Swarkestone Road, Chellaston, Derby, DE73 5UB 01332 702502
Welcome to the Music Department
The Music Department at Chellaston Academy has a reputation for high quality music making, concerts and for offering opportunities for hundreds of pupils on many instruments. Pupils have the opportunity to take part in a huge range of musical groups including junior choirs (Fusion), concert band, Ukelele club, Salsa Band plus lots more. There are 7 visiting staff who teach a variety of instruments from: Woodwind, Brass, Drums, Guitar and Singing.
We teach in a purpose built building which opened in 2004, and it includes 5 practice rooms, a recording studio and two high specification technology facilities plus two key stage 3 classrooms with keyboards and headphones.
Each pupil receives one hour per week of music in Key Stage 3. This encompasses performing, composing, listening and appraisal skills.
At Key Stage 4 there are pathways to study music for GCSE or take a BTEC Level 2 in Music Technology.
Throughout the year there are a wide variety of concert opportunities for students to take part in. Every Christmas and summer we put on concerts which are aimed at musicians of all abilities. These popular and successful concerts are often sold out and enable students to showcase their musical ability.
The concert will feature groups, ensemble and soloists from all age groups across the school, and from a variety of musical backgrounds and abilities.
There will be an additional events throughout the year, which have included in the past a Band Night in November, and a Music and Drama competition in June.
Unit 1 Performance: Bridging the Gap
This unit is an opportunity for pupils to consolidate the musical knowledge gained at Junior School. Pupils take their current musical knowledge and build upon them by learning basic listening, composing and keyboard skills.
Unit 2 Composition: Musical Elements
This unit will see students using pitch, tempo, dynamics and other musical elements to create a short piece of music. The aim is to use the elements to change the mood of the music using either musical or visual stimulus.
Unit 3 Composition: Strike the Right Chord
The aim of this unit is teach pupils how to perform a variety of chords. Pupils are taught to use appropriate harmony as a device for compositions and performances. Some pupils go on to use devices to sustain and extend musical compositions to achieve different intended effects.
Unit 4 Performance: Pop song structure
The unit aim is to compose music using a traditional pop song structure, which includes intro, verse, chorus and ending. Pupils will develop the lyrics and theme of the song alongside the structure.
Unit 5 Performance: Gospel Music
This unit will see students exploring Blues, Gospel & Spiritual music and learning about the cultural significance of slavery. This unit offers lots of singing opportunities in ensemble work, as well as solo singing.
Unit 6 Composition: All that Jazz
Students learn about jazz music and in particular improvisation, walking bass line and 12 bar blues. They will develop their keyboard skills, mainly how to play chords using the correct finger positions. They will also learn about improvisation and how it can be incorporated into composition and performance.
Unit 1 Performance: Hooks and Riffs
During this unit, pupils will learn about Hooks and Riffs and their uses within a variety of musical styles. Initially students will identify the different types of Hooks and Riffs through listening before performing and eventually composing their own examples.
Unit 2 Composition: Ready for a Remix
This topic involves students exploring the way music can be altered to create new moods and effects. They will study and analyse several arrangements to gain a solid understanding before arranging a piece of their own.
Unit 3 Performance: World Music
During this topic students will explore music from lots of different countries including India, the Caribbean and Africa. They will analyse and compare the features of the various types of music studied and will evaluate the venue, purpose and occasion.
Unit 4 Composition: Minimalism
In this topic the students will develop their performing and compositional skills by using minimalist musical ideas. The students will have the opportunity to perform on different instruments using Steve Reich and Terry Riley’s compositions as inspiration.
Unit 5 Performance: Baggy Trousers
Students learn pop songwriting skills using baggy trousers by madness for inspiration. They will adapt the music and lyrics from Baggy Trousers into a performance using their own lyrical ideas.
Unit 6 Composition: Hip Hop Shakespeare
This topic explores the use of the voice for rapping and the context of hip hop music, and uses cross curriculum ideas from English, as students have previously studied 'The Tempest'. Using The Tempest as inspiration, the students will compose a rap incorporating their own lyrics and musical ideas.
