Music is the shorthand of emotion. Without music, life would be a mistake.
A high-level musician will have the edge, whether for university applications, career interviews or as part of future employment. Studying music develops initiative, application, teamwork, creativity and confidence. Jobs are becoming more and more creative and music is a part of many industries. Indeed, it is one of the biggest industries, whether as a recording musician, live performer, arranger, composer, sound engineer, DJ/producer, critic/music journalist and many more fields, including education.
A practical curriculum that engages pupils with performance, composition and listening skills. Pupils enjoy a wide range of experiences from building confidence in solo keyboard performance, to playing rhythmically as part of a group and singing as a group too. A wide range of musical styles are explored including World Fusions, Baroque Music and Film/Game Music. Increasing opportunities are being given for pupils to work with music technology. Pupils are given chances to perform outside of the classroom and this is actively encouraged. Pupils are also encouraged to bring their own instruments and have the opportunity to take individual lessons on an instrument or voice through our Music School programme.
An engaging curriculum (Edexcel) that incorporates solo and ensemble performing, composition and the appraising of set works ranging from the music of Beethoven, Queen and the film music of John Williams. Pupils will use their own instrumental or vocal skills in progressing their performance work. The composition portfolio is designed to foster creativity and extend existing skills. Many opportunities to create their own music using technology are given and opportunities to perform in class and in public are available throughout the year.
The A Level course is a substantial study of performance, composition and set works. Performance requires 6-minutes of recorded performance at a Grade 6 standard, extending to 8-minutes in the second year. The composition portfolio extends skills learnt at GCSE and requires pupils to compose two pieces, one of which is in response to briefs set by the examination board. The study of 18 exciting and broadly-ranging set works gives pupils a broad set of skills in analysis and appraising.
Musical opportunities at Tettenhall College are varied, rich and plentiful and all pupils are encouraged to get involved. This term pupils have enjoyed exciting opportunities to sing and perform rock, pop and gospel music with the Senior School Choir and Prep School Choir, in addition to participating together with the whole school in the House-Singing Competition. Instrumentalists can be part of our vibrant Jazz Band, Rock/Pop Project or can have the space to form their own bands in the Music department. Musical opportunities are inclusive and pupils have taken part in concerts both in school and out in the wider community. Over a quarter of the school currently take weekly individual lessons in one of 12 different instruments offered as part of our Music School programme.
Pupils studying Music also enjoy visits to concerts at the Symphony Hall Birmingham, St Martins in the Fields in London, Theatre visits and workshops by visiting musicians. The Choirs take part annually in the nationwide Music For Youth Festival and performance tours to mainland Europe are planned every other year, with a trip to Eurodisney planned for 2020.