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Music

It is the aim of the Music department to provide wide and varied access to all forms of Music making. Students learn classical techniques including form and structure, note reading skills, performance techniques, improvisation and group working skills in addition to the history of the orchestra and composers. Not only this, but popular song writing, band work shopping, whole class world music sessions and composing is featured regularly at KS3.

Throughout the first 3 years at Lostock Hall Academy, access to Music from different cultures is also provided including Reggae, Jazz and Samba. Stave and TAB notation is taught for the 3 years at KS3 with access to a keyboards, guitars, bass guitars and ukuleles on a regular basis. Students also have the opportunity to follow the ‘Musical Futures’ approach to education learning all facets of the curriculum through practical musicianship. Lostock Hall Academy has also been working for a number of years with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation as a ‘Champion School for Musical Futures’.

A high proportion of students opt for GCSE/BTEC Music at the end of Year 9.

Music at Lostock Hall Academy

KS3

Year 7

  • Bridging Unit including baseline assessments, keyboard skills and vocal work.
  • Stave and TAB notation using ukuleles, guitars, bass guitars and keyboards to learn how to read Music effectively. Lyric writing and composing chords is also introduced here.
  • Instruments of the Orchestra and introduction to band work shopping giving students the chance to learn about basic classical Music and how to perform in their very own pop/rock bands.

Year 8

  • Film Music sees students learn how to recognise certain genres of film, perform different film tunes and compose melodies and lyrics.
  • Form and Structure gives students the opportunity to continue learning about classical structure (binary, ternary, rondo) and pop Music form (verse, chorus, bridge). Students also continue composing songs in the appropriate style and structure.
  • World Music ensures students listen and perform music of different cultures.

Year 9

  • Band work shopping (in at the deep end) gives students chance to perfect their group working skills whilst performing ‘Use Somebody’ in their own way. Vocal work is a must in this topic.
  • Jazz and Blues sees students learn about improvisation, blues scales, 12 bar blues chord structures and walking bass lines.
  • Own choice project is the final term of work in KS3 giving students chance to prepare for KS4 Music by specialising in a performance of their own choice either in groups or as a soloist. This encompasses all that has been learnt at KS3.

KS3 Assessment

Students are assessed twice a term (6 per year) using booklets to track progress. Mid-term assessments use peer, teacher and written assessments setting targets. End of term assessments involve recordings both using a video and audio. These are used to feedback and track progression throughout KS3.

Students playing in their bands for local primary schools

KS4

LHA Music Department has an outstanding record of results and through various performance opportunities and a practical curriculum, students in all focus groups perform consistently at GCSE level. In fact, for the past two years, LHA Music department was ranked in the top 649 (2016) and top 424 (2017) schools in England for having more than 10% of the whole year group achieve an A*-C grade in Music.

Recent results include:

  • Summer 2017 – 81% A*-C
  • Summer 2016 - 73% A*-C
  • Summer 2015 – 100% A*-C
  • The Music department prepares its students for the Eduqas examination board at GCSE level and Pearson (Edexcel) Level 1 or 2 at Btec.

KS4 students compose at length and each student is expected to perform a solo performance on an instrument of their choice, as well as an ensemble performance. They also learn about theory, critical listening skills, key words, the Music industry, set works for the exam and how to design a music event such as a concert.

There are 5 main areas of study taught at GCSE:

  • Rhythm and Metre
  • Harmony and Tonality
  • Texture and Melody
  • Timbre and Dynamics
  • Structure and Form

There are 4 main areas of study taught at Btec:

  • The Music Industry
  • Designing a Music Product
  • Composition and development
  • Performance

Students are given the opportunity to access both classical and modern musical cultures. Music ICT plays an integral part in the GCSE & Btec programmes and students are introduced to recording techniques as well as sequencing.

Further education, with the view to a career in music is introduced with visits to Newman College, Runshaw College and Blackburn College.

Extra-Curricular Music

Opportunities are also provided for students to take part in extra-Curricular activities in school. These include Samba Band, Swing Band, Soul Band, Brass Band, various Rock Bands, Choir and seasonal ensembles such as Steel Band and Ukulele Club.

These groups perform all over the Lancashire area on a regular basis.

Through Subject lead for Music, Mr Doyle, the school has a sustainable link with one of the world’s best brass bands, The Leyland Band and students perform regularly with this outfit and attend rehearsals and tutor days also.

Student Support

  • Gain an understanding of the schemes of work by looking online.
  • Research the topic on the internet or at the library with your child.
  • Attend concerts/shows.
  • Encourage your child to practise at home.
  • Make Music fun at home.
  • Help your child to learn spellings of key words specific to Music.
  • Key words can be found in the pupil planner.
  • Give your child opportunity to perform at family events.
  • Enrol your child at local Music groups/events.
  • Enter Music competitions.
  • Encourage your child to attend extra-curricular Music activities.
  • Check Show My Homework and ensure homework is completed.