In performance subjects, students are exposed to a vibrant and exciting curriculum based around the development of practical music and drama skills in KS3. This fosters confidence and a love of the performance which enables students to continue their journey in KS4 in a much more personalised manner. The mission of the Music department is rooted in providing students with a personalised learning experience, where they are immersed in meaningful cultural experiences in the performance, understanding, and appreciation of the discipline of the subject. The facilities in the music department are exceptional and are crucial to the progress expectations of our students.
Our Curriculum Journey
At Key Stage 3, music is taught fortnightly with a mixture of whole class approach and smaller ensemble work with the focus on developing performance skills. Much of the content is ‘just playing’
instruments underpinned by non-formal teaching and informal learning. To a great extent, many of our KS3 lessons adopt the Musical Futures teaching style and approaches.
It is the vision of the music department to engage actively in the process of music study whilst developing performance skills individually and in groups, focusing on GCSE expectations of accuracy, fluency and control of the resources used. GCSE pupils also develop their composition skills to create and develop musical ideas and make use of appropriate resources and generate a clear and recognised sense of style.
The Music department at Wade Deacon High School consists of practicing musicians who oversee the planning and delivery of a range of exciting, motivating and challenging lessons. The department is also supported by a team of excellent peripatetic staff who deliver individual and small group lessons on the following instruments:
Drum kit - Mr V. Pearson & Mr R. Martin
Woodwind - Mr J. Lewis
Voice & Piano - Ms J. Wood
Brass - Mr T. Whittingham & Mr G. Smith
Strings - Mr J. Taylor
Guitar - Mr M. Lynch
The department consists of 4 practice rooms, 2 ensemble rooms, two teaching rooms, one with a suite of 25 iMacs and midi keyboards.