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Music is a popular subject at Walworth Academy. The department has two teaching classrooms equipped with keyboards, one large ensemble room, a computer room equipped with Apple Mac computers, a recording studio, seven practice rooms and an instrumental storage room/office, containing a wide variety of both acoustic and electrical instruments. The Music teaching staff consists of three full-time teachers and four peripatetic, all of whom has wide ranging experience and knowledge of different musical styles and computer software, allowing a varied and broad curriculum to be offered at all key stages. KS3 and 4 pupils showing a keen interest in learning or developing their skills in playing a musical instrument are offered free instrumental lessons. These lessons are currently offered once a week on a one-to-one basis and are very popular.
All pupils are encouraged to perform at various events, whether it be in school or out of school – this promotes self-esteem, listening skills and teamwork.
At Key stage 3, all year 7 pupils enjoy two Music teaching lessons a week, whereas the year 8s and year 9s enjoy one lesson a week. The department follows the National Curriculum in Music for pupils in Years 7, 8, and 9.
Some of the units of work pupils can expect to complete at KS3 include;
Musical Futures and songwriting.
Inside out and creative workshop.
Music at KS4 is becoming a popular optional subject. The department follows the OCR GCSE Music specification, an exciting specification which has a wide range of instrumental choices and which, in addition to traditional activities, now includes beatboxing, DJ-ing and sequencing – making it more appealing for the pupils.
Music is not currently offered at Key Stage 5 however there is a view to offered it in the near future.
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