Music

Staff

Mr J Matthews– Head of Music

 

Norlington Reads in Music

Students at Norlington School for Boys can expect to develop an understanding of different musical styles and cultures through listening, performing and composing in their music lessons. Pupils will develop in confidence through performance and gain opportunities for creativity and social learning. Students are expected to take Leadership in their learning through conducting, improvising and organising their own groups and ensembles for class and out of class activities. All students will have the opportunity to learn singing, keyboard and percussion skills as well as using the new music department computer suite to compose individual compositions. Wider Opportunities are offered at Norlington through attending concerts and recitals such as the National Jazz Festival and attending theatre trips. Opportunities are also available at Norlington such as the Grove Green Talent Show that included performers from a local primary school and theatre group. This allowed younger children in the community to experience Norlington School at a young age and encouraging them to pick Norlington as their School of Choice in the local community.


Music is delivered throughout the key stages by the head of the music department who is supported by many part-time visiting instrumental tutors. Students are always encouraged to produce their best work and are continually stretched to achieve their full potential. This year, the music department is putting a strong emphasis on stretching the children, particularly those of higher ability; this is why opportunities such as taking grade 1 theory will be offered to lower school students to give them the tools to further their education.

In key stage three, Music is taught on a carousel between Music, Art and Design and Technology. The students have five lessons a fortnight for a three week period before rotating to their next topic. This allows the students to have a more intensive learning experience and more actual lesson time over the year.

In year 7 students will study:


- The Elements of Music
- Percussion, Rhythm and Rhythm notation
- Singing and Keyboard skills
- The Instruments of the Orchestra
In Year 8 students will study:


- Intermediate keyboard skills and the notes on the stave
- Samba Drumming
- The Blues
- Music for film

Key stage four has now been made into a three year course.

In year 9 students will have the opportunity to explore lots of different musical elements, from learning a new instrument to trips and experiences outside of school. With the new specification not yet available from the exam board, yr 9 will focus on gaining the core skills necessary to perform well at GCSE. These topics and skills include


- The understanding of music notation on the stave
- Major and Minor scales and key signatures
- Proper rehearsal technique and how to develop as a musician
- Solo and Group Performance skills
- Listing and appraising using the correct musical terminology

Years 10 and 11 will still be running of the old specification with the content set out in the table below

 

CYCLE 1

CYCLE 2

CYCLE 3

CYCLE 4

CYCLE 5

CYCLE 6

YEAR 10

Your Instrument

PERFORMANCE

Research, Practice and  Performance

Your Instrument
 PERFORMANCE

Practice and Performance

Your Instrument
 COMPOSITION

Composing and Log

Your Instrument
 COMPOSITION

Composition, Log and Evaluation

Group Performance
 Practise and Performance

Composition on AOS
 Composing and Log

Listening Basics

Exercises and Research

Film & Programme Music

Exercises and Research

Dance Music

Exercises and Research

Classical Chamber & Jazz

Exercises and Research

How instruments work together

Exercises and Research

Indian Classical and Gamelan

Exercises and Research

YEAR 11

Your Instrument

PERFORMANCE

Practice and  Performance

Your Instrument
 COMPOSITION

Composing and Log

Group Performance
 Practise and Performance

Composition on AOS
 Composing and Log

Revision

Vocabulary
Exam Technique
Film and Programme
Dance

Chamber
Indian and Gamelan
Jazz

Practice Questions

 

Listening Basics

Through Film Music

Dance Music

Exercises

Classical, Jazz, Indian & Gamelan

Exercises and Research

Creative Task
Preparation and 
 Exam

 

 

Enrichment is a key factor to the Norlington Music Department and therefore instrumental tuition is offered in all the orchestral woodwind, brass, percussion and strings, together with piano, saxophone, guitar (acoustic, electric and bass) and drum kit.

Students are encouraged to take part in the many extra-curricular activities that take place, which range from Percussion Groups, Guitar Clubs and Band Practice. All of these groups are given as many opportunities to perform as possible, both in and out of school at concerts, presentations, assemblies and festivals. This year the Dhol Drumming Group performed at numerous Olympic events while bands and soloists performed for in events such as the Year 7 Transition Day, end of term assemblies and Celebration Evening.