Music is taught to Key Stage 3 via a lesson a week with our music teacher, Mr Matt Fox. Students enjoy a relaxed, hands on approach to music that allows all children to participate in suitably differentiated tasks. Musical learning is primarily developed aurally and this is supported with notation and the use of instruments, such as drums. Classes make music throughout every session.
In addition to developing instrumental skills, students engage in a range of integrated activities, including performing, composing, improvising and listening critically.
In Key Stage 4 we continuing to build on the foundation laid whilst working with the Essex SEND Brighter Futures Music Project. During the Music Tech options lessons, pupils are afforded the opportunity to learn how to use iPad technology to create and record their compositions.
We think it is vital for pupils to have the opportunity to learn how to play a musical instrument. We are delighted this year to be offering the chance for a number of our students to have 1:1 music tuition. On a Thursday, we offer drum lessons for beginner to advanced level players. Using a wide range of knowledge and resources, pupils are taught to understand the fundamentals of music as well as playing the drums. Each session they will make music, either with the tutor accompanying on piano or by playing with backing tracks.
Students across the school can also learn to play the harp, acoustic and bass guitars as part of our Friday afternoon free choice provision. A few KS4 students receive bespoke electric guitar session on a Wednesday.
The School Choir is now in its sixth year. During that time we have given performances at the Cliffs Pavilion, London Palladium, local care homes and at our annual Carol Service and Summer Fete. The choir currently numbers 25 pupils aged 11-16 and all pupils are welcome to join, regardless of singing experience.
In March last year, we took part in Southend Makes Music at the Palace Theatre which is a musical celebration with performance from local secondary schools in Southend. We sang a range of contemporary songs with some amazing solo performances. Although the students were quite nervous, it was a night to remember with many compliments paid to our pupils for their amazing performance. Well done!