Music

The Music Departments believes that each pupil has an entitlement to a high quality Music education and that this can be achieved through the provision of a broad and balanced Music curriculum.  Our vision is to “raise standards so that each individual fulfils their potential.”  We have a thriving Peripatetic team and many of our students study Drums, Violin, Woodwind, Piano, Brass, and Guitar. The department holds regular concerts and perform at a variety of events outside of the school. We also have a weekly visiting drum group that perform around the country including the BBC 10 pieces.

We are passionate about all our pupils experiencing the benefits of taking part in music activities and encourage all to take part. The whole of year 7 perform at our in school concerts, singing. We also work closely with the Barbican to offer workshops to our pupils. Our ensembles range from wind band, choir, drum group, jazz band and pupil lead bands.

Quality of Teaching

The quality of Music teaching will always remain one of the major priorities and focus of the department.  We believe that teaching will be good if appropriate opportunities are offered and a range of approaches managed and differentiated.  At all levels the range of teaching approaches expected will include practical work, consolidation and practice, collaborative and individual work.  A sequence of carefully planned Music activities must be developed by teachers to ensure that basic skills are developed and used to the highest level of which each pupil is capable.

Resources

Each classroom is fully equipped with facilities including a computer, projector, and screen.  There is also a fully equipped classroom of 27 keyboards, a set of Djembe Drums, and an electric piano and other instruments at your disposal.

In addition we have 4 fully equipped practise rooms; which are used for Peripatetic lessons and class time when available.

Music Curriculum & Results

  • ​​General - The Music curriculum is based upon the department’s scheme of work which ensures that pupils.  They ensure differentiation between levels and steady progress through the levels by all pupils.  All pupils at Key Stage 3 are taught Music for a single 60-minute lessons each week.  GCSE students are taught Music for two 60-minute lessons each week.
  • Key Stage 3 -The scheme of work at Key Stage 3 is objective driven and based on a framework.  All units are assessed and the marks recorded each term.  Homework is set on a regular basis to all pupils. 
  • Key Stage 4 - The department at Key Stage 4 follows the OCR modular syllabus at GCSE.  A scheme of work has been developed and implemented. 

Examination results over previous years:

Year GCSE Pass Rate (A*-C)
2013 69.2
2014 72.5
2015 74.5

Parents and pupils can access their work and find out information for instrument lessons and other useful things at: https://ecsmusicdepartment.wordpress.com/

Tracks created by our pupils as part of the urban project, which ran for 5 weeks

https://soundcloud.com/urbanartistschool/sets/eastbury