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Skegness Academy

Music


Miss R Stott – Music Teacher & vocal and piano coach

Here at the Skegness Academy the Music Department aims to help our pupils achieve and exceed their potential. We aim to achieve this by creating positive learning environments in which practical, creative and flexible teaching methods are a feature of all Music lessons. The curriculum explores avenues into social aspects of our lives and encourages pupils to develop a social awareness of their peers through discussion, creativity, communication and performance. Pupils actively support each other through the variety of activities offered and encourage each other to achieve their true potential.

The Key Stage 3 Music Curriculum aims to offer all our pupils the opportunity to experience a wide variety of stylistic features from Renaissance through to Modern Music, Blues & Reggae to China, Africa and Brazil. Pupils will be encouraged to participate in a range of activities from listening and composing through to performing both as a solo and as part of an ensemble, they will also have the opportunity to learn stave and rhythmic notation. Through these activities pupils will develop self-confidence and have raised self-esteem which will flow through to support all other aspects of their core curriculum subjects. Extra-curricular activities include choir, guitar club and keyboard club with a string ensemble and samba band running during lunch time. It is the aim of these activities to increase pupil’s motivation for, and enjoyment of, school music, engage all pupils in music participation and help pupils to become more confident with music making and raise self-esteem. Pupils can aspire to learn specific instruments such as violin, saxophone, flute, clarinet, trumpet, piano and voice. All instrumental lessons are free of charge and where possible pupils will be loaned an instrument for the first term. As they progress they will be entered for external examinations through the ABRSM syllabus.

At Key Stage 4, pupils may opt to study BTEC L2 First Certificate in Music. The course is made up of 4 units which focus performing, composing, music project and an examined unit based on the music industry.

At Key Stage 5 pupils can continue with their musical studies through the completion of the BTEC L3 Certificate in music and also L3 Subsidiary Diploma, where they will develop their knowledge and understanding of compisition, solo and ensemble performing skills, world music, music products and concert production as well as delivering live music workshops to our partner junior academies.

The Skegness Academy Music Department actively encourage our pupils to participate in a wide range of performance avenues and supports the whole school in the variety of projects and activities ranging from Rotary Carol Concert, SKA Carol Service, Care Home Concerts, St. Matthew’s Community Concert, Hindu Workshops, Vegetable Instrument Workshop and World Music Day amongst many others. Our pupils have had the opportunity to visit our local theatre and experience music from Russia and Sweden as well as performing with The Drifters live on stage.

We endeavour to continue looking for further opportunities for our students to participate in.

Forthcoming events this year are:

Saturday 26 September 2015 - Skegness Community Concert at St. Matthew's Church
Wednesday 2 December 2015 – Rotary Carol Concert
Wednesday 9 December 2015 – Skegness Academy Carol Service, St. Matthew’s Church.
Friday 11 December 2015 – Aspen Lodge Care Home Christmas Entertainment
Year 7 Christmas Singing Competition – Date TBA
Choral Festival - Date TBA