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Key Stage 3

Throughout the first 3 years at John Hanson students learn about Composing, Appraising and Performing a wide variety of music ranging from Classical through to Popular and World music styles. As a department we are dedicated to making music enjoyable for all and believe that music is the perfect opportunity for pupils to get creative. There is also an emphasis on independent and group work and on self and peer assessment of performances and compositions.

Year 7- In year 7 pupils explore a whole range of music and performance techniques through units such as ‘Performing Together’ focusing on singing and using their voices.

Year 8- In Year 8 student build on their skills learnt in year 7 through a range of topics including Minimalist Music, Rhythm and Junk percussion, Music for Film, and creating a musical storybook.

Year 9- The year 9 curriculum focuses on introducing students to the world of Music Technology using our Apple mac suite and Garageband software. They will learn how to play, and create music using modern studio techniques.

Homework- Homework is not formally set at KS3. However sometimes tasks will be set to include; practice and preparation of lesson materials (learning song lyrics etc.). 

Key Stage 4

At KS4 we currently offer the NCFE Music Technology Course level 2 allowing students to compose, perform music, and create music within a sound studio.

For those considering music at KS4 the most important thing is that you enjoy making music and are willing to learn an how to use a keyboard with the computer and study the technical details of music technology, software, setting up and using a studio, and how microphones, and digital audio work. You should also be someone who is willing to perform in front of others. You should also have done reasonably well in KS3 music this year!

Students will have already gained many of the basic skills needed for this course during KS3 and have been introduced to creating and performing music of their own at Key Stage 3.

Students are assessed through written research projects, compositions (one in their own chosen style and the other which is creating a soundtrack for a video) and finally a listening exam and practical examination.

Students are also encouraged to look at the many career paths that are on offer and links with local colleges are designed to assist with this. To take this course, you must be able to offer at least one instrument and have a real interest in creating music using music technology.

Homework- Home learning is a key factor in students progressing in Music Tech. Students are expected to undertake a minimum of 1 hour  per week which should contribute to their research projects, blog creation, and composition outside of class time on the Macs.

Facilities- The department boasts a large teaching classroom with an attached studio and 2 practice rooms. The department is equipped with Apple Mac computers running Musescore and Garageband and a full set of midi keyboards. We also have a second shared Performing Arts classroom for rehearsal space. The department also has two additional practice rooms that are used for 1-1 and small group instrumental teaching (1 is a large band room with Drum kit, the other with a piano).

Hampshire Music Service instrumental lessons:  We offer a range of instrumental/voice lessons to our students for a termly fee. If you already play an instrument or would like to start learning one, then secondary school is a great place to develop these skills and make friends in the process. 

Extra-curricular Opportunities

We have a school band (Mondays) and Choir (Wednesdays). Music Tech sessions take place after school on Tuesdays.

School Productions: The Music, Art, Drama departments bring the school together once every two years to create a school production/musical. Our last production was Seussical the Musical, and before that‘Little Shop of Horrors’, which are first class shows and our students were truly fantastic.  The school show is a great way to make friends and to have fun so keep your eyes out for our next show! Other shows performed at the school include; ‘High School Musical’, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Oliver’. In 2019 we are producing the musical 'Matilda'.

Performance opportunities

School concerts- including an annual Christmas Concert, KS3 showcase, KS4 showcase, Spring Concert, and Summer Drama and Music evening

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