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Music

General Introduction:

Music is a really important part of life at Ealing Fields High School, with live music being performed daily in assemblies and events, and all pupils encouraged to take part in wider-learning music activities. Termly concerts give all students the chance to perform.

From September 2019 Ealing Fields will be offering Specialist Music Places on entry into Year 7. 10% of the places offered by the school will be available as Specialist Music Places, decided by the Twyford Trust Music Aptitude Tests in the preceding Autumn term. These Music Scholars will greatly add to the already flourishing musical life at Ealing Fields.

The focus of the Music Curriculum at Ealing Fields is built around practical music, with all students in Years 7 and 8 learning how to play a musical instrument and learning how to sing together. During these sessions, students develop their ability to listen critically to the music they are playing, to music performed by others and, most importantly, to each other. Music is taught in two sessions: in the first session, students are split into five groups to learn Keyboards, Violins, Clarinets or Trumpet. In the second session, they come together to sing as one large choir, covering a range of songs from Gospel, West End Musicals and Classical music.

We believe that these sessions demonstrate our commitment to providing an innovative approach to music teaching which takes the best elements of whole class instrumental teaching and builds on it to ensure that every child develops the high level of musical skill, knowledge and empathy that comes from learning to play music as part of an ensemble.

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Year 7 Overview:

Term One: Instruments of the Orchestra – Students will develop their note-reading and ensemble performing skills through using their instrument to perform music from Dvorak’s New World Symphony. In singing sessions, student will learn repertoire linked to Communions and the school Carol Service as well as songs written in a Western musicianship through the Kodaly system.

Term Two: Film Music – Students will explore how different musical elements are used to depict characters or themes in film music through performance, analysis and composition. In singing sessions, students will prepare and present a musical production of Oliver.

Term Three: Music for Celebration – Students will study works by Elbow, Handel and Beethoven in order to learn about different approaches to composing celebratory music. Their instrumental studies will culminate in a whole-year ‘orchestral’ playing Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’. In singing, students will develop their understanding of songs in a range of styles from around the world.

KS4 Overview:

The music department offers students the opportunity to study Music at GCSE level.

Assessment:

As part of their induction, we will identify your child’s level of playing experience in order to place them in the appropriate ensemble. At the end of each term, your child will be given two grades:

  • Practical musicianship
  • Listening and Analysis
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Extended Learning

In addition to learning an instrument as part of the music curriculum, there will be many opportunities for your child to extend their musical learning further, including:

  • School Choir
  • Vocal Consort
  • Flexi-band Orchestra for all instrumentalists
  • Guitar Club
  • School Production of Oliver in 2018-19
  • Individual and Small Group instrumental lessons


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Independent Learning

It is our expectation that all students will continue their learning outside the classroom and so students will keep a musical learning workbook updated with records of their progress in and out of lessons. They will also be expected to develop their knowledge of music theory and prepare for the end of term listening exam. Students may wish to hire a musical instrument from Ealing Music Service so that they can continue their practice outside school.”

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