Strategic Lead for Performance: Mr M. Osborne | mosborne@themast.co.uk

Music develops the students’ social, creative and artistic skills and forms a foundation for a fulfilling and interesting life. For some it is the beginning of a specialised career and for others it enriches their life as a leisure activity.

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What do we offer?

Each student has one hour long music lesson each week. Lessons are entirely practical and involve performing, composing and listening to music. In each lesson we sing, create music in groups or using music technology and listen to and evaluate each other's work. Students have the opportunity to develop a broad mix of skills during their time at Scissett. In November 2018 the department was awarded Music Mark, which is an award in recognition of our commitment to providing high quality music education for all children and young people. This accolade has re-awarded in each year since.

How is the department resourced?

A specialist music classroom equipped with

  • 15 iMac computers, which the students use for composition and music production tasks.
  • Keyboards and pianos
  • Electronic drum kits
  • Electric, acoustic and bass guitars
  • A class set of ukuleles
  • A class set of African djembe drums
  • Lots of classroom percussion instruments (xylophones, glockenspiels, various drums, class sets of handheld percussion instruments etc.)

We have 4 well equipped music practice rooms that are used as rehearsal spaces during lessons and 2 further music teaching rooms used to teach instrumental lessons to individuals or small groups.


What do we study?

Year 6

What Is Music?

Introduction to the elements of music

Focus on singing technique

A ukulele transition unit based around the song Best Day of My Life by American Authors

Keyboard Kick-Off

Introduction and development of keyboard skills

Using the 5-finger keyboard technique to learn a variety of keyboard melodies

Beginning to understand and develop how read notated music from the stave

I Got Rhythm

Introduction to djembe drumming techniques

Reading rhythmic notation

Creating drumming compositions that include call and response, cross rhythms and other musical features

Composing For Film

Using music technology to create a composition to accompany a scene from The Lion King

Introduction to basic music technology skills including automation and recording parts using a MIDI keyboard

Exploring the use of leitmotifs in film music

Mash It Up

Developing chord playing skills on the keyboard and ukulele by performing a variety of 4-chord songs

Learning about major and minor tonalities

Creating a mash-up of 4 chord songs and performing as part of a group

 

Year 7

Instruments of The Orchestra

Developing knowledge and a deeper understanding of the instruments in the four families of the orchestra

Revisiting and developing notation reading skills and keyboard technique

Blues

A mixture of performance and composition tasks using the 12 bar blues chord sequence and walking bass lines

Introduction to improvisation using the blues scale

Developing keyboard and ukulele skills putting together a group arrangement

Minimalism

Exploring the style and the key features of minimalism

Creating cell-based minimalist compositions that use phasing, melodic transformation, and other key features of the style

Rock Band 1

Developing skills on the electric guitar, bass guitar, drum kit and keyboard

Learning how to read from tab notation

Performing Wild Thing by The Troggs as part of a rock band

Develop an understanding of popular music from 1950’s – 1970’s with a particular focus on Elvis Presley and The Beatles

Samba

An introduction to Latin American music including the instruments commonly heard in a Samba band

Learning a variety of Samba rhythms and performing these in class and smaller group performances

 

Year 8

The Waltz

Exploring the history of the waltz including key composers

Extended composition of a Waltz that demonstrates an understanding of the key features of the style

Rock Band Part 2

Further developing skills introduced in Rock Band 1, including instrumental skills on the electric guitar, bass guitar, drum kit and keyboard.

Presenting a performance of an ‘own choice’ rock band piece

Develop an understanding of popular music from 1980’s to the present day with a particular focus on Queen and Oasis and the Britpop movement

Advanced Piano

Further developing piano technique including recapping all aspects of reading from notation, including five finger technique.

Revisiting previously studied styles of music to consolidate knowledge.

Remixing Using music technology to create an authentic remix of a song. this involves taking a current pop song, isolating the vocal stems and then building the song back up using advanced music technology skills

Music staff and instrument lessons

We have one full time music class teacher, Mr M Osborne and 9 peripatetic staff from Musica Kirklees who offer lessons on the following:

Tutor Instrument
Mrs L. Pearson Piano and Keyboard
Mrs T. Mansfield Woodwind
Miss L. Stafford Flute
Mr A. Kingham Brass
Mrs C. Clegg Drum Kit and Percussion
Mr M. Crone Electric and Bass Guitar
Mr P. Batchelar Classical Guitar
Miss K. Chappell Upper Strings
Mrs J. Worboys-Hodgson Lower Strings
Mr S. Bradnum Voice (Pop and Musical Theatre)
Mrs T. Waller Voice (Classical)

Around a hundred students have weekly lessons from Musica Kirklees and many more have private lessons. Students interested in starting instrument lessons should see Mr Osborne for details and an application form.


Music Clubs

Day and Time Club Description

Monday

12:20 - 12:50

Pop Choir For all students who love to sing. We perform a range of pop and musical theatre and perform in concerts in school and in the local community.

Tuesday

12:20 - 12:50

Garageband Club A chance to develop creative composition skills. We do multimedia projects or compositions to a set brief. (Year 7 and 8 only)

Wednesday

12:20 - 12:50

Wind Band For all woodwind and brass players. Beginner upwards. The Wind Band perform at concerts in and out of school, including touring our feeder First Schools.

Thursday

12:20 - 12:50

Rock Band For students to unleash the rock star within. Open to all students who want to learn the electric guitar, bass guitar and drums and form bands. (Year 7 & 8 only)

Friday

12:20 - 12:50

String Ensemble For Violins, Violas, Cellos and Double basses. Beginner upwards. The String Ensemble perform at concerts in and out of school, including touring our feeder First Schools.

Pupils are also encouraged to set up their own groups and use the practice rooms at break and lunchtime. A booking system is in operation.
 


Enrichment Opportunities

There are a number of in-house concerts each year, which feature all of the school’s ensembles and a variety of solo acts. As well as our two main concerts, at Christmas and in the spring, our students have lots of opportunities to perform at events in school and in the community. Be sure to check the school’s social media pages to keep updated with all that is going on.

Every Christmas we arrange for Musica Kirklees’ Staff Orchestra and Staff Rock Band to come and entertain students. These concerts are great fun, with the ensembles playing diverse repertoire and introducing our students to the instruments on show.

The Performance department organise an annual whole-school trip for all students to watch a pantomime. In the Spring term our Wind Band and String Ensemble undertake tours of a

selection of our feeder schools. There are many other opportunities for students to perform in the community throughout the year, at local festivals and events, for example.

 

Musical Production

Musicals have become a big highlight of the school year at Scissett Middle School. After performing Aladdin in 2019 and The Lion King in 2020, in April 2022, 140 students worked for months to prepare for our production of Matilda Jr. Cast rehearsals are twice weekly after school beginning in the first half term but there are a number of roles available to students including sound and lighting technicians, hair and make-up assistants and stage managers. These productions always include a trip to London to watch the show in the West End to inspire our students as they are preparing. In February 2023 we are performing Mary Poppins Jr! Please follow the school’s social media pages for updates.

 

  

Click here for a link to the Matilda Jr. photo gallery.

Mary Poppins Jr 2023

Link to Mary Poppins Jr Songs


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