Music

Head of Department: Matt Keil

Members of Department:

  • Jo Paradise    
  • Lloyd Perry                                                                                              

Music Department Manager:

  • Nick Robinson

 

MUSIC AT MORPETH

MUSIC AT MORPETH

Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act.

Music forms part of an individual’s identity and positive interaction with music can develop pupils’ competence as learners and increase their self-esteem.

Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development.

As an integral part of culture, past and present, music helps pupils understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.

FOR MORE ABOUT MUSIC AT MORPETH VISIT THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT WEBSITE

 

KEY STAGE 3

All Year 7 and Year 8 students will learn 2 instruments in their curriculum music lessons. Each student will learn a Rock and Pop Instrument (Keys, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals) and a classical/jazz instrument (Trombone, Flute, Violin and Trumpet).

Pupils will build on any previous knowledge and skills through performing, composing and listening.

They will be taught to develop their vocal and/or instrumental fluency, accuracy and expressiveness; and understand musical structures, styles, genres and traditions, identifying the expressive use of musical dimensions.

They will learn to listen with increasing discrimination and awareness to inform their practice as musicians.

They will be taught to use technologies appropriately and appreciate and understand a wide range of musical contexts and styles.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • play and perform confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts using their voice, playing instruments musically, fluently and with accuracy and expression
  • improvise and compose; and extend and develop musical ideas by drawing on a range of musical structures, styles, genres and traditions
  • use staff and other relevant notations appropriately and accurately in a range of musical styles, genres and traditions
  • identify and use the inter-related dimensions of music expressively and with increasing sophistication, including use of tonalities, different types of scales and other musical devices
  • listen with increasing discrimination to a wide range of music from great composers and musicians
  • develop a deepening understanding of the music that they perform and to which they listen, and its history.

KEY STAGE 4

The following options are available depending on class sizes.

OCR GCSE Music   

The specification requires candidates to develop their ability in performing/realising and composing, and to develop their listening and appraising skills. 

The specification contains four Areas of Study, which define the subject content, through which candidates develop their knowledge and understanding of: 

The use of musical elements, devices, tonalities and structures 

The use of resources, conventions, processes, music technology and relevant notations, including staff notation 

The contextual influences that affect the way music is created, performed and heard including the effect of different intentions, uses, venues, occasions, available resources and the cultural environment 

RSL Music Technology - Level 2 Music Technology Course

This level 2 Certificate in Performance is a 20 credit qualification (equivalent to a GCSE) and offers an introduction to Performance and related subjects.

The aim of this course is to develop skills in music technology and the recording process develop technical skills using music technology enable learners to perform using music technology develop existing ICT, communication, project management, time management and team skills.

RSL Rock Factory – Level 2 Music Performance Course

This level 2 Certificate in Performance is a 20 credit qualification (equivalent to a GCSE) and offers an introduction to Performance and related subjects.

Core Unit:  Live Music Performance – this consists of a 15 minute performance with a band.  Students can play or sing an instrument of their choice and the music can be in any genre or style.

Other units could include:  Listening to Music, Music Rehearsal Skills and Instrumental Study.  The course will utilize on line methods to support student progress and monitor controlled assessments.

KEY STAGE 5

AS/A-LEVEL MUSIC

From the soundtracks to Netflix TV series and the latest computer games, to the intricacies of Haydn and Mozart and the excitement and passion of popular music acts and heavy metal bands, music has never been more relevant.

In As/A-Level Music, you will develop skills and gain confidence in performing in a wide range of musical styles and develop musical parts and materials using a variety of different resources including recordings and notations. You will develop specific skills of individual and band rehearsing, arranging and preparing for performances as well as how to perform effectively to an audience. You will develop listening skills and the ability to recognise, interpret and comment on musical elements such as pitch, rhythm, chord types and progressions, harmony and tonality. You will also discover the role of the composer, writing music in many different styles and for different purposes.

HOW IS THE COURSE STRUCTURED?

