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Music

Music is a growing strength of Harborne Academy with more students than ever gaining proficiency on an instrument. Through the practical and theoretical study of Music our students not only enjoy listening to and producing work in a range of styles but also develop excellent coordination and memory skills.

Studying music from other cultures at KS3 helps students develop empathy and understanding towards others. Through our Next Steps Curriculum students are prepared for exam success from year 7, should they opt for Music at GCSE

At KS4 OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Music will provide a contemporary, accessible and creative education in Music with an integrated approach to the three main elements – performing, composing and appraising. Learners are encouraged to be creative and to broaden their musical horizons and understanding with Areas of Study that inspire and challenge.

There are a wide range of extra-curricular activities available to students, as well as regular performance opportunities including weekly open mic sessions on Friday lunchtimes.

Key Stage 3

All students have an hour lesson per week, taught in their mixed ability tutor groups.  KS3 students have a diverse curriculum, which is inclusive to all, with a wide range of practical experiences and access to our iMac suite.  Students use a variety of instruments including keyboards, ukuleles, guitars and percussion. The curriculum enables students to explore music from a variety of cultures and traditions in which they develop performing, composing, listening and appraising skills, giving them a solid foundation to progress to KS4 courses.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Music is a popular choice in Key Stage 4 and is constantly growing.  GCSE groups follow the OCR syllabus, which has been recently revised. The new GCSE (9-1) Music qualification provides a contemporary, accessible and creative education in Music with an integrated approach to the three main elements – Performing, Composing and Appraising.

Learners are encouraged to be creative and to broaden their musical horizons and understanding with Areas of Study that inspire and challenge. Our GCSE (9-1) Music qualification is designed to appeal to, and cater for, a wide range of interests, instruments, personalities and directions, and appeal to teachers and learners.

Our new specification offers a range of opportunities to study diverse and traditional fields, with an integrated approach, and create specifications that encourage learners to experiment in their own performing, composing and listening as well as develop interest and enthusiasm in all aspects of their musical heritage.

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