Queen Mary's High School

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Welcome to Music

Curriculum area intent & rationale/department introduction

Music is a universal language and surrounds our everyday lives. In studying music, we aim to give students life long and transferable skills.

These include:

  • An increase in confidence and self esteem
  • An improvement on mental health and wellbeing
  • Important life and social skills
  • A development of creativity and self-expression
  • An ability to goal set, self-assess and work to deadlines

Aims and values of the department

At Queen Mary’s High School, we strive for music to be fully inclusive for all students. Our aim is to ensure that students gain enjoyment, satisfaction and an understanding of music through a broad and wide curriculum that includes the key music strands: composing, performing, listening and appraising.

We aim to engage and inspire students to develop a love for music whilst developing their talent as musicians and critical engagement with music.

Where next? Links to careers

Careers in music include:

  • Music teacher
  • Sound engineer
  • Music producer
  • Music Therapist
  • Performer

Suggested reading/curriculum enhancement

  • Musictheory.net
  • Join one of many extra-curricular clubs in the department
  • Try one of our DAWs in the department and make your own music in your own time

Trips & visits

  • KS4 annual trip to the theatre to see a Musical
  • Opportunities to perform in ensembles and the school’s Winter and Spring concerts.

Department staffing

  • Mrs Watson. Subject leader of Music.

 Supported by:

  • Mrs Bailey. Visiting woodwind teacher.
  • Miss Burgess. Visiting piano teacher.
  • Mr Firkins. Visiting percussion teacher.
  • Mrs Hollins. Visiting string and vocal teacher.
  • Mrs Hopson. Visiting woodwind teacher.
  • Mr James. Visiting guitar teacher.
  • Miss Miller. Visiting brass teacher.
  • Mrs Sones. Visiting piano teacher.
  • Mrs Tinsley. Visiting woodwind teacher.

How can parents help?

  • Encourage students to listen to a wide variety of music
  • Discuss different genres of music in different environments e.g. Music playing in a restaurant or music used in a film