Music makes a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Pupils in years 7-9 follow a mainly practical curriculum where they are encouraged to work together to learn to create and perform music in a variety of styles, including world music and electronic music. Pupils also enjoy learning to notate music through a series of theory exercises and use of music technology.
GCSE Music – Edexcel, code 2Mu01 (from 2010)
Music is a popular option at Key Stage four with classes in years 10 and 11 leading to the Edexcel GCSE. During the course you will develop skills in composition, performance and listening through assignments in a series of modules. There are four areas of study:
- Western Classical Music 1600-1899
- Music of the twentieth century
- Popular music in context
- World music
Coursework is completed under controlled conditions and consists of two compositions, one solo performance and one ensemble performance. The GCSE course provides a suitable foundation for further study such as AS and A Level Music/Music Technology.
Pupils of all abilities and ages have opportunities to extend their learning outside the classroom through a wide range of clubs and activities, which include:
- String Ensemble
- GCSE Club
- Pop Choir
- Senior Choir
- Stage band
- Theory Club
- Ukulele club
Concerts & Events
The Music Department calendar is always very busy and includes concerts or musical items in Prize-giving ceremonies, Whole School Open Evenings, in addition to Christmas Concerts, GCSE Concerts, Arts Festivals and whole school Musical Productions. Recent productions have included: Bugsy Malone, 13, The Sound Of Music, Fame, Hairspray and We Will Rock You.
Another successful Arts Festival!
Congratulations to all who were involved in the spectacular evening of Art, Dance, Drama, Media, Music, Photography, Technology and delicious food! Thank you to all pupils and staff involved and a huge thank you to the massive audience who supported the performers and artists on the evening.
Messages from parents….
“…..a really excellent Arts Festival last Thursday. Netherhall School at its very best - great exhibits and performances, plus fantastic support from the kids for their peers' hard work and stagecraft.”
“.. I have attended (and a long time ago, been part of) a lot of school exhibitions, concerts and shows over the years - but I have never been to one as impressive as last night.
It wasn’t only the content and standard of the Art work, drama, dance and music that was so impressive - but the engagement and sheer joy actually of the children in what they were doing.”
“Just wanted to say well done to everyone involved in the arts festival - we enjoyed the evening so much, and there was such a great atmosphere.”
Visits to musical events include trips to theatres in London to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wicked, Phantom Of The Opera, Sweeney Todd, London Philharmonic and the annual Carol service for Cambridgeshire Schools in the chapel of King’s College.
Visiting teachers from Cambridgeshire Music offer tuition in a wide range of instruments. To arrange lessons, please visit the following website: www.cambridgeshiremusic.org
To arrange singing lessons please contact Karen Collard on 07889 954881
To arrange percussion lessons place contact Ian Pickering on 07990598568