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Music is a vibrant department where at least as much happens outside of the curriculum as within it. There are numerous performing opportunities throughout the school year, taking place both at school and other venues. Current weekly ensembles include two choirs, orchestra, jazz band, brass group, string group, guitar group and samba. The music department is central to the large scale musical productions that take place, with Our House and Oliver! being the most recent shows. We also offer our students the opportunity to experience music outside of the school having run trips in recent years to see Wicked and Matilda in the West End, and run concert tours for members of various ensembles to Belgium and the Netherlands.
Private tuition is available on most instruments for students and is provided by a team of highly skilled teachers in addition to the two full time music teachers at Fernwood.
All pupils receive one period of music tuition each week. They are introduced to a range of music from different countries, cultures and eras and learn to value music from beyond their own immediate knowledge. Pupils learn the basic skills of reading music and employ these in learning to play keyboards, performing pieces and composing their own. Students are also introduced to music technology, using one of the suites of Apple Mac computers to arrange and write their own pieces. For most of KS3, each topic area is studied for about a term and ranges from traditional African music to musical theatre, and from classical orchestral music to modern club dance.
Students can opt to choose to study GCSE Music where we teach the OCR course (J535). This course is made up of two performances (15% each), 2 compositions (10% each), 2 short written pieces of work (5% each), the creative task (20%) which tests composition and performing skills and finally, the listening exam (20%) where students learn about a wide range of different musical styles before completing the examination. We recommend the CGP revision guide for this course – GCSE Music OCR Areas of Study Revision Guide – the link is provided below.
Nottingham Music Hub (Musical opportunities on your doorstep!)