The Music Department teaches in mixed ability groups.
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
- Mr T. Murray - Head of Music
Key Stage 3 - Years 7,8 and 9Music Milestone Assessment Schedule 2022/23
At KS3 students are taught in mixed ability classes twice a fortnight in our two specially equipped music rooms where they work with the three strands of music – performing, composing and appraising.
As students progress through the school we start to incorporate aspects of Music Technology.
Areas of Study include:
- The Elements of Music
- Indian Music
- Video Game Music
- Programme music
- The Blues
- Film Music
Key Stage 4 (GCSE, Exam board Eduqas) - Years 10 and 11
Music is a popular GCSE subject at The Willink School. Following the Eduqas specification students further develop their musical skills through listening, performance and composition. Students study a broad range of music from Popular Music to Classical Music and Film to Music Theatre which form the basis of the listening exam. Students must also complete 2 compositions, and a solo and ensemble performance as coursework, which make up 60% of the GCSE.
Key Stage 5 (A Level) - Years 12 and 13
Music A level takes a deeper and more analytical look at listening, composing and performing, offering a challenging and stimulating course for developing musicians. Students are empowered to take the lead as we study a variety of set works in depth, develop composition techniques leading to a final composition, and produce a short recital performance on their chosen instrument or voice. We follow the AQA specification.
There are a variety of extra-curricular opportunities within Music at the Willink:
- Training band (instrumentalists up to grade 3)
- Concert band (instrumentalists above grade 3)
- Chamber group (instrumentalists above grade 6)
- Music tech club
Last Updated March 2023