In music our aim is :
Music education encourages active involvement in different forms of music-making, both individual and communal, helping to develop a sense of group identity and togetherness. Music can influence pupils’ development in and out of school by fostering personal development and maturity, creating a sense of achievement and self-worth, and increasing pupils’ ability to work with others in a group context. Music learning develops pupils’ critical skills: their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of music, and to make judgements about musical quality. It also increases self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.
Students have one 60 minute lesson of music a week and work on each scheme of work for 5 to 7 weeks, depending on the skills they are learning. Students are taught in mixed ability groups with top sets in years 8 and 9.
The school has a huge variety of musical equipment for students to use including class sets of keyboards, xylophones, guitars, glockenspiels and Djembes. We have a music tech suite with a class set of PCs running Cubase (industry standard computer music production software) where students can create compositions to a high standard and even release them or take a copy of their work home.
Students are continually assessed in music and progress is recorded on a student pathway tracker. Every student has their own personal target to achieve and the tracker enables teachers to identify students’ progress and help them to master the necessary skills to stay on their pathway or progress further.
The three main areas of focus in the curriculum are Performance skills, Composition skills and Listening skills that are taught through various schemes of work over KS3.
In year 7 students take part in six schemes of work where they gain a basic understanding of music. Students learn and understand how to read and compose music, they improve their rhythmic skills and look into music from around the world learning how music is linked and influenced by other styles.
Schemes of work year 7:
In year 8 students expand their musical knowledge, skills and ability. Schemes of work build on previous knowledge and progress students understanding of music with relation to time, the place and the culture.
Schemes of work year 8:
In year 9 students use essential skills learnt over the last two years to take part in more independent focused learning projects. Students have the opportunity to personalise their own projects and choose what they want to do within the given context.
Schemes of work in year 9:
As part of the enriched curriculum offered by the Music Department the below activities are just some of the things our students have been involved with :
During music lessons students get to experience mainly practical work, but still have chance to improve and develop their literacy skills. There are many opportunities for this during lessons from reading from a powerpoint to using key words to describe the music. Here are a few more examples:
So the supposed correlation between Mathematics and Music may be a myth! To be good at Music does not necessarily make you amazing at Mathematics or visa versa but it does help when it comes to learning about notation and how to write music. This gives opportunity in music to grow and reaffirm student’s mathematical knowledge.
Here are a couple examples of how we improve students numeracy skills:
Students’ social development is shown by their:
Students’ cultural development is shown by their:
Students also have the opportunity to develop all SMSC and PLTS skills through extra-curricular clubs offered at Ivanhoe College.
Year 8 Students experience a Performing Arts Enrichment Day.
Students have the opportunity to sign up to four different sessions in the morning from
• Street Dance
• Create your own ringtone
• Make your own instrument
• Script Work
All sessions are created to ensure students have a different experience than in usual lessons. They give students a flavour of Performing Arts that they would not otherwise experience in school. In the afternoon students get to see a live signed band perform for them. Students also get to meet the band, ask questions about being in a band and the music industry and receive free goodies too!!
The aim of the day is to inspire students and excite them about performing arts and the opportunities they could experience in the future.
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