The Music department at TMWS is one of the busiest departments in school with many activities for students to participate in, we have a state of the art facility with one main teaching room with seating for up to 80 students, interactive white boards, 18 keyboards, 18 Computer systems with the very latest version of Sibelius, Digital recording studio, Three practice suites, and many hundreds of instruments including percussion, guitar, ukulele, keyboards, brass, woodwind and strings. We also have a dedicated percussion studio which is behind our main school stage. Our performance space is equipped with a 10K PA System and digital control LED lighting.
Music is taught in form groups 1 hour per week throughout year 7 & 8. Students are exposed to a wide variety of musical experiences which take them to areas of the world, and music which they would probably not normally study.
Year 7: Basic Musical Notation, Chords, Recording using Audacity, Form & Structure, Musical Cliches, Sea Shanties, Ukuleles, Theme and Variations, The Samba.
Year 8: Musical Cycles, Soundscapes, Hooks and Riffs, Jazz, Awkward Time Signatures, Music and Film, Song Writing Project.
We also use some elements from the BBC 10 Pieces Secondary to enhance these topics.
Current Year 11 Edexcel GCSE Music 2009 (Final Year)
Students of our Edexcel GCSE in Music will learn to perform, compose and appreciate different types of music, developing critical and creative thinking, cultural, aesthetic and emotional awareness, and the ability to make music individually and as part of a group. This is the final year of this course which will be replaced by the new GCSE Music Course.
Performance 30% – One solo and one Ensemble Performance.
Composition 30% – Two pieces from different areas of study.
Examination 40% – Written listening and appraisal exam. Using 10 of the 12 set works.
New GCSE: Exam Board Edexcel Music 2016
Current Year 10 Students.
Performance: Must perform at least two pieces
Solo performance: this must be of at least one minute in duration, and may comprise one or more piece.
Ensemble performance: this must be of at least one minute in duration,and may comprise one or more pieces
Performances must be completed in the academic year the student completes the qualification.
Minimum total performing time (both performances combined) is 4 minutes.
Total performances under 4 minutes will be awarded 0 marks.
Composition: Must compose at least two pieces.
One piece must respond to an awarding body set brief.
One piece must be free composition.
Minimum total composition time (both pieces combined) is 3 minutes.
Total performances under 3 minutes will be awarded 0 marks.
Instrumental Music 1700–1820
J.S. Bach: 3rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D major
L. van Beethoven: 1st Movement from Piano Sonata no. 8 in C minor ‘Pathéique’
H. Purcell: ‘Music for a While’
Queen: ‘Killer Queen’ (from the album Sheer Heart Attack)
Music for Stage and Screen
S. Schwartz: ‘Defying Gravity’ (from the album of the cast recording of Wicked)
J. Williams: ‘Main title/rebel blockade runner’ (from the soundtrack to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)
Afro Celt Sound System: ‘Release’ (from the album Volume 2: Release)
Esperanza Spalding: ‘Samba em Preludio’ (from the album Esperanza)
Extra Curricular Activites:
We have numerous extracurricular activities including a vast array of visiting peripatetic teachers. Choir, Bands, and smaller ensembles.
You can choose to study music at college and university. You can then go into numerous roles including music teacher, music therapist or follow a career as a professional musician or rockstar!