Year 10 Parents Evening

An opportunity for selected Year 10 parents to meet with teachers to discuss their child's progress.

Music

The Music Department at Walworth Academy is at the heart of the school. Situated at the ground level of the school and comprising of two classrooms, a rehearsal room and an I-Mac suite it is the hub of creativity for all students at Walworth Academy.

We offer an exciting and fully creative curriculum to all students from Years 7- 11. Musical composition and performance permeate our teaching and our Schemes of Work. In Year 7 students build their skills of performance, composition on small groups and music theory. In Year 8 they are encouraged to create their own bands and to become proactive and independent in their musical development. From Year 7 we follow the Musical Futures approach of musical learning and development, focusing on musical leadership and independence.

The study of Music at GCSE is very popular in the school with 55 students currently studying the subject in Years 10 and 11. The department is delivering the EDEXCEL GCSE syllabus.

Accommodation comprises of two large classrooms fully equipped with pianos and electronic keyboards; an I-Mac room that can accommodate a class of 30 students; a large room used for rehearsals and informal performances; eight practice rooms and a recording studio (to be fully furnished by Spring 2015). A baby grand Yamaha piano is used for assemblies and concerts that take place in Babbage Hall.

The department employs three full time teaching staff and a team of ten visiting instrumental tutors. Tuition is offered on all orchestral and on all band instruments and voice, on Music Technology and African djembe drums.

We offer an extensive program of after school and lunch time musical activities that support our classroom curriculum and further enhance the musical experiences of a large number of students in the school. These range from informal groups (rock/ pop bands and small vocal ensembles) to well established ensembles, such as the school's orchestra.

The department benefits from a close collaboration with the ARK network of schools. As part of the network we benefit from collaborating with a team of Artists one of whom is in residence with our school. Our students have performed at the QEH and at the Barbican, have performed at the National Festival for Music for Youth in Birmingham as well as in front of Princess Ann and the Duke  and Duchess of Cambridge.

The Music department accommodates the Southwark Saturday Music school and is part of the Southwark Music Hub. Through this partnership our students receive additional opportunities for performances and creative workshops throughout the year, such as song writing and Gamelan projects and membership in Southwark’s Creative Orchestra.

Future plans include an extensive Gifted and Talented Scholarship program and partnerships with the Trinity College of Music and with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 

Staffing

  • A. Metcalf                         Director of Music and Performing Arts
  • O. Craze                           Music and Drama teacher
  • H. Fraser                           Music teacher and Oboe tutor
  • S. Ashmore                       Guitar tutor
  • P. Bernard                         Drum- kit and bass guitar tutor
  • D. Chandler                       Cello and Double Bass tutor
  • S. Fisher                            Vocal coach
  • J. Goodwille                       Vocal coach
  • Yu Wei Hu                          Flute tutor
  • D. Ohm                               Drum- kit tutor
  • I. Rahman                           Saxophone and clarinet tutor
  • N. Robinson                        Piano and Brass tutor
  • T. Wright                              Violin and Viola tutor

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Term 1: Keyboard skills and Grade 1Music Theory

Term 2: Theme and Variations Composition; Grade 1 Music Theory

Term 3: Music from other cultures: African music and drumming; Gamelan

Term 4: Classical melodies: a composition project

Term 5: The Band Project

Term 6: Music Technology: Hip hop music and dance

Year 8

In Year 8 the students choose their GCSE Options and follow a more specialized Music curriculum. 

Term 1: Dance Music; Grade 2 Theory; Performance on Solo instrument/ Voice

Term 2: Simple melodic writing; Grade 2 Theory; Choral singing skills; singing in harmony and sight singing

Terms 3 and 4: Develop melodic writing with primary and secondary chords; ensemble performances; composing music for an ensemble; Grades 2 and 3 Theory

Term 5: Composition for my own instrument/ voice; Grades 2 and 3 Theory; Preparation for end of year performances and Associated Board exams.

Term 6: Composition to a given brief; Grades 2 and 3 Theory; End of year performances and Associated Board Music exams

Year 9

In Year 9 the students begin the formal study of GCSE Music. We offer the EDEXCEL syllabus.

Term 1: Basic composition skills: melodic writing and harmony; solo performance on main instrument/ voice; ensemble performing skills (choral and instrumental); Grades 4 and 5 Theory; Listening skills: the elements of Music.

