“The Music Department at Moreton aims to engage and inspire all students, regardless of background or SEN to develop a love of music by giving them the opportunity to participate in music making. At KS3, we are determined to support, encourage and challenge students to perform, listen to, create, and evaluate music across a range of genres, styles and traditions through live performance and use of music technology. Our aim is to give every student the opportunity to learn an instrument and develop skills playing on their own and with others. Students will be taught to read basic notation in a variety of forms that will enable them to increase their talent as musicians and prepare them for continuing with music beyond KS3.
At KS4 we aim to build on their prior knowledge and skills through performing, composing and listening. Students will develop their fluency, accuracy and expressiveness within their performance work and will be able to use music technology appropriately to compose. In listening work, pupils will be encouraged to listen with increasing discrimination and express their understanding of the musical elements.
Music education continues past the classroom, and through extra-curricular activities, such as choir, rock band, technology club and independent practice. Through these opportunities, students develop a range of skills such as self-confidence, creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, communication, leadership, resilience, self-discipline and cultural awareness including key British values. Music offers lifelong transferable skills that pupils will be able to maintain and carry forward into adulthood and the performing arts industry or embed holistically into future careers.” – Moreton’s Music Department.
The creative and vibrant department has a hands-on approach towards teaching music to every student and all lessons are driven towards being musical at all times within an environment that will engage and motivate students. We have a vast array of facilities in the music department that include:
Two well equipped practise rooms
A live Music room
An iMac computer suite equipped with industry music software
Mr Parsons, the Head of Music runs the department along with Mr Mascord and a team of skilled peripatetic teachers, Mr Pinfield and Mrs Phillips who provide lessons on a range of instruments.
In Key Stage three, all students have the opportunity to study music and attend extra-curricular classes. At year 9, students have the option to explore music further and a more in depth- level which will equip them for studying Music at Level 2.
BTEC Music consists of three components; Musical appreciation and theory, Composition and Musical Performance. These skills are practised within music lessons and also on a one to one basis with an instructor during instrumental lessons throughout the term. Students are well prepared for the syllabus by learning musically in KS3 lessons and focusing on developing these skills at an earlier age. Pupils will learn how to analyse music and compose on a regular basis, learn how to read music notation and perform on a chosen instrument within the department.
During music lessons we promote speaking and listening skills with the students which will help to develop their reflection upon work and to peer assess. Teamwork and communication skills are vital for individuals, here in the music department they are encouraged at all times.
Head of Music
Mr Parsons is Head of Music at Moreton School