Our Music department brings together curriculum music, extra curricular activities, peripatetic instrumental lessons and performance opportunities to provide a coherent learning journey for our young musicians and for them to become part of a musical community.
Music at Heart of England encourages active involvement in different forms of music-making, both individual and communal, helping to develop a sense of group identity and mutual co-operation.
Pupils develop skills through making music develop knowledge of musical features and a cultural appreciation of a vast range of musical genres from Baroque to Bhangra. All pupils are considered as musicians in class, where individual strengths are nurtured and areas for improvements supported by enthusiastic staff. We allow our pupils to experience a vast range of music through performing, composing and listening. They experience music through classical, world and pop music using our broad range of resources such as keyboards, ukuleles, samba drums and iMacs.
GCSE Music OCR (from 2016) is designed to offer musicians an element of choice throughout the course enabling us to adapt the course to suit individuals. It encourages students to be creative through performing and composing, using both modern and traditional music as areas of study.
At GCSE level no previous training is required, however learning an instrument is an advantage, but not a necessity.
The Music Department currently offers the following ensembles:
These are open to all staff and students. Practice rooms are also available at lunchtime for students to use.
We also offer individual instrumental lessons through Solihull Music.
Previous trips and events include:
The attendance of a variety of concerts from any genre would be of a benefit.
Suitable venues are Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Town Hall, Birmingham, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, LG Arena, Birmingham, Ricoh Arena, Coventry.
Past papers can be a useful tool, however with the new specifications currently these are limited to a specimen paper which will be used for mock exams.
As an alternative you could look at the Sample Assessment Material brochures to get a flavour of the exam questions. Your teacher will also be able to guide you to questions from older exams that are relevant.