The Music Department
The Bishop Douglass Music Department gives students the opportunity to create and flourish in a supportive musical environment.
The main focus of the department is allowing students to develop key skills that will enable them to understand and appreciate the music they encounter throughout their school lives.
Students study a range of different musical styles and cultures. Using these different styles as a starting point, students develop listening, performing and composing skills that enable them to fully explore Music.
Further performance opportunities are strongly encouraged through a wide range of extra-curricular activities.
Key Stage 3
Students in Year 7 are introduced to the key elements of music. To further understand these elements students participate in regular performance activities, such as, instrumental skills and singing.
In Year 8 students build on the skills they learned in year 7. Students are introduced to different musical styles and cultures, such as, Blues, RAP and World Music.
Throughout Key Stage 3 students also gain experience of using music production and recording software in the Music Department Apple Mac suite.
Key Stage 4
Students study the AQA GCSE syllabus which further develops skills gained in Key Stage 3. The course is formed of three key aspects: Listening and Appraisal, Composition and Performance. Students who take GCSE Music are provided with free instrumental tuition.
Key Stage 5
Music is offered to Sixth Form pupils through the Level 3 Music BTEC. This course encourages pupils to develop skills appropriate for applying to places of higher education or working in the Music Industry.
Free Instrumental Lessons
Free instrumental lessons are available for students in Year 7 and 8. The opportunity to choose from a wide selection of instruments is provided by the Music Department. Experienced tutors provide students with the chance to hone their performance skills and participate in numerous performing opportunities both inside and outside of school.
Students are encouraged to enter formal performance exams which can generate UCAS points, as well as, providing valuable experience for students hoping to audition for places in further education.