Music

“When words fail, music speaks.”

At Fearnhill, we believe in provided opportunities and experiences for all students to get involved with different styles and types of musics from around the world and through the ages.

YEAR 7

Units include Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Pulse, Instruments of the Orchestra, Form and Structure, Performance Masterclass and Film/Cartoon Music

YEAR 8

Units include Blues, Reggae, African Drumming, Ground Bass, Samba, and Composition

YEAR 9

We cover… Film Music, Ukulele Project, Theme and Variations, Best Years of our lives (Band project), Club/Dance music.

YEAR 10 & 11

Do you enjoy performing music, on your own or in groups? Do you like making up your own music? Do you enjoy listening to different types of music? If you can answer ‘Yes!’ to these questions, then the GCSE Music course may be for you! We study the Edexcel syllabus which combines Performing (30%), Composing (30%) and Listening/Appraising (40%). For the exam we study 8 pieces including Killer Queen, Star Wars, Defying Gravity and Beethoven.

YEAR 12 & 13

We study the Edexcel syllabus which combines Performing (30%), Composing (30%) and Listening/Appraising (40%). Students study 18 piece in depth ranging from Classical up to modern day rock and hiphop/jazz. Students learn how to analyse a piece of music (both familiar and unfamiliar) and how to compose for a set brief.

ASSESSMENT

More details can be found below.

EXAM BOARD LINKS

CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

Fearnhill Voices (Tuesday lunch), Brass Band (Thursday after school), Ukulele club (Friday lunch). We are proud to offer students at Fearnhill the opportunity to experience various musical and theatrical shows. During the coming year, there will be trips to both local and London based musicals and concerts for students to attend and broaden their musical experiences. Finally, for KS4 and 5 students, we have Musical Theory Support running on Monday’s after school – to help you read music better, analyse scores and to general improve your ability and confidence in the music exams.

FAQs

  • Can I pay for instrumental lessons?
    Yes – we provide instrumental lessons from Herts Music Service. Funding is available for students on free school meals or pupil premium.

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