St Gregory School March 2013-391

Music at St Gregory The Great

“Music can be magic.” It calls forth all human virtues: imagination, discipline, teamwork, determination. It enriches and inspires.

Music is important in itself and for its ability to change how we think, feel and act. It plays a prominent part in young people’s lives, both in and out of school, and from the very earliest age.

As a school, we believe music has a unique contribution to make to the education of all children, not just those with the potential to become great professional musicians and composers. We know that the creativity at the heart of music-making motivates young people to succeed across the whole curriculum. Music promotes social and cultural values, uniting and building our diverse community.

Our vision is that pathways for progression in music will allow all young people to access a rich and diverse range of musical experiences, within and outside school. We create opportunities for young people to pursue their interest wherever it takes them and to develop their talents to the full, leading to a passion for music which will last throughout their lives. For some this will lead directly to careers in music – as teachers, producers, composers or performers.

Music at Key Stage 3 offers every year 7 the opportunity to play a range of musical instruments including the guitar and the keyboard. In Year 7 they will learn to play a brass instrument and be given the opportunity to continue with this individually if they wish. Singing plays a large part in our school’s life and all students will be encouraged to perform in a range of situations both in the classroom and for wider school events. Students discover a wide range of musical styles ranging from Opera to Reggae, learn how to read and write musical notation, experience performing in a variety of contexts and begin to compose music.

At KS4 we offer GCSE Music and GCSE Expressive Arts. In the sixth form we offer Music, Performance Studies and Music Technology A Levels. We support your learning with regular theatre trips including visits to London theatres. We have a state of the art recording studio, operate a school radio station and have a Music Technology room equipped with Apple Mac computers and Sibelius and Logic software.

We have a broad choice of enrichment activities including show choir, rock challenge, brass band, rock bands and a variety of small ensembles. We hold regular concerts and other performances throughout the year. Previous projects have included “Oliver”, “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Yanomamo” and “Hagbane’s Doom” in collaboration with our primary partners. We provide opportunities for students to develop their Music Technology skills and learn how to use a radio station.