Head of Department: Mr M. Osborne |
Music is a universal form of communication, able to elicit a response even when its structure and vocabulary are not fully understood.
We enjoy our music at Scissett. It develops the children's social, creative and artistic skills and forms a foundation for a fulfilling and interesting quality of life. For some it is the beginning of a specialised career and for others it enriches their life as a leisure activity.
Scissett Middle School String Ensemble
Members of Scissett Middle School Pop Choir
Around a hundred children have lessons from Kirklees Music School and many more have private lessons.
Two members of Only Boys Aloud
We embrace our Gifted and Talented musicians in school by providing extra activities for them to perform and many of our Additional Needs pupils have lessons on an instrument.
We organise concerts throughout the year, for example the annual Christmas Concert and Summer Concert. This year’s ‘Christmas Cracker’ was exactly that, a cracker! It featured ensembles and soloists from the many talented musicians at Scissett Middle School.
This year our Woodwind Ensemble has also performed at the National Festival of Music for Youth in March and did us all proud! This Festival is one of many taking place across the country giving school, community, music centre and County groups a chance to perform and we will receive an adjudication on our performance.
Our summer concert ‘Scissett Fest 2015’ was held on Thursday 2nd July 2015. The pupils rocked the audience with a variety of solos and ensemble performances.
Scissett Middle School Wind Ensemble
During the year we create many different opportunities for our children to make music. The school has hosted diversity days where music was one of the featured activities and we enjoyed workshops including Indian and Chinese music.
We invite professional musicians into school to work with our pupils, including groups from The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and the Kirklees Music School peripatetic staff orchestra who perform to the children at Christmas.
We are an Arts Mark Gold School, which is a national award lasting for 3 years each time - we have received this award 4 times. In conjunction with the Art Department, we enter pupils for the Arts Award scheme in Year 8.
Music enjoys a high profile in this school.
Kirklees Music School Bands
Scissett Middle School Music department regularly invite the Kirklees Music School Staff Orchestra to entertain the pupils at some point every year. This year they performed just before Christmas, treating us to an array of festive and orchestral pieces. Thom Meredith, the conductor, quizzed pupils on their knowledge of the orchestra and the pieces they heard.
Kirklees Music School Staff Rock Band entertained our pupils with a whistle stop tour of popular music from the Blues to the present day.