"Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." Plato

Music is a popular subject in All Saints Catholic College. The Music Department has two large classrooms and three additional practice rooms. The main teaching classroom is set up with 16 brand new Apple Mac computers, all updated with the latest versions of Sibelius and Logic Pro software, which allows our pupils to compose and record music to a professional standard. Our second large music room is the perfect space for large ensembles where we often rehearse our steel pan group, djembe drums, string orchestra, electric bands and choir. We also have high-tech recording equipment which we use to record our GCSE performances.

At Key Stage 3, Year 7, 8 and 9 students receive one music lesson a week. The topics they study take a linear approach and are therefore linked to the New Curriculum for Music, sufficiently supporting them if they were to choose music at GCSE. KS3 topics include; composing skills such as harmony, rhythm, melody and improvisation, performing through singing and playing as a band and studying genres such as world music, popular music, film music, pentatonic folk music, music technology and western classical music.

In Year 10 Music can be chosen as an option for GCSE where we follow the Edexcel specification. Within this two year course, students will explore a wide variety of music focusing on the following four categories; Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Music for Stage and Screen, and Fusions where they will study 8 set pieces and explore wider listening. As part of their coursework, students will also be introduced to independent composing (using Logic Pro on the Apple Macs) and perform in a solo and ensemble capacity on their chosen instrument.

For pupils wanting to learn an instrument, we do offer heavily subsidised instrumental lessons on the instruments listed below, which take place during the school day.

  • Vocal

  • Piano

  • Violin

  • Guitar / Bass Guitar

  • Drums

  • Steel Pans

Students have the opportunity to take formal exams on their instrument.

Students who participate in the school’s musical life have a number of opportunities throughout the year to demonstrate their instrumental and singing skills. The occasions when we are proud to perform are: School Concerts, Summer Musical, Christmas Carol Services, School Masses and Assemblies. Our KS3 Choir has also performed outside the school. We have sung during Senior Citizen Parties and Charity Events, and in Residential Homes. At All Saints Catholic College, we believe that music is an essential part of every child’s holistic development, whether they are interested in taking music for their future career purposes or if they enjoy music for purely recreational reasons, music will help them to become a well-rounded and successful individual. Music teaches students how to rehearse and concentrate for sustained periods of time, how to be resilient when things do not always go to plan, and how to work with a range of different characters. Music has a real presence around the school and is celebrated as both an academic and recreational subject.

Literacy Statement

The Music Department provides opportunities to enhance the writing, reading and oral skills of students through lessons and assessments. Students who are literate in Music can:

  • use their speaking and listening skills to help them make progress;

  • use subject-specific vocabulary;

  • actively explore specific genres, styles and traditions from different times and cultures;

  • discriminate, think critically and make connections between different eras in Music and different musical influences;

  • identify and explore the different processes and contexts of selected musical genres and styles;

  • describe, compare and evaluate different kinds of music using an appropriate musical vocabulary;

  • suggest improvements to their own and others’ work, commenting on how the artist’s intentions have been achieved;

  • they evaluate how venue, occasion and purpose affect the way music is created, performed and heard;

  • refine and improve their work through self and peer assessment.