The Music Department at Broadoak Academy aims to create motivated students that can both appreciate and enjoy music with an aspiration to continue the practice and study of music to their full potential. Through inspiring lessons, a musically rich environment and a varied programme of study, students will develop the three key skills in music: Listening and Appraising, Performing and Composing. With a greater knowledge and awareness of musical elements, students will be able to further appreciate music in various cultural, traditional and social settings.
- The department consists of two fully equipped teaching rooms and three practice rooms.
- Each teaching room has a full set of keyboards with the second teaching room also housing an ICT suite running Cubase Elements 7.
- In addition to keyboards, the department has a range of instruments which include both grand and upright pianos, tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments, a full set of Djembes and Guitars, Bass Guitars and Drum Pads.
- The department has a wide range of woodwind, brass and stringed instruments available for use by students who take additional instrumental lessons.
The music department celebrates the talent and dedication of students in all years through performances throughout the year in varying settings, the highlights being the Christmas Carol Concert, Battle of the Bands and the Performing Arts Showcase.
Lower School Choir
This choir is specifically designed for Years 7 and 8.
Senior Choir is designed for students in Years 9 to 11 and staff where they explore vocal harmonies.
The Orchestra is designed for students in all years that are learning an orchestral instrument including staff.
From beginners to experienced keyboardists and pianists, this club is designed to provide students with the opportunity to fast track their keyboard skills and prepare students for the practical elements of the course
The School Musical
Every Year the Performing Arts faculty come together to produce a whole school musical combining Music, Drama and Dance. It is open to students in all year groups to take part both on and off the stage. The faculty have produced a number of big hit shows including ‘Fame’, ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Camp Rock’, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘The Wiz’ and ‘Back To The 80s’.
Taunton Music Services
Taunton Music Services is made up of a group of professional musicians who believe in making music fun! They currently offer contemporary music tuition including lessons in Piano, Keyboard, Drums, all styles of Guitar, Bass Guitar, Pop Vocal, Musical Theatre, Ukulele and Musical Theory.
North Somerset Music Service
North Somerset Music Service currently serve the orchestral instrumental tuition at Broadoak. Lessons in Woodwind (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Saxophone), Strings (Violin, Cello, Double Bass) and Brass (Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn).
Both teams are dedicated to offering lessons of a high quality & all students are encouraged to work to the best of their ability.
Music is taught in mixed ability performance groups where they have the opportunity to explore music through listening to, performing and composing a wide range of varying musical styles, genres and cultures.
Performing and composing work in class involves solo and group singing, playing tuned and un-tuned percussion, guitars, bass, drums ukuleles and keyboards. Where appropriate, students are encouraged to use their own instruments in lessons. We dedicate at least one unit in each year to developing students’ ability to use ICT software for their composition work where they are able to experiment with recorded ideas and sounds through replaying and editing their compositions enabling them to produce compositions of a high standard.
Homework is set to support and extend classroom based learning. Homework tasks include gathering research, listening to and reporting on specified pieces of music and revision of key concepts learnt during lesson times. Homework tasks are set through Show My Homework.
In Years 10 and 11 students follow the AQA GCSE music syllabus where they develop the three key skills of listening and appraising, composing and performing through the detailed study of the key musical features of Popular Music, Western Classical Traditions and Tradional Music (which includes World Music). Students are encouraged to regularly perform on their main instrument/voice to complete the performance element of the course and are further trained in the use of ICT to carry out composition coursework to a high standard.
The course is broken in to four components:
40% Listening and Understanding
- Solo or ICT based performance
- Ensemble performance
- Composing to an externally set brief
- Free Composition