Music

The Music Department not only aims to develop musical ability but also the confidence and self-esteem of the individual. Through group activities and independent work, students learn the theory and techniques to perform and compose with various musical instruments. Practical work is a key part of every lesson, first learning the background information and applying it to a creative and engaging task. 

Students at WGSB take advantage of a wide range of resources, and the department houses a specialist music technology suite with software including Sibelius, Logic Pro, Garageband, Cubase and Fruity Loops.  The department has a recording studio with a range of microphones and recording equipment.

Outside the classroom many students also receive instrumental tuition with a visiting teacher.  20 or 30 minutes tuition is available on Piano, Voice, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drum Kit, Trumpet, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Trombone, Violin and Cello. 

There are a range of free musical extra-curricular activities at lunchtimes.  There are plenty of opportunities to showcase your talent in a number of performances every year. These include Christmas Concert, Winter Arts Festival, WGSB’s Got Talent and singing on Broadstairs Bandstand.   

The Music & Drama departments have collaborated to perform Musical Productions.  These have included “Oliver” in 2013, “We Will Rock You” in 2014 and “Bugsy Malone” in 2016. 

The department regularly organises trips and educational visits to enhance the cultural and musical experiences of the individual.  Over the past few years, these have included performances by the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall and visits to see numerous musicals. 

KS3

Students receive 2 lessons per fortnight of Music lessons.  At KS3, the music department seeks to offer boys every possible opportunity to get involved and enjoy music via an integrated and "hands on” approach.  Students experience Composing, Performing, Listening and Appraising in an integrated and practical way.

GCSE Specification

The Music Department follow the new AQA GCSE Music course.  This exciting course develops candidates’ interest and understanding of how music is created through a practical and personalised approach. 

Music is constantly evolving, inspiring creativity and expression in a way that no other subject can.  AQA GCSE is a relevant and contemporary GCSE qualification that offers students the chance to study a wide range of musical genres, with more opportunities for practical learning.  The specification brings theory, listening and composition to life in new and engaging ways, and links to the world around us like never before.

Every student has different learning styles and musical tastes, and the AQA GCSE values all music styles, skills and instruments. 

The course is divided into three components as follows:

Component 1: Understanding music

What's assessed

Listening

Contextual understanding

How it's assessed

Exam paper with listening exercises and written questions using excerpts of music.

Questions

Section A: Listening – unfamiliar music (68 marks)

Section B: Study pieces (28 marks)

The exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

This component is worth 40% of GCSE marks (96 marks).

Component 2: Performing music

What's assessed

Music performance

How it's assessed

As an instrumentalist and/or vocalist and/or via technology:

Performance 1: Solo performance (36 marks)

Performance 2: Ensemble performance (36 marks).

A minimum of four minutes of performance in total is required, of which a minimum of one minute must be the ensemble performance.

This component is 30% of GCSE marks (72 marks).

Component 3: Composing music

What's assessed

Composition 

How it's assessed

Composition 1: Composition to a brief (36 marks)

Composition 2: Free composition (36 marks).

A minimum of three minutes of music in total is required.

This component is 30% of GCSE marks (72 marks).

A level

Music A level is offered at WGSG through our joint Sixth Form, WG6.