Head of Department
Miss F Jones
BA Hons in Secondary Education with Music
The Music Department at Pleckgate aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge to enable them to develop as confident musicians through creative exploration of our carefully designed curriculum. Here at Pleckgate we believe that fulfilling students with a passion for music is a vital part of their learning journey. Music promotes respect within the classroom as students are encouraged to perform and share their work in front of their classroom peers. Students will also learn to show an appreciation and understanding for the traditions and customs of other cultures both musically and otherwise.
Our Key Stage 3 curriculum uses guidance from the national curriculum for music to educate all students about a variety of different styles including African Music, Film Music, Jazz and Blues, Musical Theatre and Latin American Music. Throughout Key Stage 3 all students have the opportunity to develop both their practical and non-practical skills through the three disciplines of music; listening, performance and composition.
At Key Stage 4 students will have the option to take Edexcel GCSE Music. This course consists of students completing a listening paper (40%), two compositions (30%) and two performances (30%). Students will have the opportunity to learn about different areas of music such as: Instrumental Music from 1700-1820, Vocal Music, Music for Stage and Screen and Fusions. GCSE Music is a great option for students who have a talent and passion for the subject.
In the classroom, students are encouraged to be ambitious with their own musical ability. Music teaches students to work together creating a safe space to experiment and express themselves. This promotes a healthy attitude to learning where individual and group performance is both welcomed and celebrated. Through music, students are able to master skills such as teamwork and communication, self-management, creativity, discipline and patience. These are all favourable attributes regarded highly by future employers.
Our peripatetic music teacher tailors each lesson to the needs of the individual through their chosen instrument. Students can play and perform confidently, both solo and ensemble, using their voice and instruments fluently with accuracy and expression. We currently offer lessons on the following instruments; piano/keyboard, drums, guitar and bass guitar, ukulele, singing, trumpet, trombone with an option to take highly prestigious instrumental exams.
Careers in music include; sound engineer, musical director, session musician, recording studio manager, music or instrumental teacher.
- Curriculum model – Year 7
- Curriculum model – Year 8
- Curriculum model – Year 9
- Curriculum model – KS4
Please note, these downloads provide a broad overview of the curriculum over time. Detailed, ‘live’ curriculum maps are held in school by teachers and continually reviewed. Every subject exercise book your child has contains a subject ‘Pleckgate Learning Journey’ that outlines the content covered, timelines and assessment points for the current year.