Music

Music is taught at Central Academy across all key stages. All students have the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument in their music lessons, which they will play both individually and as part of a small or whole class ensemble.

Students will also learn about music theory and the history of music, which prepares them for study of Key Stages 4 and 5.

There are several concerts throughout the year and also other opportunities to perform. We have a rock band that rehearses after school on a Monday and other groups throughout the week. 

Music lessons in Years 7 and 8 are practical and based around performing, composing and listening to music. Students learn about a variety of styles and genres of music, including blues, reggae, pop and classical, while developing their keyboard, guitar and singing skills and learning how to compose their own music. 

In Key Stage 4 music, most students are working towards gaining a vocational qualification, in which they develop their practical skills, primarily through ensemble performance. Lessons are focused on building on the instrumental skills learned at Key Stage 3 and learning rehearsals techniques. Students will have the opportunity to take part in performances in and outside of school.

Students also learn about a wide variety of styles of music and have the opportunity to choose one of these styles to study in more detail. 

Students also have the opportunity to study for a GCSE in music, which in addition to the performance and composition elements, includes study of a number of set works in detail. 

In Sixth Form students are studying towards an A level in music, following the Edexcel specification. The course includes performance in a chosen instrument, composition in a wider variety of styles and the study of 15 set works.

The set works studied include a diverse selection of pieces taken from instrumental music, vocal music, film music, fusion, pop and new directions. Students are also encouraged to undertake wider listening, in order to support their appreciation of the history of music and to enable them to make links between different works and styles.

Students also develop their understanding of music theory, including harmony and other emphasis. There is also an emphasis on the development of listening skills in order to be able to dictate a melody.

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