Music

Key Stage 3

Through studying music at KS3, pupils are immersed in a variety of styles and genres, and have the opportunity to hone their practical skills. Content is focused on core three strands; performing, composing, and appraising. Sharing a love and appreciation of music, both practically and analytically, is our primary aim.

In Year 7 Pupils will develop a set of fundamental music skills including timing and ensemble work, song writing, reading notation, DAW composition, and performing on keyboards and ukuleles. We aim to develop a love of music through a variety of practical activities, whilst expanding upon depth of musical knowledge through exposure to a range of musical styles.

In Year 8 students will begin to build on knowledge and skills learned in Year 7 by exploring topics such as the Blues, rock ‘n’ roll, film music, reggae, and calypso.

The Year 9 curriculum sees an increase in creative freedom, preparing pupils for the rigour of GCSE study and the challenges that coursework brings. Content continues to develop performing, composing, and listening skills by embarking on topics such as hip hop and rap, musical theatre, theme and variations, and DAW composition.

Instrumental Lessons

The Music Department offers tuition in:

  • Strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass)
  • Woodwind (flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, bassoon)
  • Brass (trumpet, cornet, horn, euphonium, trombone, tuba)
  • Classical, electric and bass guitar
  • Piano and keyboard
  • Drums and orchestral percussion
  • Voice

All lessons are individual and take place in school time, following a rota to minimise the effect on the academic timetable. They are of 20 or 30 minutes duration – the longer lessons being offered to students who are working beyond Grade 3.

For 2017/2018 the cost for tuition is £105.00 per term for 10 x 20 minute lessons and £157.50 per term for 10 x 30 minute lessons. A subsidy applies for students taking GCSE or A Level music courses, and there are exemptions in some other circumstances.

Instruments can be hired from Gloucestershire Music Service for approx £30.00 per term. Currently nearly 10% of the school’s roll is receiving such tuition through the Music Department.

Extra-curricular

We are very proud of the many instrumental and vocal groups that rehearse for various events, from small informal recitals to large concerts. In the course of the academic year music groups that rehearse in the school include:

  • Senior Orchestra
  • Training Orchestra
  • Jazz Band
  • Ukulele Group
  • String Orchestra
  • Wind Band
  • Chamber Choir
  • Full Choir
  • Samba Drumming
  • Various Rock Groups

Our regular programme of events is published on the school’s website. Regular events include:

  • Year 7 Welcome Concert
  • Autumn Concert
  • Carol Service
  • Senior Recital Evening
  • Spring Concert
  • House Music Festival
  • Summer Concert

As well as these events, the Jazz Band and Samba Band are often asked to play at local functions, vocal groups sing to local care home residents (especially at Christmas), and some of the Rock groups that practise in the Music Department put on charity gigs in school and locally. There is even the occasional Battle of the Bands competition.

Every few years the joint orchestras perform a “Last Night of the Proms” Concert, and choristers have occasionally been involved in local performances of choral classics such as Mozart’s Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

The Music Department works regularly with the Drama Department to put on the school’s Productions – “West Side Story”, “Oliver” and “Chicago” are among recent shows put on.

Many students take part in these activities and students learning orchestral instruments at KLB are certainly encouraged to participate where appropriate.

Staff members

Miss D Barratt
Head of Performing Arts

Miss I Archer

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