King James' School

Music

Head of Department: Mr M Barker

Music is part of the Expressive Arts Faculty (Art, Music & Drama). This Faculty aims to develop realistic and workable links between each area whilst maintaining the strengths of these discrete subjects. There is opportunity to join with Art and Drama in ventures such as Arts Festivals like ‘Arts on a Summer’s Evening’, joint residential trips, combined Arts projects undertaken by the Expressive Arts Club, or in musicals of which the most recent was “West Side Story” in February 2014 and a ‘Musicals Showcase’ in 2015.

The Music Department offers a tremendous variety of musical experiences, both inside the classroom and through an extensive extra-curricular programme. ”Music For All” is our catchphrase and students are encouraged to develop their performing skills on an instrument taught by one of our thirteen peripatetic staff, join in one of the junior ensembles, or sing in one of the choirs. During the first three years all students undertake a course that is based upon National Curriculum guidelines with work being topic-centred. Students learn about composing and appraising through listening and performing as well as music technology. In Years 10 and 11 students can opt to study the subject to GCSE with Sixth Form courses offered at AS and A Level in Music.

A wide range of instruments is available for class work including twenty Apple Mac computers, using Garageband and Logic Studio and numerous keyboards. There are opportunities for formal and informal concerts, workshops and trips and we are often asked to provide music for charity and social events. Our reputation for quality music-making is known county-wide. Senior musicians are invited to participate in a European tour (four tours since 2000) and exam candidates benefit from weekend courses. Further details of extra-curricular activities are available to all students at the start of the year.

Music is part of the Expressive Arts faculty at King James’s, along with Art and Drama. The faculty aims to develop realistic and workable links between each area, while maintaining the strengths of the discrete subjects. There is opportunity to join with Art and Drama in ventures such as arts festivals, joint residential trips, combined arts projects, expressive arts and musical productions. The faculty offers an Expressive Arts GCSE as a twilight option and we hold the Artsmark Silver Award.

Read about extra-curricular music at King James’s.

Staff
Teaching Staff:

Mr M Barker
Mrs S Jackson
Mr A Laird