“The Music Department at Aldersley aims to engage and inspire all students to develop a love of music by giving them the opportunity to participate in music making. At KS3, we are determined to support, encourage and challenge students to perform, listen to, create, and evaluate music across a range of genres, styles and traditions through live performance and use of music technology. Our aim is to give every student the opportunity to learn an instrument and develop skills playing on their own and with others. Students will be taught to read basic notation in a variety of forms that will enable them to increase their talent as musicians and prepare them for continuing with music beyond KS3.
At KS4 we aim to build on their prior knowledge and skills through performing, composing and listening. Students will develop their fluency, accuracy and expressiveness within their performance work and will be able to use music technology appropriately to compose. In listening work, pupils will be encouraged to listen with increasing discrimination and express their understanding of the musical elements.
Music education continues past the classroom, and through extra-curricular activities, such as choir, orchestra, rock band, steel pan band and independent practice. Through these opportunities, students develop a range of skills such as self-confidence, creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, communication, leadership, resilience, self-discipline and cultural awareness. Music offers lifelong transferable skills that pupils will be able to maintain and carry forward into adulthood and the performing arts industry or embed holistically into future careers.“
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.
What’s in store for our Key Stage 3 Students?
Music Curriculum Overview
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