Unit 1 Performance: Musical Theatre
This topic involves students developing their performing skills using Musical Theatre as a starting point. The topic covers how musicals are performed, and the ways that musical elements can be used to convey a variety of emotions.
Unit 2 Composition: – Film trailer music
The second part of the topic focuses on Film music, and how the combination of music and moving images can work together to enhance a variety of moods. The students will then compose a section of music to accompany a film clip. They are aiming to use as many appropriate musical devices as possible to bring the visuals to life in a convincing way!
Unit 3 Performance: Dance Music
This topic allows students to explore the various styles of dance music both past and present, exploring a range of dance music from the 1960s to present. Students are encouraged to be creative and compose their own tunes as well as playing existing dance songs.
Unit 4 Composition: Music in advertising.
After this the students will then compose a piece of Advertising music based on fictional product. The students will incorporate a wide variety of musical elements to ensure the mood created is appropriate to the product.
Unit 5 Performance: Musical genres.
This topic enables students to learn about a wide variety of genres within pop music including Rock, Gospel, Folk and Funk. The aim is to develop performing skills which will then shape the second part of this unit which focuses on composing a pop song
Unit 6 Composition: Song-writing.
During this final unit, students will compose a pop song which incorporates as many musical elements and ideas that they have learnt so far. They are aiming to write a song incorporating lyrics, a theme, a chosen style, title and a clear structure.
During the course, students study 12 pieces of music from four contrasting areas of study, which range from classical music to pop music from the 1990s.The course is broken down into the following three units:
Unit 1 Performing: In this unit the students have to perform two pieces of music. One performance must be as a solo performer, and the second must be with accompaniment with another performer (ensemble). Normally students perform the work that they have been practicing for their grade pieces. A grade 5 or above piece is regarded as a more difficult piece and can therefore be rewarded with extra marks.
Unit 2 Composing: The students must compose two pieces of music based on two different areas of study. This unit gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the key musical concepts of each unit and put this into practice in the form of a composition. Marks are awarded for imaginative use of ideas, and how well the compositions demonstrate their understanding of the unit.
Unit 3 Appraisal: The students study four areas of study, which consist of 12 compositions in total. At the end of the course, there is a 90 minute paper exam which is based upon the 12 set works. During the course there are lots of opportunities foe exam practice and technique as well as booster sessions to cement their understanding of the 12 set works.
BTEC is a course which focuses on the practical elements of music technology including computers based music creation, sound capture and editing in the studio and music technology suite. It reflects a real working environment and aims to allow the students to learn about all apsects of the music industry including recording, performance, promotion, advertising health and safety to name but a few!
The course is divided into four units. Three of the units are practical based, and therefore offer music making, recording and editing opportunities. They are also encouraged to work in team in a practical ‘real life’ scenario.
In Unit 1, the students will sit an hour paper based on the organisations and job roles in the music industry. The exam is worth 25% of the final mark; this can be re-taken.
Chellaston Academy Music Department offers students the chance to learn a wide range of instruments including:
Drums and electric bass guitar - Mr Statham
Brass - Mr Holdgate
Woodwind - Mrs Hampton
Keyboards & Piano - Mr Hampton
Guitar and Bass - Mr Peach
Flute - Mrs Memmory
Vocal Teacher – Mr Morris
More information about our independent peripatetic tutors are available on this page.
We are able to offer students the chance to join a variety of different music clubs which are -
Chellaston Orchestra - Aimed at all abilities performing traditional and modern music led by Mr Elliott.
Salsa Band – This is led by Mr Baggott
Fusion - This is a singing group for all abilities which is led by Mr Holloway
Soul Patrol - This is a soul and funk group which is led by Mr Statham
Ukulele Club – This is aimed at any ability and led by Mr Baggott
Music and mindset therapy – Mr Baggott
See Mr Baggott for more details - firstname.lastname@example.org
The table below shows the Flight Path of targets our students will aim for in their journey throughout Key Stage 3. Meeting these challenging targets will represent outstanding progress that is significantly above the National Average. We hope that in some circumstances, students will exceed these targets.
Long Term Plans for Music can be downloaded here
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