Falinge Park High School

Opening Doors; Unlocking Potential


Ms Emma Williams – Head of Music

“Music can change the world because it can change people.”

– Bono

Compelling Learning in Music

Compelling learning in music integrates the key processes of performing, composing, listening and evaluating. Students are encouraged to take ownership of their own learning experiences in order to improve outcomes. This empowers students to develop their senses of self-discipline, aesthetic sensitivity, creativity and musical identity.

The Music Curriculum develops students’ skills in the three main areas of performing, composing and listening. These skills are taught using a variety of resources (including music technology) in a series of units.

Unit 1: Rhythm and Samba
In this unit students study different types of rhythm and how they are used in music from around the world. Students learn to notate rhythm patterns.

Unit 2: Popular Music
Students study popular music structures and melody and harmony techniques such as chords and riff. They incorporate music technology into the production of their own track.

Unit 3: Film Music
Students identify how music is used to enhance the visual aspects and experience of films through performance, composing and listening to different genres of film music.

Unit 4: Blues Music
This unit teaches students about the historical and social context of The Blues. Students learn how to recreate Blues style music, improvisation and Blues Music influence on modern day popular music.

Unit 5: Arranging
Students study how Classical music has been sampled and arranged by other musicians. Students will create their own remix of a well known classic and study structure, harmony, melodic development and different composition techniques.

Unit 6: The Music Industry
In this unit students study the music industry and the job roles within it. They produce their own broadcast, taking on the job roles they have studied.

In Year 9 students work towards their Arts Award Silver qualification in either performance or composition. Students are encouraged to develop their instrumental skills and technique on their chosen instrument or voice.

In Years 10 and 11, we follow the Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music. This vocational course focuses on the key musical skills of performing and composing alongside aspects of working in the music industry. Students work collectively and independently on their own personal learning journey.

Instrumental lessons are offered free of charge to any student who wishes to take them as we believe that instrumental tuition is an entitlement. We currently have teachers for violin, cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, cornet, trumpet, horn, tuba, piano, guitar, drums and vocal. There are many extra-curricular activities for students to get involved in and we actively encourage students to set up their own groups and bands. We offer clubs for wind band, choir, guitar group, drum group, rock band, song writing, musical theatre and pop vocals. We also encourage students to perform as soloists and in smaller ensembles in order to give them further experience as a performer. We have an annual music showcase as well as collaborative Cepa musical/pantomime and we also perform at Rochdale Music Festival, local primary schools and community events. Students are also encouraged to take their graded music exams as appropriate. Practice rooms are made available before and after school and also during breaks and lunch times.

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