Music

General Introduction

Music at Stowmarket High School is accessible to all.  All students learn guitar, drums and keyboard in Year 9 in a range of group and class activities which also incorporate singing, music technology and music theory.

Music can be studied at GCSE level with a programme of study to suit all abilities and interests including music technology modules for those students who do not wish to play a traditional instrument.  This GCSE leads directly on to our Music and Music Technology A-levels.

Peripatetic lessons offered by Suffolk County Music Service are available and are subsidised by the school.  Piano lessons are offered outside of the County Music Service.

The department is incredibly well-resourced with two suites of computers, one of which is fully portable.  We have a digital recording studio with a range of microphones for both live and studio recording.  Samba and African drum sets, guitars and practice rooms equipped with keyboards and amps offer students flexibility and choice when learning.

 

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Key Stage 4

Following the Edexcel specification, students undertake composing and performing coursework as well as a written exam based on set areas of study. Students are able to specialise in music technology but would still need to have some knowledge of keyboard skills and music theory in order to access the higher grades available.

Useful Links -

www.8notes.com
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/music/

http://www.musictechmag.co.uk/
http://library.thinkquest.org/15413/history/music-history.htm

 

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