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Music

Overview

I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.

Plato

The mantra of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School Music Department is ‘Music is for Everyone’. Our courses have been uniquely designed to offer every student the opportunity to find and develop their individual musical talents to the full. The students will work on a wide range of exciting activities that will ensure they develop into well-rounded young musicians equipped for music making in the 21st Century. Music is a thriving and vibrant part of the culture of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School. We offer many exciting opportunities to showcase our students’ achievements: collaborations with professional musicians, performances at prestigious venues, workshop days and master classes. Whatever your child’s starting point or interests we can guarantee there is an extracurricular rehearsal for them and that they will be challenged appropriately in all classroom lessons.

The Music Department offers an extensive and varied range of extracurricular activities before school, at lunch and after school. All rehearsals are widely differentiated to provide every student who wishes to attend the opportunity to participate. Ensemble opportunities include: Sambalistic Samba Band, Street Voices, Hit Squad Drum Club, Senior Choir, Rock Band, Protege Ensemble, Orchestra, Pickup Guitar Club, Arco Strings Group. As well as developing your child’s instrumental skills we also offer ABRSM theory grades at lunch and before school.

An enthusiastic and dedicated team of peripatetic staff offer instrumental lessons to all of our GCSE students and to pupils who choose to learn an instrument in years 7 and 8. We currently offer Voice, Piano, Trumpet, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Cello, Drum Kit, Guitar and Bass Guitar.

Follow us on SoundCloud - EGArtists - where you will be inspired by original compositions and enjoy outstanding performances from students across all year groups.

Music at Key Stage 3

All students in KS3 study music as part of the curriculum. The music lessons focus on the 3 main areas of composing, performing and listening and are taught in specialist rooms, each equipped with a full band setup: mics, drum kit, keyboards, guitar and bass. We are also in the unique position of having each of our rehearsals spaces kitted out with a full band setup. During curriculum lessons students will regularly perform as a whole class ensemble, work individually to become master of a chosen specialist instrument and learn how to use music technology to both compose and edit their own music.

Students in year 7 and 8 have three music lessons over a fortnightly period. Each of the topics will give students the opportunity to develop their solo performing, ensemble performing, music technology composition and listening skills. From the outset of their education at EGA the students are covering and developing the necessary skills to access the new GCSE.

In year 7 we cover:

  • Rhythm and Keyboard
  • Instruments of the Orchestra
  • Programme Music
  • Band Skills
  • World Music

In year 8 we cover :

  • Electronic Dance Music
  • Popular Music
  • Reggae Music
  • Iconic Songs
  • Protest Music
  • Music in the Media/Film Music

Independent Study Resources for KS3

https://www.mydso.com/dso-kids/learn-and-listen/instruments

http://www.incredibox.com

http://www.buttonbass.com

https://soundation.com/studio

Music at Key Stage 4

The Eduqas GCSE Music course is split into 3 main areas which build on the prior knowledge of performing, composing and listening developed at KS3. The students will compose two pieces of music (30% coursework weighting), working with an excellent team of peripatetic staff on their performance skills to rehearse and record one solo and one ensemble performance (30%) and will sit a listening & appraising exam at the end of the course (40%).

The listening & appraising content will cover four main areas of study:

  • AOS 1 - Musical Forms and Devices. By listening to and analysing music from the Western Classical Tradition (Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras) students will learn about musical structures e.g. binary form, ternary form, rondo form and develop understanding of how composers use different devices to develop music.
  • AOS 2 - Music for Ensemble. Through the study of Jazz and Blues, Musical Theatre and Chamber Music students will learn about how music is composed for small groups, about textural contrasts and instrumentation.
  • AOS 3 - Film Music. Students will explore how music for film is created, developed and performed.
  • AOS 4 - Popular Music. Exploring Rock and Pop, Bhangra and Fusion music. Students will also develop understanding of music technology and effects.

Independent Study Resources for KS4

https://www.teoria.com

https://www.mydso.com/dso-kids/learn-and-listen/instruments

https://soundation.com/studio

https://egas.musicfirst.co.uk (GCSE students will be provided with a login for this resource)

Recent Events

  • Our sixty strong Street Voices choir - accompanied by our Junior Percussion Ensemble - performed on the main stage of the Barbican at the Islington Young Musicians Festival.
  • Students from KS3 experienced two full workshops days with Conductive Music, linking Music with Science. During this exciting workshop opportunity the students learned mechanical engineering skills and designed their own electronic instruments.
  • Instrumentalists and vocalists from all years came together for a fantastic performance in EGA Theatre to celebrate International Women’s Day.
  • Masterclass workshops with concert pianist Veronika Shoot.
  • KS3 Music commitment reward trip to Rock Assembly at Wembley Arena.