“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” -Plato

Music is taught by

Mr O Sodeinde Curriculum Team Leader
Mr N Bowers-Broadbent Music Teacher

“Music is the universal language of mankind.” - Henry Wandsworth Longfellow

Who should choose this subject?

If you enjoy:

  • Composing and performing music
  • Learning an instrument or singing
  • Creating music on computers or in a recording studio  
  • Learning about all types of music, including Western Classical, Pop Music and World Music.

Then music is the subject for you!

Year 7

  • Introduction to Rhythm and Notation
  • Elements of Music
  • Instruments of the Orchestra
  • Introduction to Music Technology
  • African and Indian Music

Year 8

  • Music for Film, TV and Musicals
  • Musical Genres
  • Composition and Garageband
  • Musical Devices
  • Dance and Jazz/Blues Music

Year 9

  • Ensemble Musicianship
  • Solo performance on specialist Instrument
  • Introduction to Logic and Sibelius
  • Western Classical, 20th Century Music, Popular Music, World Music

African drumming workshop during Music Week, February 2014

GCSE Music

Students follow the Edexcel GCSE specification. This is made up of the following:

  • Performance and Composition (Coursework)– 60% of total GCSE
  • Listening and Appraising (Exam)  - 40% of total GCSE

Year 10

  • Area of Study 1 - Baroque, Classical, Romantic
  • Area of Study 2 – Expressionist Musicals, Minimalism
  • Area of Study 3 – Jazz/Blues, Rock, Dance
  • Area of Study 4 – Folk, Indian, African
  • Solo and Ensemble Performances
  • Listening and Appraising
  • Rehearsals

Year 11

  • Studio Recording – Final Performances
  • Research and final write ups
  • Performance techniques and Interpretation
  • Listening and Appraising
  • Detailed Score Analysis

Careers in Music

Composer, Music Artist, Session Musician, Songwriter, Record Producer, Film Music, Music Business, Management, DJ, Sound Engineer, Musical Director, A&R Coordinator, Music Journalist, Booking Agent, Broadcasting, Record Companies/Labels, Music & Entertainment Law.

The music industry is the fourth biggest employer in the UK.

LIS students performing in the Music Week Concert, February 2014

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