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The music curriculum at Flegg is designed to allow all pupils regardless of previous musical ability to thrive and develop.

 

Throughout both Key Stages the skills of listening, composing and performing are integrated into every topic to allow pupils to become well-rounded musicians with a diverse range of skills.  We acknowledge the importance of music theory but we endeavour to teach this vital aspect of music education through practical tasks that allow the pupils to apply their knowledge to music from a variety of genres.

 

We have three Key Stage 4 groups across years 9 to 11 and we have introduced RSL Music Practitioner level 2 to run alongside our GCSE course.  We have run hugely successful composing competitions, enterprise activities, intervention projects and summer schools all planned to enhance the curriculum provision.  Regular concerts showcase a range of musical styles and contain performances from all our extra-curricular groups as well as performances and compositions learnt in the classroom.

 

The focus of our extra-curricular provision is to provide pupils with experiences that they are unable to find locally. This includes regular opportunities to perform as well as workshops musicians from different genres and cultures.  We have established links with rock bands, performers and composers whose visits provide pupils with the opportunity to experience what it is like to have a career in the music.  The music department is also strongly committed to making regular visits to arts venues both in Norfolk and nationally.  Technology is playing an increasingly large part in the lives of our pupils and we are furthering their engagement in the music at Flegg by reflecting this trend in providing exciting learning experiences both in the classroom and beyond.

We have instrumental scholarships available for two pupils in each year group who show exceptional potential in music.   Successful pupils have a commitment to music that means they are committed to achieving the very best they can on their chosen instrument.  In return for their hard work scholars are given free instrumental lessons and a range of opportunities to perform throughout the year.

 

Meet our department

 

We became a Musical Futures Champion school in 2009 and this enabled the music department to become involved in a national network of teachers and music educators who were committed to raising the standard of the pupil’s musical experience in the secondary classroom.

 

Fiona Sexton – subject leader.  Fiona completed a BA hons in music at Exeter University before training to be a teacher at University of East Anglia.  In 2014 Fiona Graduated from Cambridge University having completed a MEd in music education.

Fiona plays the violin and viola and she is a member of the Norwich Pops Orchestra and the Norwich Philharmonic.  She also performs in theatre productions and can often be seen playing in string quartets for wedding and other functions.  Fiona sings regularly with a number of local choirs.

Lloyd Jones – teacher of music.

 

Peripatetic instrumental teachers

 

Linda Purdy – Brass, woodwind and piano

Tbc  – Upper Strings

Helen Stowell – Lower Strings

David Goodall – Guitar

Martyn Woodgate – Drums

 

The core principles that underpinned the learning in the music department can be summarised as follows:

 

  • A high premium is placed on informal learning – copying, playing by ear and self-expression
  • Students are encouraged to play music that they’re interested in as a starting point
  • Music learning is invariably through oral/aural means
  • Technique is usually introduced within the context of the piece being played
  • Peer-learning, and student-led learning, are at the heart of musical learning
  • Music leaders often take on a role of a facilitator – and as they’re not always experts in the music being played by their students sometimes learn alongside their students
  • Having started with music which students are motivated to learn skilled teachers introduce less familiar musics.
  • Music provides pupils with a wealth of transferable skills.  Collaborative learning is evident throughout the curriculum and pupils learn teamwork skills such as time management, leadership, compromise and communication.  Practical musicianship provides pupils with the chance to learn independently and this, in turn, teaches them to be self-disciplined and reflective learners.  The music department is an advocate for assessment for learning and the pupils are introduced to a wealth of techniques that allow them to self and peer assessment whilst setting new targets for improvement.

 

Intervention and support

Pupils are able to access the music curriculum regardless of their ability or previous musical experience.  We aim to provide learning experiences that challenge and develop the students whilst encouraging them to work to their strengths.  At both Key Stages, pupils can make choices about their work and independent learning is used to enable pupils to follow a personalised curriculum.  Although we endeavour is provide pupils with many new experiences, we also do our best to facilitate the choices made by of each individual and we encourage all pupils to pursue their musical interests into whichever genre or style they prefer.

 

Regular assessments using the National Curriculum levels for music are in place to enable us to keep track of how each individual is progressing.

 

Gifted and Able students in music may be those who:

  • Have excellent natural ears and can easily pick out layers of music and play back.
  • Are able to play more than one instrument.
  • Are self-taught musicians and/or composers/songwriters.
  • Have access to music at home via a parent, friend or relative and who participate in music making on a regular basis
  • Have had instrumental lessons in a traditional one-to-one or small group format and are notation literate.
  • Students who are skilled or proficient in music technology.
  • Provision for these students is integrated into every lesson.  Some examples of this include:
  • Differentiated practical tasks
  • Independent learning
  • Increased pupil autonomy
  • Peer and self assessment
  • Pupil leadership roles
  • Opportunities to perform to others

 

  • Tasks with different levels of challenge
  • Compositions stimuli taken from different musical genres
  • Increased integration of technology
  • Higher level questioning

 

Career pathways

 

The music GCSE course prepares pupils to take music at either A level or BTEC level 3.  There are a number of suitable courses at local sixth form centres or colleges including A level music, A level music technology and BTEC level 3 creative arts.  The RS Music Practitioner course can be continued to level 3 and beyond at the Access to Music Colleges in Norwich and Great Yarmouth.

 

Qualifications in music are useful for a variety of jobs including:

  • Music production and studio engineering
  • Music media
  • Performance and live music
  • Education
  • Music therapy
  • Business management
  • Legal professions
  • Events management and hospitality
  • Administration and PR

 

 

To download the Music curriculum map click HERE