At TQEA Music lessons play a key part in the curriculum in Years 7 and 8, before becoming an optional subject at GCSE level. Students examine a number of different musical periods and genres, gaining an all-round knowledge of the subject.
Year 11 students preparing for their mock exams
In the Classroom
At TQEA Music lessons play a key part in the curriculum in Years 7 and 8, before becoming an optional subject at GCSE level. Students examine a number of differen genres, gaining an all-round knowledge of the subject.
The curriculum is designed to develop opportunities for pupils to engage in performing, composing, listening and appraising. Projects are designed so that all pupils can make progress and work to their strengths whilst developing a broad range of skills using keyboard, voice and percussion instruments.
For the new GCSE specification, sequencing is defined as a computer controlled production in which the students can create and manipulate a performance using sequencing software through a combination of step input and real time recording. The initial tracks are then manipulated using a range of MIDI controllers and software functions to create a musical outcome.
We have a brand new recording studio which is set up to a professional standard. The new equipment now allows the non-instrumentalists the opportunity to opt for GCSE music making it accessible for everyone. The new OCR Music specification offers the option of Sequencing as a performance option for both the Solo and Ensemble components of the course. This effectively means that the computer workstation becomes the student’s instrument.
Outside the Classroom
Performance events are held regularly and provide an opportunity for all pupils to be involved. Singing is at the heart of the music department with regular opportunities to sing in lessons in addition to our very popular ‘Glee Club’.
Aspiring musicians also have ample opportunity to develop their skills at The Queen Elizabeth Academy through additional tuition available in a number of different instruments. Lessons are taught by professional musicians who deliver one to one, fantastic, quality lessons.
The lessons are held on a weekly basis via a timetable clearly displayed in the music department. The timetable is on a rotation so the students never miss the same lesson more than once per half term. We are very flexible and can arrange times to suit the student’s needs.
The peripatetic teachers guide the students in their instrumental studies and recommend that they take grade exams on their instrument, this helps the students if they choose to take GCSE music as one of their options, however, if a student would like to play for their own enjoyment then that’s ok too!
Ffion Davies – Singing
James Rawson – Drums
Adam Newbery – Guitar
Adrian Taylor – Brass
Mark Bettis – Piano/Keyboard
Members of the department
Mrs L. Deeley Curriculum Leader Music