OUR MUSIC SCHOOL
As an important part of our curriculum, we want to ensure that every child has the opportunity to listen, perform, explore and enjoy a wide range of music. We have access to a diverse array of specialist teachers, facilities and instruments allowing us to put practical music making at the heart of what we do.
OUR MUSIC CURRICULUM
Music is a set part of the curriculum from Nursery through Year 9. Students in these years will have at least one dedicated music lesson per week. The curriculum for these years has been recently redesigned to make it more diverse, more practical, more focussed on SMSC, and most importantly, more fun! We now have a dedicated Junior Music specialist teacher, who will focus on Nursery to Year 3 while the rest of our team will share the teaching of Years 4 – 13. There is now more of a focus on Music Production and the use of sequencing software in Key Stages 2 and 3, so that our students can develop skills to prepare them for a future in the Music industry, if they wish.
Once students leave Year 9, Music is no longer a compulsory part of the curriculum, but they have many options if they wish to continue. Within the Years 10 & 11 timetable, they can opt for our Music GCSE and at Sixth Form then can study Music and Music Technology A-Levels as well as a new Music BTEC.
We also have a team of peri teachers who offer private lessons throughout the week.
Outside of the timetable, there are a wealth of opportunities both in a range of performances that run throughout the year (see below) and in our extensive extracurricular clubs, such as: Wind Group, Saxophone Ensemble, String Ensemble, Music Tech Club, GCSE Music Drop-In, Senior Band Workshop, Junior Band Workshop, Senior Choir, Junior School Singers and Flute Ensemble.
Our aim is to incorporate Music into as many aspects of the school as possible. We have recently purchased a busking speaker to allow our musicians to perform on a whim and there is a jam piano (kindly painted by Year 7 Art students) available outside the Aldridge Theatre. We have also secured a Classical Spotlight at the beginning of each series of Morning Talks which run throughout the year.
The Music Department is buzzing with student band rehearsals, and our newly purchased drum kits and amps are getting a lot of use. There are now three rooms that are plug-and-play ready for jamming, and the studio is up and running for recording.
OUR 2021/22 PERFORMANCES
PERIPATETIC MUSIC LESSONS
In addition to teaching music lessons as part of the curriculum from Early Years right through to A Level, we can also offer individual instrumental and vocal tuition during the school day to students in Year 3 upwards. If you would like your child to receive individual lessons, please read the FAQs document (link below) and then complete the Music Application Form. Our team of visiting music teachers teach almost 200 lessons every week, which may include:
· Guitar (Acoustic, Classical, Electric and Bass)
· Voice (Classical, Musical Theatre, Jazz and Rock & Pop)
· Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone
· Violin, Viola
· Trumpet, Trombone
· Music Theory
We may also be able to arrange lessons for instruments that we don't currently teach; please get in touch with us to enquire!
If you would like your child to have individual lessons here at Frensham, please complete the Music Application Form.