Music is considered to be a very important aspect of learning and life at Windsor and it operates within the Technology and Arts Faculty alongside Art, Graphics and Product Design.
We are an extremely busy and committed department who believe that ‘music is for all’ regardless of age, gender, ability and interests. We believe that Music offers unparalleled opportunities for the development of imagination, sensitivity, inventiveness and essential elements that make up a balanced curriculum.
Our aims provide opportunities for students to:
- Stimulate their imagination and encourage the desire to participate in music making of any kind.
- Develop students’ individual aural perception and ability to understand and appreciate a wide range of music in order to promote an awareness of oneself, our world and its cultures thus aiding social integration.
- Encourage an appreciation of the importance the role of music has in a modern society and how it is used to manipulate the emotions of the individual.
- Develop the capacity to express ideas and feelings practically, verbally and symbolically through the medium of sound.
- Develop an awareness of musical traditions and developments and allow individuals to explore their musical skills through composing, performing, listening and appraising.
- Encourage musical performance in the classroom and outside the school curriculum and build links with the wider community.
- Encourage students to take responsibility in the department by taking on roles as Music Head Leaders, Deputy Leaders and Mentors.
Accommodation and Resources
The Music block was completed in December 2005 and is situated above the Dance studio.
Music is taught in two main classrooms, plus we also have a small fully equipped IT suite, containing IMACS, synthesisers and recording equipment. In addition to this, our thirteen visiting instrumental teachers use accompanying practice rooms to teach specific instrumental lessons and these rooms are also accessible for our own students to practice in during lessons times as well as lunch and after school times.
The complete department consists of two main teaching classrooms, an IT room, a store room and three practice rooms.
All main classrooms contain interactive whiteboards and a vast collection of equipment including keyboards, percussion instruments, recording equipment and ICT music software, microphones, amplifiers, music text resources, CDs / DVDs, iPod docks and other music equipment.
At Key Stage 3, the Arts programme works on a rotational basis with Art and Drama. When studying Music, students receive one double lesson per week lasting 100 minutes.
At Key Stage 4, students receive three lessons per week, each lasting 50 minutes.
Please note that any students who receive instrumental lessons from visiting teachers of ‘Dudley Performing Arts’ or by Windsor staff will be allocated a specific lesson time per week on their chosen instrument. All organisation of these lessons including registering for music tuition and payments of lessons are monitored directly by the music department.
At both Key Stages 3 and 4, students are organised into mixed ability groups. For general classroom work they are seated boy / girl as this has been proven to be an effective method to facilitate good teaching and learning and ensure high standards are met.
The Key Stage 3 Scheme of Work is divided into two or three annual topics which are studied in depth. These are designed and organised in such a way that they enable students to build on their strengths and develop their musicianship year on year.
At Key Stage 4, students study GCSE Music according to the OCR syllabus.
A large number of our students are involved in our music clubs. These operate on a weekly basis and range from classical instrumental ensembles through to choirs and rock bands.
Each term, our music clubs are reviewed by staff and extra – curricular timetables are published and sent out to tutor groups and are advertised in the school newsletter. We are constantly reviewing our music groups to cater for the interests of both our staff and Students.
Concerts take place on a regular basis and range from school productions, general music themed concerts, GCSE Recital Evenings, Christmas activities and joint concerts with other organisations, as well as performances in the community and with Dudley Performing Arts.
In addition to this, we also offer opportunities for students to involve themselves in Music Workshops such as African drumming, Salsa, Blues Performance, Jazz Masterclasses, DJ mixing etc.
See the list below of some of our music events that have taken place previously:
- Performances at Music Intake Evenings
- Awards Evenings
- ‘Lighting of the Christmas Tree in Halesowen’ music event
- St Margaret’s Church, Hasbury Christmas Carol Service
- Performances at Christmas Fair and Summer Fun Day
- Dudley Performing Arts Events
- Performer’s Platform – weekly summer outdoor performances
- House competitions
- Various pop musicians and/or workshops at our summer activities festival
- GCSE Music Recital Evening
- Primary school performances
- Summer Arts Festival
- Classical concerts
- Music productions