Music is a major strength of Tring School and the standard of music both in curriculum time and in our flourishing extra-curricular programme is a great source of pride. Music plays a central part in the life of the school and every pupil is encouraged to take part. At all Key Stages, we aspire for our pupils to become creative, self-confident individuals, with a passion for Music of all genres.
Tring School Music Department is warm and vibrant and aims to create a learning environment that is enjoyable, inspirational and engaging. We pride ourself on our student leadership in Music and many extra curricular groups are assisted by Sixth Former students with a passion for encouraging younger students to access music at all levels. As a department, we aspire to deliver a curriculum that not only fosters all our students’ musical and intellectual curiosity, but also provides every child with the opportunity to become an active member of a musical world.
Celebrating Success: academic and instrumental lessons.
We pride ourselves on our Music results and in 2021, our A level students achieved 100% A*- B grades. Our GCSE pupils achieved 90% 4 or above, with 52% achieving 7-9 grades with particularly high marks in composition and performance. Many of our students choose to study Music at University and many of our past pupils still enjoy performing and teaching. Instrumental lessons take place every day in the department and are taught by a specialist team including teachers from Hertfordshire Music Service. These are offered on a rotation basis and we encourage pupils to perform in recital concerts and we are always celebrating exam successes for pupils taking both Trinity and ABRSM exams.
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Key Stage 3
All students study a broad range of styles which incorporates composing, performing, listening and appraising skills. They take part in both group and paired activities and are assessed on their practical projects as well as on appraisal skills.
Students are introduced to the basic elements of music through a variety of topics. Students explore the basics of the piano and ukulele, learning how to play chords and melodies, as well as exploring their own voices. Pupils learn about rhythm and texture as well as other cultures through African Drumming. Students also learn the basics of music technology through Soundtrap and midi keyboards to support them in creating their own compositions.
Students learn about music from Film and Television. Students learn how much can create an atmosphere in these contexts, and work on composing their own atmospheric music as well as developing their knowledge of music software such as soundtrap. This music tech element is also developed through a module based on Pachelbel’s Canon and ‘flat.io’ where students explore notation and arrangement. The Reggae topic builds on students' prior knowledge of rhythm and texture from African Drumming in year 7, as well as exploring instruments of the orchestra and working in ensembles.
In year 9 students build upon their previous keyboard skills through Video Game Music. Pupils look at writing their own pieces of popular music influenced by the ‘independent learning’ approach adopted by Musical Futures, as well as creating their own composition on a piece of music software. Students learn about the history of musical theatre, as well as practically learning to perform music from Musicals. Samba is a world music topic that exposes students to the music of South America, as well as extending their rhythm knowledge.
In each year group students will also have access to the ‘super curriculum’ - optional tasks that we recommend that they complete in order to extend their knowledge of the subject.
Key Stage 4 - GCSE
At GCSE we approach music with a strong emphasis on performing, both solo and ensemble, listening and composing. Pupils get the opportunity to work alone, in a class setting and in small groups. Pupils study 8 set works in four different areas of music and will answer questions on these as part of their listening exam, which is worth 40% of the GCSE. Pupils perform at regular intervals throughout the 2 year course on their chosen instrument, in preparation for a final solo and ensemble performance which contributes to 30% of the final grade. Pupils also submit two unique compositions, one free and one set brief, making up the final 30% of the GCSE.
ENRICHMENT AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR
The department provides numerous opportunities for students to participate in many different types of performances within school, in the local community and on tour. A range of groups is on offer and students are actively encouraged to participate in these groups. There are currently four choirs; senior and junior, as well as a gospel choir and a more selective chamber choir. We have an orchestra, a swing band, as well as numerous smaller ensembles such as flute group, string group and percussion group. As well as this, there are multiple rock bands, and a pop and rock school where students are able to come together to learn to play in an ensemble.
All these ensembles regularly perform at school concerts as well as numerous events across Tring and collaborative projects across Hertfordshire Schools. As well as this, we offer open mic nights to give students a chance to perform individually prepared solo or small group pieces. Please head to the Clubs & Extracurricular page of the website to see the full range of music sessions available to students.
|Director of Academic Music||Mr S Moosajee|
|Director of Extracurricular Music & KS3 Coordinator||Miss E Hicks|
|Teacher of Music||Mrs R Georgiades - Deputy Headteacher|
|Performing Arts Technician||Mrs A Travers|
|Music Administrator||Mrs R Foxcroft|