Music is arguably one of the most expressive and creative subjects available on the National Curriculum. Therefore allowing pupils as many opportunities as possible to be creative and engage with Music is at the heart of Queen Elizabeth's Music Department. There are a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities for pupils to develop musically, from the Year 7 Ukelele and young singers, Soul and Funk band and Samba drumming, through to the String Orchestra and School Band, as well as much, much more. In addition to this, pupils are encouraged to set up and run groups themselves, allowing personal musical interests to be developed.
The department benefits from a number of well-equipped practice rooms, which are available for pupils to use at lunchtimes and afterschool, as well as a Music Technology room with PC's, supporting software such as Sibelius 7.
In Key Stage 3, the emphasis is on pupil's developing their musical creativity through the core activities of performing, composing, listening and improvising. Music is a practical subject, and as a result, the importance of practical music making is prominent in Key Stage 3 lessons. The majority of the Schemes of Work are influenced by the Musical Futures approach to teaching and learning Music, in which project-based, practical group activities are stressed. However, pupils also have the opportunity to develop their theoretical knowledge, such as learning to understand notated music and using key vocabulary, which will give a grounding for the knowledge needed for Key Stage 4.
For more information on the Musical Futures approach, please visit their website:
At QE, we offer GCSE Music for pupils who wish to continue to study Music beyond Year 8. This course will allow pupils to develop their performance and compositional skills, as well as broadening their musical knowledge through the study of Music History and some set works. Currently, we run the AQA GCSE course, which is split into three core components:
For more information, feel free to download a copy of the AQA GCSE Music specification: