Teacher of Music: Miss Spencer
"Becoming a young musician at JSTC provides you with stimulating opportunities to build self-confidence; express your individual personality and develop an appreciation for the rich tapestry of music available! Whether you go on to enjoy music for personal satisfaction or create a career from your passion, the opportunities to use the skills and knowledge you build are endless!"
Our Music department team comprise of passionate teachers who are all skilled, experienced musicians with specialisms including strings, woodwind, voice, brass, guitar and percussion. We work closely to ensure our young people build on previous experience in an engaging, interactive and practical way.
We aim to:
Year 7 overview:
We are aware that our students may have studied music either at primary school and/ or through alternative provision. To ensure students make progress, we draw upon a wide range of genres, skill-set and target criteria, to challenge all. Topic-related key words build subject knowledge acquisition and students are assessed on their ability to perform, analyse, create, notate, appraise and dissect the music they’re exposed to.
In Year 7 pupils begin their musical quest studying the following areas:
Year 8 overview:
In Year 8, we build upon the foundations of musical understanding learned in Year 7 to refine skills and enhance creative, evaluative, analytical and performance abilities. Theory work continues to be actively supported by practical application. To provide a rich and rounded opportunity to develop individual strengths, students:
At the end of Year 8 your child will be placed into a pathway for their Options Choices. Those who choose to continue studying music will commence preparatory studies in advance of BTEC certification in Year 11.
Year 9 overview:
In Year 9 we begin musicianship skills building to prepare and equip students for success in KS4 BTEC Music. Pupils are taught to develop their existing passions and expertise in composing and instrumental/vocal performance. In addition, students practice applying the skills and knowledge required at BTEC level during a project whereby they design and launch a CD. Finally, students begin gaining knowledge and understanding of the Music Industry and related exam-style questioning.
Years 10 & 11 overview:
In Year 10 and 11, students produce and submit work for their BTEC qualification. They will receive assignment briefs and supporting tuition so they can apply their knowledge and understanding to scenarios in order to meet BTEC criteria specific to their target grade. Briefs allow students the widest flexibility to show off their personal interests and talents. The BTEC comprises of four units, equally weighted to be worth one quarter of the course each and includes a composition submission, and exploration into rehearsal and performance, an exam about the Music Industry and the design, delivery, promotion and launch and management of a Music Product.