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Music is part of the Expressive Arts Faculty
- Ms D Jankauskaite - Head of Faculty
- Ms S Rottman - Music Teacher
- Ms S Hunt - Music Teacher
- Mrs J Head - HLTA
Key Stage 3
Music is taught in mixed ability groups through the areas of appraising, performing and composing. The topics we study fall broadly into three main areas: Western Classical music, World music and Popular music. Examples of this are Baroque music and notationbasics in Year 7, Indian music and reggae in Year 8 and. Students will also participate in group singing and learn basic keyboard skills. They will also learn how to read and write treble and bass notation. Students are encouraged to bring their own instruments into lessons when appropriate to the topics.
Key Stage 4
At GCSE level we study the Edexcel syllabus at KS4 where we focus on Western Classical music, 20th Century Western Classical music, Popular music and Jazz and World music. Students will also compose 2 original pieces of music using music technology in one of the above styles. Students will play a solo piece on their instrument/voice and perform in a duet or ensemble on their instrument/voice. All GCSE students attend Senior Choir and perform in the other ensembles such as Sinfonia and Concert Band as relevant.
Key Stage 5
At AS and A2 we study the Eduquas syllabus [WJEC] . The listening focus is on Western Classical music and 20th Century music. Students will complete a live performance to an examiner and submit 2 original compositions. All A level students attend Senior Choir and perform in other ensembles such as Sinfonia and Concert Band as relevant. Many of our A level students lead ensembles or assist the junior ensembles
Individual and group instrumental lessons are available through Hillingdon Music Service. Students can apply for this during their time at Bishop Ramsey School.
There is a wealth of extra-curricular activities to join. This year’s ensembles are:
- StringZ– a string orchestra
- Wind Band – for younger woodwind and brass players
- Concert Band – for more advanced woodwind and brass players
- Glee/Rock Choir - a community choir
- Harmony – a choir for advanced singers
- Unity – musical theatre group [audition only]
- Jazz Band
- Rock Band
We have 2 formal concerts a year: The St Cecilia Concert and the Spring Concert. There is a popular house music competition. Soloists and ensembles are regularly invited to contribute to the Eucharist services, achievement assemblies and end of term assemblies.