“The Music Department at Aldersley aims to give all students the opportunity to participate in music making. We are determined to support, encourage and challenge students to express ideas, thoughts and feelings through music and develop awareness of musical traditions in a variety of cultures. The music curriculum is focused around composition, performance, listening and appraising.”
Aldersley’s Music Department
The creative and vibrant department has a hands-on approach towards teaching music to every student and all lessons are driven towards being musical at all times within an environment that will engage and motivate students.
This year the department has invested in lots of new equipment to aid the students in their practical lessons. We have a class set of djembe drums, keyboards and glockenspiels as well as new guitars, amps, two acoustic drum kits, and two electric pianos. Our department is spacious, enabling students to have their own practice space. We have:
• Two practice rooms
• A live Music room and recording studio
• An iMac computer suite equipped with industry music software
Miss H. Drury
Head of Music
Miss Drury is Head of Music at Aldersley High School
Hills and Valleys
In key stage three, all students have the opportunity to study music and attend extra-curricular classes. Music is on a rotation with Dance and Drama and students spend a term in each subject each year.
In years 7 and 8 students will work on their practical skills in the ‘African Music’ and ‘Blues’ units and will improve their composition and music technology skills in the ‘Music and Mood’ and ‘Song Writing’ units.
In year 9, students have the option to explore music and/or music technology. Year 9 is a preparation year for the Level 2 course/s which begins in Year 10.
In years 10 and 11 students will start the RSL Level 2 Music course. This course is split into three units; Musical Knowledge, Composition and Music Performance.
In years 10 and 11 students will start the RSL level 2 Music Technology course. This course is split into three units; Musical Knowledge, Sequencing and Production, and Sound Recording.
In year 12, students can join our 6th form and enhance their skills in Music. Students will complete RSL Level 3 Music Subsidiary Diploma. The units can be adapted to suit the cohort but usually students study performance, composition, careers, event management and musical styles.
The Music department at Aldersley run a number of extra-curricular activities to broaden students’ music experiences and give them opportunities to perform in the community. We currently have:
- Rock Band
- Steel Pan Band
- Open music rehearsal
At Christmas we join up with the Moreton School Choir and go carol singing in and around Wolverhampton. We also perform regularly at the Diversity Celebration at the Civic Hall with hundreds of other students from the city. Every autumn term year 11 take part in the Rock School LTD programme, performing as part of a group at a concert at Newhampton Arts Centre.
In the Summer, Aldersley and Moreton Music departments join together in creating an Amethyst CD, loaded with tracks from talented students across the two schools.
Here is a link to 2019’s CD: Amethyst CD 2019
Every year we join with Moreton school for the Amethyst School Production. Sister Act and Mary Poppins are our most recent and this year’s production is Aladdin.
Students are given the opportunity to continue or begin learning an instrument of their choice. The school do not charge for instrumental tuition but to support this we do ask for a voluntary contribution.
We offer lessons on:
- Woodwind (Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Oboe) – Miss Roberts and Miss Berry
- Brass (Cornet, Baritone, Trombone) – Mr Reid
- Strings (Violin) – Miss Phillips
- Piano – Miss Phillips
- Vocals – Miss Phillips and Miss Gayle
- Drums, Guitar and Bass – Mr Pinfield