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Headteacher: Mr T. McGuinness

Music

Being involved in music activities enables our students to develop self-expression, cultural understanding, critical skills and social interaction. It also helps to increase self-esteem, self-discipline and creativity.

Our main aim is to promote and encourage the enjoyment of music in its many forms for everyone.

We provide a growing and exciting programme of activities, in and outside the classroom, which gives students opportunities to get involved in different forms of music-making at all levels throughout the school.

Pupils are encouraged to take part in major musical events such as the Carol Service, Talent show, and summer musical production as well as other events such as assemblies, open days and awards evenings.

We have a whole school musical production every year in conjunction with the drama department. Our shows have included ‘Hairspray’, ‘Annie’ and ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’.

The music department has two main teaching music rooms and a number of smaller practice room equipped with a variety of instruments including small percussion, keyboards, pianos, guitars (acoustic and electric). Our two main teaching rooms are both equipped with Apple iMacs, linked to midi keyboards and these are used extensively in music making at All Saints. We also have full class sets of Djembe drums, glockenspiels, Ukuleles, and a mixture of tuned and untuned percussion.

Music at All Saints is primarily a practical subject as we believe that is the best way for our pupils to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding. The learning in our music curriculum takes place through the integration of performing, composing and listening activities where pupils have the opportunity to make use of the resources available.

Staff
  • Miss J Stott – Head of Departmant
  • Mr J Stevens
  • Instrumental teachers provided by Knowsley Music Service
Key Stage 3

At key stage 3, pupils follow a programme of study designed to broaden their experiences and widen their knowledge.

Year 7 Topics:
  • Singing skills
  • How to read and play music
  • Keyboard Skills 1
  • Music and Space
  • Instruments of the Orchestra
  • Night Music
  • Symphonic Poem
Year 8 Topics:
  • Chinese Music
  • Variations
  • Keyboard Skills 2
  • African Rhythms
  • Rounds and Ostinatos
  • Latin Beat
  • Ukulele 1
Key Stage 4 - GCSE

Music is offered at GCSE and we follow the Eduqas syllabus. Pupils study the following topics:

  • Western Classical Music
  • Jazz and Blues
  • Musical Theatre
  • Film Music
  • Rock and Pop Music
  • Bhangra (Bollywood)

Composing: pupils are required to produce two compositions lasting at least three minutes in total.

Performing: pupils must produce one solo performance, one ensemble and perform one of their compositions.

The course is broken down into 3 units:

Unit 1 - Performing 30%
  • 1x Solo performance - on your chosen instrument
  • 1x Ensemble performance - in a group
Unit 2 - Composing 30%
  • 1x composition - from AoS1
  • 1x composition - from AoS 2/3/4
Unit 3 - Written Exam 40%
  • Area of Study 1 - Western Classical Music
  • Area of Study 2 - Jazz, Blues and Musicals
  • Area of Study 3 - Film Music
  • Area of Study 4 - Rock and Pop Music

Pupils are assessed on their performance and composition coursework and a listening and appraising written exam based on the areas of study.

Key Stage 5 - A-Level

We provide students with the opportunity to complete an A-Level in Music following the Eduqas specification. Students can choose to major/minor in performance/composition as well as completing a written exam.

Unit 1 - Performing 25%/35%
  • This is a recital to a visiting examiner from the exam board, completed in the spring term of year 13.
Unit 2 - Composing 25%/35%
  • Students complete 2 (or 3) compositions based upon work they are studying for the written examination.
Unit 3 - Written Exam 40%

This is based upon 3 areas of Study:

  • Area of Study 1 - Western Classical Music with a focus on the Symphony (Analysis of Haydn and Mendelssohn)
  • Area of Study 2 - 20th Century Music (Analysis of Debussy and Poulenc)
  • Area of Study 3 - Musical Theatre (Analysis of R Rodgers, L Bernstein, S Sondheim, C-M Schonberg, A-L Webber and S Schwartz)
Peripatetic Instrumental Provision

Individual instrumental lessons are available through our dedicated peripatetic music teachers in:

  • Singing
  • Piano
  • Drums
  • Woodwind (flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe)
  • Guitar (classical, electrical, bass)

All Saints Catholic High School understands the importance of music in the development of its pupils, and as such invests heavily in subsidising the cost of the instrumental lessons. Instruments (in most cases) are provided free of charge by Knowsley Music Service, and the cost of the instrumental provision is largely met by All Saints, the cost to parents is £13.50 per term.

We enter pupils for external graded examinations and have had a huge success in these with a 100% pass rate (pass-distinction) in a mixture of grades 1-5.

Extra Curricular Activities

We have variety of extra–curricular opportunities at All Saints. The music and drama combine in the performing arts and offer many different opportunities for development within performing arts disciplines. From smaller performances at awards evenings, to carol singing for charity in Liverpool One, to larger Christmas productions, talent nights, culminating in the large, whole school summer production.