The Music Department
- Mr J Bishop – Head of Music
- Mr E. Thornton – Teacher of Music
‘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.’ Department of Education, National Curriculum.
At St Edmund Campion, our teachers aim to inspire a love of learning in Music. We provide a curriculum which enables each child to reach their full potential in music, through performing, composing and listening and appraising. We want students to explore and develop skills which are transferrable into all aspects of their lives. This includes problem solving, perseverance, team work, time management, organisation, responsibility, cultural history, listening skills, confidence, social skills, discipline, self-evaluation and a sense of achievement.
Through students’ musical journey at our school, they will explore schemes of learning, which include Keyboard Skills, Drum Kits, Ensemble Skills, Vocal Skills, Harmony, Protest songs, Sequencing and Music Theory. At the end of Year 9, pupils have the option to select Music as one of their options. They will then follow the BTEC Level 2 Music Practice course, where students will study and make connections to a variety of genres of music from around the world. They will develop and use this knowledge in creative ways, through performing, composing and sequencing, whilst working to assignment briefs. Students will also have the opportunity to improve and refine their musical skills to prepare them for further education.
Students at St Edmund Campion also have the option of getting involved in the extra-curricular activities the Music Department run throughout the year. We have important musical events which include the Christmas Carol Service and Summer Concert. There are regular choir rehearsals, along with many opportunities for musicians to perform at these events. The school regularly runs School Productions, which offer keen performers the opportunity to showcase their talents on the big stage. The Music Department has two music specialist TAGs including a Guitar TAG and an African Drumming TAG to sign up for during TAG time. These TAG workshops give students the chance to learn and develop specific instrumental skills in a group setting.
We are proud to offer the following specialist facilities:
2 music rooms, equipped with a range of instruments including keyboards, Drum kits and guitars.
A specialist Music technology iMac suite with 16 high quality Digital Audio Workstations.
A recording studio and 3 practice rooms.
Exam Board for BTEC Level 2 Music Practice: