Music is an important and exciting part of life at Spa School. It allows students to develop the skills required to
- appreciate music from many different cultures and historical periods.
Students learn vital social and communication skills through ensemble practise and develop confidence by being given regular solo performance opportunities in front of their peers. Music is an opportunity for students to express themselves creatively and to learn new skills. These include:
- playing instruments
- reading and writing music
- learning how to use computer-based music software
- playing as part of an ensemble.
These skills allow the students at Spa School to learn and achieve at every level, as well as share their performances and compositions with peers and at times parents. Students are taught to reflect on their own and others’ work and how to provide constructive feedback, and what to do with that feedback. Currently three music ensembles run each week; these include students of all ages and musical abilities who have chosen to be part of a musical ensemble because they enjoy music. We have Spa Choir, Spa Band Club, and Guitar group. Throughout the year Spa School music curriculum provides many performance and enrichment opportunities including the annual Variety Show, The Globe Theatre, performing at the school disco, LSO visitors and Music Arts Week.Key Stage three students learn the importance of sound and silence. Students are introduced to different instruments and students are taught the concepts of music and how they can be achieved. The concept of following a leader is introduced though a range of music games and pupils understand that it is important to take turns and work as a team. Students start to learn the basics of graphic notation, clapping rhythms and simple drumming patterns.
Key Stage four students start to learn how the concepts of music work together. Students work more independently to compose by applying the concepts of music with guidance. Students in this key stage are taught to read and write music and to use computer-based music software to create their own compositions. Pupils’ compare music from the 1800s to the 2000s and learn how to use technical language to discuss similarities and differences.
Key Stage five students are able to select music as part of their Options course. Students have had the opportunity to select from solo music performance, composing music and audio visual sequencing.
Students in classes that do not take options have weekly music enrichment sessions which are based around enhancing performance, aural recognition and composition skills through a variety of games, songs and activities.