Music

Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Music forms part of an individual’s identity and positive interaction with music can develop pupils’ competence as learners and increase their self-esteem. Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, music helps pupils understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.
Music education encourages active involvement in different forms of music-making, both individual and communal, helping to develop a sense of group identity and togetherness. Music can influence pupils’ development in and out of school by fostering personal development and maturity, creating a sense of achievement and self-worth, and increasing pupils’ ability to work with others in a group context.
Music learning develops pupils’ critical skills: their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of music, and to make judgements about musical quality. It also increases self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.

New National Curriculum 2008

The Music Department at Fairfield aims to give pupils a broad range of musical experiences across both Keystages with a clear focus on the Key Areas of Performing, Listening and Composing.  As Head of Music at the School I am committed to delivering Music not just as a subject but as a vehicle to develop a Pupil’s self-confidence and communication skills.
 Music is a creative subject and therefore lessons are mostly practical and are delivered using a wide range of multimedia resources and live instruments.  The department is well equipped with x 2 large teaching rooms equipped with a wide range of percussion instruments, tuned percussion, keyboards and x 1 ICT suite.   Computers are used to compose music across both Keystages and pupils have access to a wide variety of software (Cubase, Sibelius, Fruity Loops and O-Generator) to create their music.  There is also a school Radio station which pupils can use for cross-curricular Music and Media projects.

Music is studied for 1 hour per week by Pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 and the Topics covered include;

Year 7:
African Music, Music and Mood, Music and Celebration

Year 8:
Chords, Intervals, Structures, Taiko, Scales from other Cultures, Samba Batucada

Year 9:
Musical Devices, Blues Music, Music and Media (Film, T.V, Radio), Samba Afoche, Pop Song

Years 10 and 11
GCSE Music is an Option and pupils study the AQA Specification for a total of  5 hours spread over a two week timetable.

Fairfield has a strong tradition of performance and there are currently x8 Peripetetic Staff who teach a wide variety of instruments.  Current instrumental lessons offered include:

Flute
Clarinet and Sax
Brass
Guitar
Drums
Keyboard
Voice
Violin

 

There are also a large variety of Extra-Curricular Music Activities for pupils to choose from and regular performances are organised for their members.  The standard of Music-Making at Fairfield is extremely high and there is an annual Performing Arts Celebration at ‘The Foundry’ every December as well as ‘Parent’s Concerts’ where pupils can perform for friends and family throughout the year.  Trips are also organised to take pupils to perform in other Countries and in the past, successful visits to China and Venice have taken place.

Current Activities on offer include:

School of Rock
Choir
Computer Composition Club
Samba Band
Wind Band
Wind Ensemble
Taiko Drumming Group

I take this opportunity to say that I am very proud of the Musical achievements of all pupils at Fairfield and there are a vast number of opportunities for pupils at the school in this area.  Music definitely fits in with the school’s mission statement ‘Enjoy Learning’ and the School’s Specialism in the Performing Arts really has helped to improve facilities so that music is made accessible to every pupil in an interesting and engaging way.

Miss S Butterworth
Teacher I/C Music


 
 


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