- Ms V Clarke (Head of Performing Arts)
- Mr. N Coke (Teacher of Music)
Music and Bonus Pastor Catholic College provides a highly engaging chance for students to develop their confidence and discover new talents, both individually and as a group. Students explore music from a range of places, time periods, and cultures. The study of music history enriches students’ understanding of different cultures and eras and enables them to understand the roots of today’s popular music in context. Each student will develop essential life skills, such as concentration, exploration, organization, and collaboration.
Music at Key Stage 3:
Lessons are compulsory in Key Stage 3, and pupils receive 2 periods a fortnight, one double lesson, where they are taught a range of composing, performing and evaluating skills. Students are encouraged to develop creativity and collaborative skills through regular group work activities. The topics and stimulus material studied is extremely varied and students are introduced to the history of music from instruments of the Orchestra, to Jazz and The Blues, to Chinese and African music. Students are also introduced to a variety of genres through both practical and theory-based tasks and throughout KS3 pupils will learn how to create and evaluate their own, solo and group, work. All students are encouraged to develop their confidence through performance skills as well as learn how to be analytical through constructive criticism.
For a full list of our topics studied please see the Topic Overview on the right.
Homework is usually set twice a half term and will include written evaluation of work they have carried out in class, consolidation of knowledge, self and peer assessment, research tasks, preparation for the next lesson and assessments as well as focused improvement tasks
Music at Key Stage 4:
Music is an option subject at GCSE where students continue to develop their skills, knowledge, and understanding attained throughout KS3. Within the GCSE course, students are led to develop in confidence by performing in solo and group pieces, compose their own songs using specialist equipment and complete a written listening exam. The topics studied range from Popular Music of the 20th & 21st Centuries; Western Classical and World Music. Performance styles and genres learned at KS3 will be revisited and built upon. All students will be required to learn or continue learning an instrument which includes voice, piano, saxophone, guitar, drum kit, violin, trumpet, and many more. Students will have individual instrumental lessons during school time however, additional practice at home is essential.
More detail can be found out about GCSE on the subpage
Music practical lessons are taught in a fully equipped classroom with a recording studio. GCSE Music students will have access to and the use of industry-standard software such as Logic, Sibelius, and GarageBand. We use the Drama Studio for intimate performance evenings and the main hall for larger performances and whole school productions. Both spaces are equipped with professional lighting and sound equipment. The music classroom is equipped with ICT to provide students with resources to complete research and written tasks.
Enrichment and Extra-Curricular Activities:
The department runs many weekly clubs and ensembles including keyboard, drumming, guitar, brass, and choir. Here students are encouraged to build confidence, as well as develop creativity and group skills. Students are able to develop positive relationships with other students, across the year groups.
Each year we put on a College Production, where we have over 40 students, ranging from Year 7 to Year 11, involved and working together collaboratively. Students can take part and perform in the production as a member of the band.
Our previous productions include:
- February 2016 – Bugsy Malone
- February 2017 – West Side Story
- July 2018 – Our Day Out
- February 2019 - Little Shop of Horrors
As members of Lewisham Music, our students take part in a number of performances and concerts. Lewisham Music provides high-quality music education opportunities for all young people and schools in the London Borough of Lewisham.
Students are also provided with opportunities to audition with industry professionals, both in and out of school and a number of students have been successful.
For more details please email our staff below:
Exam Board: AQA
Tier of Entry: Single
Music GCSE offers students the chance to study a wide range of musical genres, with many opportunities for practical learning. The course brings theory, listening, and composition to life in engaging ways, and links to the world around us and values all music styles, skills, and instruments ensuring that all students are able to express themselves.
Throughout, students will explore their different learning styles and music tastes in order to enhance their personal development and creativity. The course supports progression to further and higher education in music and related subjects and provides all students with a platform to inspire lifelong interest and enjoyment of music. Students will develop their understanding of music as well as explore the roles of a performer and composer.
Course Content and Assessment:
Component 1: Understanding music (40%) – 96 marks
- Study of Popular Music of the 20th & 21st Centuries; Western Classical and World Music.
- Exam paper with listening exercises and written questions using excerpts of music.
- 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Component 2: Performing music (30%) - 72 marks
- One solo performance and one ensemble performance for a minimum of 4 minutes.
- The performance will be with an instrument of the student’s choice.
- Internally assessed and externally moderated.
Component 3: Composing music (30%) – 72 marks
- Composition of two pieces: One to a composition brief and one free choice composition.
- The combined duration of the compositions must be a minimum of three minutes.
- Internally assessed and externally moderated.
Further information can be found on the AQA website:
Written evaluative and reflective homework at KS4 is set once a fortnight during theory lessons in Years 9 and 10. In Year 11, research and revision homework tasks are set in addition to the written evaluations. Homework tasks will also include exam practice questions and on-going documentation of the composition.
Pupils are advised to buy the CGP GCSE Music AQA 9-1 Complete Revision and Practice book (these are available from the department at a cost price of £6).
Please note if you are in receipt of, or have recently been in the receipt, of Free School Meals, these resources will be provided for free.
The Music page on the BBC Bitesize website is also very useful:
The study of GCSE Music develops self-confidence, creativity, and ensemble skills as well as supporting the development of communication and self-discipline. It enables students to continue studying at the post-16 level in a range of courses including A-Level Music, Music Technology, and Performing Arts BTEC.
At the university level, students may study a degree in Music, Musical Theatre, Music and Sound Technology, and many more.
Studying GCSE Music can lead to a variety of careers including:
- Performer – soloist, band, orchestras, backing singer, etc.
- Music Events
- Workshop Facilitator
- Sound Engineer
- Design and Repair – Instruments
- Festival Events
- Music Management
- A&R Manager/Scouts
For more details, please email the Head of Department