Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Music should engage and inspire people to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
Music is important because it allows people to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians. It allows people to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use music technology appropriately.
Key Stage 3 Music at Carleton High School is delivered through practical based activities. Students are encouraged to work independently, in groups and as a class to develop their practical skills on a range of instruments. At Key Stage 3, we study half termly topics of work covering the elements of music, musical notations, popular music traditions and world music. In each topic of work, students develop their understanding of how music has influenced the world in which we live. Students develop their skills in listening to and evaluating music, compose music and perform as developing musician.
At Key Stage 4, we offer a BTEC First Award in Music. This course allows students to develop an understanding of the music industry and the roles within it. It also allows students to continue to develop their music ability through performance and recording units.
The BTEC course combines externally and internally assessed units of work. Our current Yr10 and Yr11 cohort study four units of work:
Unit 1: The Music Industry (externally assessed). Unit 2: Managing a Music Product (internally assessed and moderated). Unit 5: Introducing Musical Performance (internally assessed and moderated). Unit 6: Introducing Musical Recording (internally assessed and moderated).
Our current Year 9 cohort study three components; Component 1: Exploring Music Products and Styles (internally assessed and moderated). Component 2: Music skills Development (internally assessed and moderated). Component 3: Responding to a Commercial Brief (externally assessed).
The importance of drama and performing arts in education is significant.
Whether students have the opportunity to perform in theatre productions or help out behind the scenes, studying Drama and Performing Arts not only engages with the creative side of the brain, it also provides an ideal balance in students’ patterns of study.
Studying drama requires emotional maturity, and gives students a deep understanding of themselves. Because it involves using not only their voices and bodies, but also emotions and creativity, it is able to prompt a deep sense of selfesteem. It is also a subject that requires a great deal of peer trust, and so it plays an important role in teaching communication, listening and empathy skills. Studying drama and performing arts is demanding, and teaches students that success only comes from hard work.
It’s easy for students to become swamped in a sea of theory, which is why subjects that offer practical learning are essential. Some students find their ‘voice’ while studying the Arts. They may discover they are natural problem solvers or leaders.
The skills that are learnt by studying drama are invaluable in later life. For example, being able to speak and present confidently in front of people, and the skill of planning that is required in any production, are useful in many careers. Students gain important life skills as they learn the value of critical feedback, both positive and constructive. Furthermore Drama can be a good basis for a career not only in the theatre, but in advertising, the film industry and even in events planning, among many others.