Key Stage 3 (Years 7-8)
Students explore performing, composing, listening to and analysis of Music through a variety of styles, genres and traditions. Students study topics such as Performing in an Ensemble, Minimalism, Freedom Songs, the Blues, Film Music, Samba, Popular music and Classical music.
Facilities include a Mac suite (complete with GarageBand, Logic Pro X and Sibelius) and keyboard room, a guitar room, two practice rooms, 2 electric pianos, 2 drum kits, 30 ukuleles, 30 glockenspiels, African drums and various percussion.
Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)
At Key Stage 4 both the BTEC First Award in Music and AQA GCSE Music are currently offered.
The BTEC Music course covers Unit 1 The Music Industry, Unit 2 Planning a Music Product (putting on a concert), Unit 4 Introducing Music Composition, and Unit 5 Introducing Music Performance.
The GCSE Music course covers Unit 1 Listening to and Appraising Music, Unit 2 Composing and Appraising Music, Unit 3 Performing Music and Unit 4 Composing Music.
The music department is open throughout the week for a variety of lunch and after-school clubs, including Choir, Orchestra, Guitar club, Keyboard club, and Music Production club. Additional 30 minute paired instrumental lessons are also available for a small contribution fee of £10 per term on piano, voice, guitar, drums, woodwind, strings and brass instruments. These lessons are offered free to students who opt for BTEC/GCSE Music at Key Stage 4.
Students have the opportunity to perform music in front of their peers, families and the public at concerts, in school plays and at local events in community centres and at festivals. We also maintain links with primary schools through exchange concerts, workshops and visits. Outside companies are often brought in to run workshops and help students advance their skills and we have also hosted concerts by international performers visiting the school.
Please see below for timetable of our music clubs:
In addition to extra-curricular activities, intervention is run through lunchtime and afterschool clubs where students are given help with homework and coursework tasks and may also further their musical skills through rehearsals.
Families and friends can see students performing at various concerts and events throughout the year, some of which are listed below.
- 4-5pm Wednesday 16th December - Winter Concert
- Thursday 14th January - Year 11 BTEC Music Unit 1 Exam
- 2pm Friday 18th March - Forest Voices, performances by FGCS Choir and visiting Year 5 students
- 3.30-4.30pm Tuesday 22nd March - Year 11 BTEC Music Students present their final performances
- 3.30-4.30pm Friday 1st July 2015 – Music on a Summer’s Evening
Students can learn more about music with these websites:
Music Theory Lessons and Exercises: