Head of Department: Mrs K Rooney

All learners at the Academy will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills and knowledge needed to meet the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum for Music. The music department’s aims are:

  • All pupils should have the opportunity to enjoy and learn music.
  • All pupils should be able to express themselves, be creative and feel passionate about music.
  • All pupils should be inspired by excellent music teaching from staff who are passionate about music, are excellent practitioners and working musicians who have and expect high standards in all lessons.
  • All pupils should have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument or sing regardless of their background or financial circumstances.
  • All pupils should have the opportunity to participate in inclusive enrichment activities in school, regardless of their ability.
  • All pupils should be challenged and supported in their musical education in order to make progress and nurture talent and fulfil musical ambition and aspiration.

The curriculum is reviewed and evaluated regularly and updated accordingly.

We believe that our carefully planned, broad and balanced curriculum provides learners with the skills, knowledge, opportunities and experience to become confident and well-rounded musicians.

Our curriculum is implemented by ensuring that all studentsshould have experienced a wide range of music from a variety of cultures and periods of history and have developed a range of knowledge and skills in performing, listening and composing, including music technology. They should be guided in music career pathways so that they are aware of the opportunities available to them if they decide to follow music as an option.

By the end of year 7 pupils should be able to read basic notation, play and sing with some confidence and have a foundation of musical vocabulary.

By the end of year 8 pupils should have built on the skills learnt in year 7, be able to play/sing/compose more challenging music and describe and analyse music in greater detail. This will enable them to potentially choose music as a Level 2 option.

Those who choose to continue with their music education at Level 2 and Post 16 should leave with a wide range of musical skills and the potential to further their musical education with confidence.

The music curriculum is planned to enable students to be suitably prepared for the next stage in their musical education. The Key Stage 3 curriculum is planned backwards from the Level 2 specification, to ensure that pupils cover the key skills and knowledge required, whilst also experiencing enjoyment and fulfilment and the opportunity to build confidence, self-esteem and nurture talent.

The curriculum in year 7 and 8 is mainly skills and topic based in order to give them the foundation they need.

The sequence of topics is considered very carefully, based on many factors, using the National Curriculum.

Cultural Capital

The implementation of the Music curriculum includes opportunities for learners to:

  • Receive individual tuition on an instrument/voice. This is heavily subsidised by the school. Those in Year 9-13 who are studying music receive a free music lesson every week, as do other students from all year groups who are eligible for free school meals/pupil premium. Those who are not eligible for free lessons are still charged a subsidised fee of £25 per term. There is no limit to the number of instruments that they can learn, if parents are happy to pay for lessons. Many students receive their first instrument lessons free then pay for another one. Our peripatetic staff are all excellent musicians and are inspirational to the students because of their talent, personality and ability to connect with the pupils through appropriate choice of repertoire and approach to teaching.
  • Receive opportunities both in the curriculum and enrichment activities that they may not experience in their home background, such as attending concerts and musical events, visiting museums or exhibitions and having the opportunity to be a member of an audience or perform in front of others.
  • Use the music department facilities in their own time, to have the opportunity to practice and improve their musical skills, where they may not be able to do so at home.
  • Attend inclusive enrichment activities which include lunchtime clubs such as choir, band, ukulele club, perform in school concerts both in school and at external venues, and also audition for the whole school annual musical production.
  • Take part in cultural visits/trips and participate in workshops with visiting practitioners

Recent opportunities have included:

  • Christmas/Summer/Fundraising Concerts in school
  • Whole school productions of The Addams Family, Grease, Wizard of Oz
  • Performances at external concerts – St Thomas’ Church and local nursing home
  • Visits to The Beatles Story, British Music Experience and The Bridgewater Hall to see the Halle Orchestra for Key Stage 4 students
  • Songwriting Workshop in school with visiting professional.

Our Music curriculum has enabled our learners to:

  • Achieve qualifications in GCSE and RSL Level 3 Music
  • Move on to further education at colleges such as LIPA sixth form college and possible apprenticeships in the music industry.
  • Become confident musicians with the ability to progress into a variety of music industry roles.
  • Take great pride in their achievements and nurture their talent and enthusiasm for music.
  • Take external music exams through their peripatetic tutors.
The Oldershaw School
Valkyrie Road, Wallasey
Wirral CH45 4RJ
T: 0151 638 2800 E: Principal: Mr J Bush