic and Bass Guitar
  • Woodwind
  • Strings

We have a very busy extra curricular timetable with many different ensembles performing all year round in school concerts and within the community.

 Performances include:

  • Year 7 Welcome Mass
  • Harvest Festival Community Concert
  • Advent Service
  • Easter Services in and outside of school
  • Battle of the Bands Competition
  • The Summer Concert 

Extra-Curricular Activities include:

  • The School Orchestra
  • The School Choir
  • Staff Choir
  • Rock Group
  • Mass Group

All pupils use Sibelius software to help them compose and are taught keyboard and singing skills.

Pupils have the opportunity to use the department’s facilities at break times, lunchtimes and after school to further their musical appreciation.

At Key Stage 3 we use Lancashire Music Service for ‘Musical Futures’ a scheme that allows pupils to perform on a variety of modern instruments with the tuition from a professional musician.

Music 5 Year curriculum 2017 onwards

Autumn Spring Summer
7 week 7 week 6 week 7 week 5 week 7 week
Year 7 Topic Elements of Music including orchestra, pitch, rhythm, keyboard layout Sharps and Flats/Beethoven Musical Form/Film Music  Musical Form Elvis Presley Popular Music
Musical Skill Focus Keyboard melody playing, singing, reading basic notation Performing skills, theory, pitch work, research work on Classical period and Beethoven Composition, performing, SMSC, research skills, listening and appraising Composition of AABA piece of Music, SMSC, listening and appraising Performing, research, computing, speaking and listening Basic popular form, composing, listening and appraising, guitar and drum skills
Assessment Oranges and lemons, theory tests Fir Elise, project Beethoven Texas Smith Composition, Changing Places and composition Love me Tender, project and speech Lazy song, Yellow, etc

Guitar chords and basic drumming

Year 8 Topic Rhythm African Music Blues Music Intervals Electronic Music  Popular Music
Musical skill Focus Composition, performing, SMSC

Discussion and debate

British Values

Catholic Ethos, ensemble skills

SMSC

Discussion and debate

British Values

Catholic Ethos

Performing, theory work Research Moby, electronic features, presentation skills, speaking and listening Popular form, guitar skills, listening and appraising, ensemble skills
Assessment What Shall we do, rhythm grid, theory tests Polyrhythm composition on djembes, project based work 12 Bar Blues keyboard Chopsticks performance Performance of chord sequence Moby, project and presentation Yellow, lazy song, drum and guitar performance
Year 9 Topic Variation Form Ground Bass Music in the 1950’s Music in the 1950’s/guitar and drum Reggae Music Gospel Music
Musical skill Focus Composition, Sibelius, listening and appraising Composition, Sibelius, listening and appraising, SMSC , ensemble and solo skills Composition, Sibelius, listening and appraising, SMSC, British Values, performing and ensemble, presentation skills Composition, Sibelius, listening and appraising, SMSC, British Values, performing and ensemble, presentation skills Composition, Sibelius, listening and appraising, SMSC, British Values Composition, Sibelius, listening and appraising, SMSC, British Values
Assessment Frere Jacque composition Pachelbel’s Canon performance Rock around the clock, Rock and roll keyboard piece, research famous

Bands and singers

Guitar and drum skills as part of a group Can’t help falling in love Noyana, research project
Year 10 Topic Area 1 Baroque and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto Area 1 Beethoven’s Pathetique Area 2 Purcell Music for a While Area 2 Killer Queen Area 3 Defying Gravity Area 3 Star Wars
Content

Skills

Instrumental Music

Listening and appraising, key words, performing

Instrumental Music

Listening and appraising, key words, performing and composing

Vocal Music

Listening and appraising, key words, performing, composing

Vocal Music

Listening and appraising, key words, performing

Music for film and stage

Listening and appraising, key words, performing

Music for film and stage

Listening and appraising, key words, performing

Assessment Theory tests, performance solo 1 Theory tests, performance solo, composition 1 Theory tests, performance solo, composition 1 ensemble 1 Theory tests, performance solo, composition 1 ensemble 1 Theory tests, performance solo, composition 1 solo 2 Theory tests, performance solo, composition 1 solo 2
Year 11 Topic Area 4 Afro Celt Sound System Area 4 Esperanza Spalding: Samba Em Preludio Area 1 and GCSE actual practical performances Area 2-Deadline for composition 1 and 2 Area 3 Area 4
Content

Skills

World Music, SMSC, listening and appraising, performing World Music, SMSC, listening and appraising, performing Revision Revision Revision Revision
Assessment Theory tests, composition 2 set piece Theory tests, composition 2 set piece Past papers comp 2 Revision comps 2 Revision past papers Revision Past papers
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