Term 2: Song writing: the popular song/ ballad; exploration of stylistic features and further development of melodic and harmonic writing; solo performance on main instrument/ voice; ensemble performing skills (choral and instrumental); Grades 4 and 5 Theory; Listening skills: the elements of Music (continued).

Terms 3 and 4: Music in the 20th Century: expressionism, serialism and minimalism; relevant conventions studied through composition workshops, performances and aural explorations;  solo performance on main instrument/ voice; ensemble performing skills (choral and instrumental); Grades 4 and 5 Theory.

Terms 5 and 6: Composition to a given brief with a choice of popular song or Music of the 20th century; preparation for end of year performances and Associated Board Music exams; writing about Music: techniques of extended writing 

Key Stage 4

Year 10

EDEXCEL Music GCSE - 2Mu01

  • Unit 1: 5Mu01 - Performance
  • Unit 2: 5Mu02 - Composition
  • Unit 3: 5Mu03 - Listening and Appraising

Term 1: Units 1 and 3

EDEXCEL GCSE Music: study of Set works 1,2, 3 and 4; composition workshops and exploration of conventions used in the relevant musical genres and historical periods; Solo performance on main instrument/ voice

Term 2: Units 1 and 3

EDEXCEL GCSE Music: study of Set works 5,6,7 and 8; composition workshops and exploration of conventions used in the relevant musical genres and historical periods; Solo performance on main instrument/ voice; ensemble performances and Band projects

Term 3: Units 1 and 3

EDEXCEL GCSE Music: study of Set works 9, 10, 11 and 12; composition workshops and exploration of conventions used in the relevant musical genres and historical periods; the Listening Paper, Unit 3 examination; Solo performance on main instrument/ voice; ensemble performances and Band projects

Term 4: Units 1 and 2

Unit 2 Composition 1 on a chosen or given brief; Solo performance on main instrument/ voice; ensemble performances and Band projects

Term 5: Units 1 and 2

Unit 2 Composition 2 on a chosen or given brief and of a different genre to composition 1; Solo performance on main instrument/ voice; ensemble performances and Band projects

Term 6: Units 1 and 2

Completion of Compositions 1 and 2; preparation for end of year performances and Associated Board Music exams

Year 11

EDEXCEL Music GCSE - 2Mu01

  • Unit 1: 5Mu01 - Performance
  • Unit 2: 5Mu02 - Composition
  • Unit 3: 5Mu03 - Listening and Appraising

Term 1: Units 1 and 2

Unit 2, Controlled Assessment, Compositions 1 and 2: refinement and final recordings; Unit 1 Solo performance.

Term 2: Units 1 and 2

Unit 2, Controlled Assessment, Compositions 1 and 2: refinement and final recordings; Unit 1 final recordings of Solo performance.

Term 3: Units 1 and 3

Unit 1, Ensemble performances; Unit 3, AoS 1 and 2: analysis and extended writing techniques.

Term 4:

Unit 1, final recordings of Ensemble performances; Unit 3, AoS 3 and 4: analysis and extended writing techniques.

Term 5: Unit 3

Final preparation for exam paper: revision techniques

Term 6:

6th Form Induction Period: taster A Level Music lessons 

How to support your Child

How to support your child with their musical progress?

All children who study Music at Walworth Academy receive 1-1 instrumental tuition in support of their GCSE or Associated Board Performance exams.

To support your child in their preparation for performances please ensure that:

  • Your child practices at least 30 minutes every day their instrument/ voice.
  • Provide a quiet area in the house for this practice to take place.
  • Encourage your child to perform to you, friends and family and always praise their performance- even if it does not always sound “right”!!
  • Encourage your child to take part in at least one extra- curricular musical activity from the wide range on offer at Walworth Academy.

Useful websites:

Useful Books:

  • EDEXCEL Music GCSE Revision Guide, Rhinegold Education
  • OPUS for KS3 Music, Heinemann Education

additional information

For all information in regards to our curriculum, instrumental tuition and all musical opportunities fro your child at Walworth Academy please contact us: 

By phone: 020 7540 9570 (Music Department ext. 584)

By e-mail: ametcalf@walworthacademy.org