Music

Music at Isca Academy is a busy and exciting department!
We cover the 4 key components of Music education in the classroom: Performing, Composing, Listening, and Evaluating using relevant and engaging topics.
The study of music provides for the development of:
•    Skills in movement, vocal skills, and in aural imagery, acquired through exploring and organising sounds
•    Awareness and appreciation of organised sound patterns
•    Sensitive, analytical and critical responses to music
•    The capacity to express ideas, thoughts and feelings through music
•    Awareness and understanding of traditions, musical styles from a variety of different cultures, times and places
•    The experience of fulfilment which derives from striving for the highest possible artistic and technical standards.

KS3:
Students study Music, Art and Drama  on a carousel. Therefore, students in years 7 and 8 receive 4 lessons per fortnight of Music for one rotation (roughly a term). In these lessons we practically explore different genres using performance, composition and listening. Students will have access to a wide range of resources for these projects, such as keyboards, guitars, samba kit, tuned percussion, drums and a set of Macbooks and Mac computers.
Year 7 program of study:
•    Rhythms
•    Pachelbel’s canon
•    Pop Music
•    Singing
Year 8 program of study:
•    Samba Music
•    Pop Music and Garage band
•    Film Music


KS4:
Students can opt for Music at Year 9 where they will study either the Level 1/2  Award in Music or the Edexcel GCSE. This decision will be made at Year 10 suited to the students strengths and abilities.
The BTEC is practically focussed with 4 units. Unit 1 is about the Music Industry culminating in a written exam. Unit 2 gives students the opportunity to organise and run their own Music event. The 3rd and 4th Unit can be chosen to suit the students interests and will be either Music technology or Music performance based.
The GCSE is more traditional in its approach and students will need to study 8 set works ranging from classical orchestrations to film and pop music. There is a listening exam based upon these pieces. They will then compose 2 pieces work 40% of their final grade and a solo and ensemble performance which are also worth 40%.

At KS4 home study is set each week.  This would include practicing for performances, developing a composition piece and researching various genres of music.
Our KS4 music students are expected to regularly perform at school events and help to organize the series of Performance Platform recital concerts.

Extra curricular:
This is our extracurricular offer  (OPEN HERE) but may change termly subject to demand.
We also run events such as lunchtime performance platforms, our annual Isca Underground and Cabarets in conjunction with Drama and Dance.

Instrumental Lessons:
A large number of instrumental teachers visit Isca each week to teach our students.  Details are available on request.  We currently offer tuition on the following instruments:
•    Violin, viola and cello
•    Flute, clarinet and saxophone
•    Trumpet and Trombone
•    Drum Kit and percussion
•    Electric and acoustic guitars
•    Bass Guitar
•    Singing
•    Piano and Keyboard

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