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Music

'Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons. You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body.' Oliver Wendell Holmes

Our vision is to broaden the musical world of our students and to inspire and encourage them to participate, create and perform. We aim to develop commitment, curiosity and collaboration within a practical and positive environment.

Teaching Styles

Music is taught in mixed ability groups. Students principally use keyboards to complete their tasks but they are encouraged to use their own instruments and broaden their use of timbres. The Music department has excellent facilities including a host of practice rooms, computers and a recording studio. Lessons are generally lively and practical and students enjoy their music making.

Homework

Homework is set weekly at KS3, GCSE and A Level and can include practising, writing up compositions and research.

Extra Curricular

There are opportunities for extra-curricular ensembles on all instruments. The Junior String Orchestra, Wind Band, Keyband and Junior Choirs are an excellent way for students to develop their ensemble playing and enjoy making music. The Senior Choir, Senior Orchestra and Wind Band are long established groups that perform regularly in and out of school.

Instrumental Lessons

Instrumental lessons are available on voice, drum kit, brass instruments, string instruments, keyboard and piano, recorder and woodwind instruments. All lessons occur during school time and are provided weekly on a rota system.

Key Stage 3 

Year 7:
At HGS students will develop their performance skills and will learn to play keyboard, percussion and sing. They start their studies by listening, creating and performing music from different genres, styles and traditions. Students study the elements, rhythm, treble clef, the orchestra and Chinese music.

Year 8:
Students will start to explore musical devices and techniques through topics that include World Music, Reggae, Musicals and themes & variations.

Year 9:
Allows students to make choices and take responsibility for their learning. They start the year composing music for an advert, then musical futures, Blues and film music. They then look at the current music industry and use advanced recording techniques on the keyboard to record their dance and pop tracks.

Key Stage 4 

Music is an optional and popular subject at GCSE level. The course comprises of 3 units. In Unit 1 students will develop their performing skills in both solo and ensemble context. This unit encourages students to develop their creative thinking, self confidence, and self motivation. Unit 2 explores the technical and creative skills required for composing. Unit 3 will develop students listening and appraising skills through the study of music across a variety of styles and genres. The four areas of study are: Western classical music, music in the 20th century, popular music in context and world music.

Further details of the course content, method of study and assessment structure can be found in the Key Stage 4 Options booklet.

Key Stage 5 

Music at A Level is taught across the Hitchin Schools Consortium. It develops students in an academic direction through analysing music in detail whilst continuing to perform and compose.

Full details of the courses offered by the Hitchin Schools Sixth Form Consortium are shown in the Consortium Prospectus.

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Music at A Level is taught across the Hitchin Schools Consortium. It develops students in an academic direction through analysing music in detail whilst continuing to perform and compose. Full details of the courses offered by the Hitchin Schools Sixth Form Consortium are shown in the Consortium Prospectus.