Music

Welcome

As a staff we aim to provide a high quality musical experience both in and out of the curriculum.  Our schemes of work offer a wide range of different music from African, Indian, pop, rock, folk and classical.  The department pays particular attention to the needs of all students.  It provides challenge for instrumentalists to achieve as high a performance standard as possible, particularly through the ABRSM examination system and our team of peripatetic musicians who work hard to deliver a personalised programme.  All students are encouraged to learn an instrument and take part in the many activities on offer.

Staffing

Mrs Keeler: Curriculum Leader
Mrs Stapley: Teacher

Mrs Rimmington - Singing
Mr Cavell - Woodwind/Theory
Mrs Dennis - Upper Strings
Mrs Roulson - Lower Strings
Mr Randall - Brass
Miss Russell/Mr Lunn - Percussion
Mrs Ess - Keyboard
Mr Hobson – Guitar 

We are a brilliantly resourced department with two main teaching rooms and a smaller 6th form teaching area, an industry standard Pro-Tools recording studio and 8 practice rooms. The department uses 59 iMacs split between the 3 teaching rooms and 1 in each of the practice rooms. We also have four drum kits, samba band kit, steel pans, belleplates, African djembes and a full range of classroom percussion instruments.

The department has a "real buzz" to it both within lessons and in the many and varied extra-curricular activities. Students choose to spend much of their free time either taking part in one of the ensembles or simply coming to use the computers or team up with other students to form musical groups and bands. Our aim is to enable students to experience a wide range of music and to learn how to compose, perform and evaluate it.                        

Curriculum

Years 7 and 8 undertake projects in line with the standard Key Stage 3 QCA curriculum.

Years 9, 10 and 11 may take either the BTEC Level 2 Award or OCR GCSE Music.

Students in the Sixth Form can then follow on with OCR AS/A2 Music, BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in either composing or performing, BTEC Level 3 Diploma or BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma.

All music students this year have gained places at their first choice university. 


Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

The Vale is a centre for these exams and students are able to take both practical and theory exams three times a year for each. 

Extra-Curricular Activities

The Vale is proud of its many and varied extra-curricular activities and the large numbers of students that participate in them. They include senior and junior brass ensemble, woodwind ensemble, string ensemble, jazz band, samba band, choir, lads' vocal group, senior and junior taiko drumming teams, African djembe group and various rock bands from different years. 

Success Stories

The Music Department is proud of its many and varied successes over the last two years. The ensembles have both grown in number and quality and we have enjoyed real successes in both the North Lincolnshire Music and Scunthorpe Music Festivals. 

We have enjoyed 100% pass rate in both the theory and practical ABRSM examinations. The ensembles have also contributed significantly to our community work by providing music for such occasions as the North Lincs Champions Award Evening, workshops and concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Christmas events, WI workshops and concerts for local primary schools and scout and brownie groups. 

We have established excellent links with Garforth Academy in Leeds, taking part in projects run by both Phoenix Dance Company and Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers.

The department is also extremely proud of its links with the army bands, particularly the Minden Band who have hosted workshops and joint concerts with our more able musicians. We have also completed several successful music tours, most recently to Germany, which allow our students to perform in concerts abroad and enjoy some sightseeing.  

Forthcoming Events

Macmillan Coffee MorningFriday 25 September 2015
Open EveningThursday 1 October 2015
Christmas Concerts

Thursday 10 December 2015
Friday 11 December 2015

ABRSM Practical ExaminationsMonday 14 December 2015 (TBC)
North Lincolnshire Music FestivalMonday 29 February 2016 - Thursday 3 March 2016
North Lincolnshire Music Festival ConcertSaturday 12 March 2016

 

More dates to follow