As/A-Level Music covers History/Analysis, Composition and Performance. For the history/analysis section of the course, you will study the instrumental music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, Blues, Jazz, Swing and Big Band music and Innovations in Music from 1900 to present day. For composition, you will create two pieces of music with a combined duration of 8 minutes, one of which is set to a brief of your own choice. For performance, you will perform at least 3 pieces with a minimum combined duration of 10 minutes, which allow you to make decisions about genre/style.

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?

The listening paper (history/analysis) counts for 40% of the course. Performance is 35% and composition is 25%. Some performance and composition briefs are set by the exam board and some allow you to choose your own path. 

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

You will need to have achieved a B grade (or a 5) at GCSE Music, or a distinction at BTEC/RSL Level 2. 

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES WILL BE ON OFFER TO ME IF I CHOOSE THE COURSE?

In addition to your musical studies at Morpeth, you will be offered a wide range of extra-curricular and performance opportunities such as playing with the Morpeth Big Band, Drum Works and the Morpeth Orchestra. You will also be entitled to receive free instrumental tuition on up to two instruments as well as one-to-one theory lessons. You can also be entered for graded exams if you choose.

Morpeth Music Department ensembles have performed to audiences of thousands in the UK, New York, Madrid, South Africa and the Hague.  

The department has strong links with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, the Barbican, Guildhall, Serious, Taylor Guitars, Höfner and Digital Village.

Through these wonderful links, you will have the opportunity to find out more about music careers from industry professionals and take part in fantastic workshops and performance events. 

WHERE DO I GO NEXT?

The high-quality teaching and learning plus our fantastic facilities will equip you with the right skills to study music at degree level. The As/A-Level music course will also enable you to visit University Music departments to support you in making the right decision for your future.  

KEY STAGE 5 MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

A LEVEL MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 

Music technology plays a key role in music across the world. Whether or not you play a traditional instrument, you will be encouraged to explore your musicality and create original materials using technology.

Music technology, like other forms of technology, advances rapidly. You will be able to embrace recent developments in the field.

Music Technology involves much practical work and encourages the cultivation of a wide range of skills. You will have opportunities to: sequence MIDI, sequence audio, record live instruments, produce CDs, compose using music technology. You will have opportunities to build understanding of the technical processes and principles that underpin effective use of music technology, and comment on it in writing.

HOW IS THE COURSE STRUCTURED?

You will learn and use a variety of music and music technology skills in order to complete this unit. MIDI sequencing and multi-track recording as well as arranging skills are all key components assessed through the practical work carried out.

You must complete three tasks, which together make the Music Technology A Level

Portfolio 1:

Task 1A: Sequenced Realised Performance

Task 1B: Multi-track Recording

Task 1C: Creative Sequenced Arrangement

You will also submit a logbook that will provide information on the resources used in each task as well as assessed questions on the creative sequenced arrangement.

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?

You will be assessed on your audio CD, which will contain three tracks of work as specified in the three tasks above and your logbook. The logbook will detail equipment used and be used to answer two assessed questions on your creative sequenced arrangement. 

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

General entry requirements and the following facilitating subjects at grade B or above: GCSE Music or an equivalent musical qualification. If you have not taken GCSE Music but have extensive experience in this subject, this will be accepted as an alternative.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES WILL BE ON OFFER TO ME IF I CHOOSE THE COURSE?

All students have the opportunity to take part in free weekly instrumental tuition, join one of the many instrumental ensembles and perform on a regular basis at Morpeth and in other prestigious venues.  

In the past few years students have visited various recording studios, taken part in a music production project with BFI, Portman Gallery Sound Installation Project and have unlimited use of state of the art recording facilities at Morpeth.  

A new link with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama is currently being established, which will focus on a Creative Hub across various arts disciplines linking to courses at Degree Level.

WHERE DO I GO NEXT?

There are many important opportunities in higher education, and many career possibilities for those proficient in handling music technology. GCE in Music Technology has been widely accepted by higher education. Music technology careers could include work as a: Sound Engineer, Record Producer or Teacher.