Music

Introduction and benefits

Why do so many students, parents and staff love Music at Colston’s Girls’ School? We have a vibrant music curriculum, a fantastic range of instrumental groups and choirs, tailor-made individual music lessons and exciting opportunities to perform in school and in major venues around the city and beyond. Music is delivered by highly-qualified and inspirational staff in a stunning new Music Pavilion complete with spacious classrooms, a Music Technology suite and practice rooms, with a brand-new theatre in the neighbouring Arts Block.

What do our parents say? “Music is the heartbeat of the school.”

What do we say? “Read on to find out more, and come along to see for yourself what makes Music at Colston’s Girls’ School so special.”

What do our parents say? “Music is the heartbeat of the school.”

What do we say? “Read on to find out more, and come along to see for yourself what makes Music at Colston’s Girls’ School so special.”

Curriculum outline

Year 7

We focus on the key skills of listening and appraising, composing and performing. Topics include:

  • Musical Elements
  • Winter Festivities
  • Ukulele Skills
  • Keyboard Skills
  • Composing Using Music Technology
  • Orchestral Families

Students are introduced to music technology using Sibelius in our Apple Mac suite to compose. They use classroom instruments and singing for group work, composition and performance, where they are encouraged to work collaboratively.

  • Musical elements
  • Orchestral families
  • Pentatonic round the world
  • Music from Africa, India and Indonesia
  • Rhythm Recycled
  • Students are introduced to music technology and use GarageBand on the Apple computers to build up their compositions. They use classroom instruments for group work, composing and performance, where they are encouraged to work together and share ideas.

Year 8

We focus on the key skills of listening and appraising, composing and performing. Topics include:

  • Reggae
  • Music Industry
  • Ground Bass
  • Minimalism
  • Rap
  • Fusion

Students continue to develop their music technology skills using Sibelius and Garage Band in our Apple Mac suite to compose. They use classroom instruments and singing for group work, composition and performance, where they are encouraged to work collaboratively. Fluency and confidence in performance are key targets.

Year 9

We focus on the key skills of listening and appraising, composing and performing. Topics include:

  • Musical Theatre
  • Film Music
  • Blues & Jazz
  • Pop Issues
  • Arrangements

Students continue to develop their music technology skills using Sibelius and Garage Band in our Apple Mac suite to compose using both audio and visual media. They use classroom instruments and singing for group work, composition and performance, where they are encouraged to work collaboratively. Fluency and confidence in improvisation are key targets.

Year 10

We follow the Edexcel specification. In Year 10 topics include:

Listening and Appraising: study of set works

  • Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik 3rd Movt
  • Rainbow Since You’ve Been Gone

Year 11

We follow the Edexcel specification. In Year 11 topics include:

Listening and Appraising: study of set works from Area of Study 1 (Western classical music 1600-1899)

  • Handel ‘And the Glory of the Lord’ from Messiah
  • Mozart Symphony no 40, 1st Movt
  • Chopin Raindrop Prelude

Listening and Appraising: study of set works from Area of Study 3 (Popular Music in context)

  • Miles Davis All Blues
  • Jeff Buckley Grace
  • Moby Why does my heart feel so bad?
  • Solo and ensemble performance

Listening and Appraising: study of set works from Area of Study 2 (Music in the 20th century)

  • Schönberg Peripetie from Five Orchestral Pieces
  • Bernstein Something’s Coming from West Side Story
  • Reich Electric Counterpoint

Listening and Appraising: study of set works from Area of Study 4 (World Music)

  • Capercaillie Skye Waulking Song
  • Rag Desh
  • Koko Yiri
  • Solo and ensemble performance and recording
  • Composition and Controlled Assessment 2

Controlled Assessment

  • Solo Performance
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Minimalist Composition
  • Free Composition

Resources

  • GarageBand
  • Logic
  • Sibelius
  • Classroom and Own instruments
  • Keyboards
  • Guitars
  • Edexcel GCSE Music Anthology
  • Edexcel GCSE Music Textbook
  • WJEC GCSE Music Textbook

Extra curricular

  • Soul Choir – a non-auditioned pop music choir for all
  • Junior Chamber Choir – a non-auditioned choir
  • Chamber Choir – an auditioned choir
  • Strictly Strings – for beginner string players
  • Senior Strings – for advanced string players
  • Big noise – a beginner wind band
  • Concert Band – an advanced wind band
  • Chamber Orchestra – for advanced orchestral instrumentalists
  • Rock Band
  • Folk Group
  • Ukulele Group
  • Grade 3 and Grade 5 theory classes

Our students say:

“Music GCSE broadens my understanding and therefore my love for the music I play and listen to.” – Year 10 student

Staff contacts

  • Miss R Saffin – Director of Music
  • Mrs E Mumford – Teacher of Music
  • Mrs N Barnes (Flute)
  • Mr A Bennett (Cello)
  • Mr R Cordrey (Guitar)
  • Mr B Groenwelt (Double Bass)
  • Mrs A Howell (Piano)
  • Mr D Kenna (Piano)
  • Ms M Krawiec (Flute)
  • Mrs D McAdam (Voice)
  • Mrs L McCabe (Violin)
  • Mr J Newman (Drum Kit)
  • Mr M Packman (Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone)
  • Mrs C Sorensen (Bassoon)
  • Mrs J Walton (Voice)
  • Mr R Webb (Brass)
  • Mrs R Whitworth (Violin)