Music is part of our everyday lives and is a very broad genre. At JKHS we realise that playing music is the key to learning and is the most rewarding aspect leading to a thirst for further listening, a hobby or even a career.
Music is divided into three areas: performance, listening and composing. Through using pieces that students know as a starting point we investigate and use the elements of music, initially developing performance skills on the keyboard, guitar, bass guitar and drums and then to create their own pieces. Students may also use their own specialist instruments when appropriate to the topic.
We are keen that students have a sense of achievement, apply acquired knowledge and performance skills to their own everyday music and open doors to allow students to enjoy and appreciate any music they come across.
The Music department is a purpose built block with excellent facilities that was financed by sponsors and a music grant. We have three main classrooms equipped with keyboards and/or computers, one being a specialist Mac suite, two fully equipped studios and a central recording/mixing control room plus three practice rooms.
Key Stage 3
The topics covered at Key Stage 3 enable students to build their performance skills leading to specialising on one instrument in Year 9. The topics also ensure students have a good grounding in the Elements of Music and basic theory to facilitate greater understanding of how music works. Progress is monitored through major performance or a composition – skills that allow our students to access the Key Stage 4 Music courses.
Mrs Debra Blake
Head of Music
The order of topics within the year may vary due to specialist instrument availability.
Key Stage 4
We are very lucky at JKHS that we can offer both Music GCSE and BTEC Music level 2 as two separate options enabling a program that is appropriate for each of the course requirements and student strengths. Both GCSE and BTEC students use the new Mac Suite to complete coursework either using Logic Pro X or Sibelius.
The EDUQAS course is 40% listening exam with two set works, 30% composing and 30% performing. The areas of study are Musical forms and devices, Music for ensemble, Film music and Popular music.
BTEC Music First Award Level 2
The following topics are covered in the Pearson course:
The Music Industry- 25% formal exam
Introduction to music recording
Introduction to music sequencing
Managing a Music product- Organising a Concert within the school.
Key Stage 5
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in ‘Sound Engineering’
BTEC Level 3 ‘Sound Engineering’ is worth one A level and allows students to keep the breadth of other subjects so as not to limit career options. Many of our students have gone on to study sound engineering at university or music colleges. Students fully utilise the studios and Mac Suite covering live sound, studio recording techniques, Digital Audio Workstations (DAW), mixing and working as part of a production team. The Pearson specification can be viewed here.
Students can have instrumental tuition at JKHS and there is a team of specialist peripatetic teachers covering flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, viola, all brass instruments, drums, vocals, piano, keyboard and guitar, including bass guitar.
There are a number of music clubs running through the year and students can also book practice rooms at lunchtime for their own individual use or band rehearsal.
We offer: Orchestra, senior and junior choir, clarinet group, saxophone ensemble, rock club and music technology club.