The Music Department, part of our Performing Arts Faculty, state their vision as 'Performing Arts, performing always'.
Through the Music Curriculum at Ridgewood School we use our specialist skills to equip our students with powerful musical knowledge. We encourage them to realise their creative instincts through sound and technology; expand their aspirations through the provision and opportunities from our national and local music community; understand a wide range of musical traditions and concepts throughout history and enrich the soul with the universal language of music so they can access unforgettable experiences. Across all Key Stages students are taught and assessed using a holistic approach, strengthening their connection between listening, performance and composition.
Our Music Curriculum will provide students with:
This takes place in line with our CF cycle and involves a key assessment for each scheme using the STEPS criteria which prepares students for the rigours of GCSE.
All year groups complete a baseline assessment to assess individual starting points and ensure that their musical education is tailored and personalised to the individual.
Useful web links:
Key Stage 4 students follow the new specification AQA GCSE Music syllabus or the NCFE Level 2 Technical Award in Music Technology (601/6774/9).
- Understanding music
- Performing music
- Composing music
Students develop their performing skills through individual tuition with a specialist teacher on their chosen instrument (free of charge) in both a solo and ensemble capacity or via technology.
Students’ composing skills will also be developed through a series of workshop sessions that will provide students with the building blocks to create two successful compositions, one written to a brief and the other a free composition.
Both compositions are assessed on the student’s ability to demonstrate:
- Creative and effective selection and use of musical elements
- Appropriate selection and use of musical elements (to the compositional intention)
- Technical and expressive control in the use of musical elements
Each composition must demonstrate a selection and use of least four types of musical element as follows:
- At least two of rhythm, metre, texture, melody, structure, form
- At least two of harmony, tonality, timbre, dynamics, phrasing, articulation
The students further develop their understanding of these elements through the four areas of study: Western classical tradition 1650-1910, Popular music, Traditional Music and Western classical tradition from 1910.
The course is split into 3 units.
- Performance as an instrumentalist and/or vocalist and/or via technology
The weighting for the course is as follows:
- Composing and Performing coursework (60%)
- Understanding music listening examination (40%)
NCFE Level 2 Technical Award in Music Technology
Useful web links:
Students have access to their own personal Focus on Sound account for access to listening clips, contextual and theoretical understanding: musicfirst.co.uk/app.
Students also have access to the music library 'I like music': broadchart.com.
Drama and Music Autumn Term enrichment:
- Production rehearsals solo — Tuesday from 3.00 -4.00pm
- Production whole cast rehearsal — Wednesday from 3.00 - 5.00pm
- Rock school — Thursday in the Music block 3.00 - 4.00pm
Please get in touch via the enquiry form on our Contact Us page, should you have any questions about our Music Curriculum or to speak directly to our Leader of Music, Miss Claire Walker.