Music is part of the Expressive Arts Faculty
- Ms D Jankauskaite - Head of Faculty
- Ms S Rottman - 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.
Year 7 Units:
* Percussion (Rhythms and Metre)
* “Ode to Joy” (Classical Music)
* Chinese Music
* Vocal Skills
* Blues Improvisation.
Year 8 Units:
* Pachelbel’s Canon
* Reggae Composition
* Film Music
* Song Writing
* Theme &Variation.
Students also will participate in listening and appraising of different styles of music whilst learning musical vocabulary key terms, as well as the keyboard work. They will also learn how to read and write treble and bass notation. Students are also advised to stimulate the development to carry on peripatetic lessons or to start leaning and instrument outside the school. 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 9-1 syllabus at KS4 where we focus on Western Classical music, Vocal music, Musical Theatre and Fusions. At the end of the third year of a GCSE course students will sit a listening exam based on the eight set works from the topics listed above. The exam is worth 40%. Students will also compose two pieces of music which are worth 30% (one original and one set by the Edexcel Exam Board) 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. Both performances are worth 30%. All GCSE students attend Senior Choir and perform in the other ensembles such as Bishop Ramsey School Orchestra and Concert Band as relevant.
Key Stage 5
At AS and A2 we study the Eduqas syllabus [WJEC]. The listening focus is on Western Classical music, Musical Theatre and 20thCentury music. At the end of the
two year course, students will sit a listening and appraising exam based on the areas of study listed above. Students will complete a live performance/recital of three different areas of study (35%) to an examiner and submit two compositions (25%) (one original in a Western Classical Style and one set by the WJEC Exam Board). All A level students attend Senior Choir and perform in other ensembles such as Bishop Ramsey School Orchestra 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:
* The Bishop Ramsey School Orchestra
* Concert Band – for younger and more advanced woodwind and brass players
* Musical Theatre Choir [audition only]
* Junior Choir
* Canterbury Choir [audition only]
* Junior Rock Band
We have two formal concerts a year: The St Cecilia Concert and the Spring Concert. We also hold a popular house music competition. Soloists and ensembles are regularly invited to contribute to the Eucharist services, achievement assemblies and end of term assemblies. At the end of the academic school year we have a Summer School Production.