The Music Department at Havant Academy as of September 2014 has become a fully integrated part of Academy life. For students, music acts as a medium of expression, communication and enjoyment and contributes to a the well-rounded curriculum at the Academy.
Ms Morra Teacher of Music
Skills, Knowledge, Understanding/Topics covered:
Key Stage 3
Throughout years 7, 8 and 9 pupils will develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of music across a broad range of genres through performing, composing and appraising in lessons. Pupils will be introduced to influential composers and their works, the cultural and social contexts of musical styles and the importance and relevance of music in their daily lives and in the lives of others.
From that start of year 7, pupils will develop basic piano keyboard technical skills as well as other technical facility on additional instruments such as guitar, bass, drums and percussion. Practical lessons will be interspersed with written theory and analysis which provides pupils with the ability to appreciate different aspects of music while equipping them with the skillset required for Key Stage 4 GCSE or Btec and further musical study.
Current topics include:
Introduction to Mood and Film Music
Introduction to Keyboard Skills and Beethoven
Introduction to The Blues
The 4 Chord Song – Arrangement and Rehearsal
Reggae and Ensemble Playing
Music and the Media
Key Stage 4
Havant Academy is currently running a Btec Music Level 2 Diploma for the year 10 cohort. The Btec course allows pupils to work primarily on progressing on their solo instrument or voice, while developing ensemble skills, broadening repertoire and developing skills as a performer. Practical assessment takes the form of performances at the end of each year and a composition portfolio at the end of year 2. The Btec contains one exam unit based on the Music Industry that provides pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding for possible career choices in the music industry that do not revolve around performance.
Year 10 2014/15:
Unit 1: The Music Industry
Unit 5: Introduction to Performing
Year 11 2015/16:
Unit 2: Managing a Musical Product
Unit 4: Introduction to Composing
As of early 2015, year 7 students wishing to learn an instrument will be able to have lessons on an instrument of their choice.
In addition, from January all Btec students will be given the opportunity to develop their skills with instrumental lessons on their solo instruments.
Clubs and Ensembles
Academy Choir – Monday lunchtime weekly rehearsals
All pupils interested in singing in the choir across year 7 to 11 are able to join, rehearse and perform at special events with the Academy choir. Styles of music are mixed and are generally selected by the students.
Jam Hub – Wednesday lunchtimes
Pupils taking an interest in developing their classroom learning, technical skills on new instruments or in having a band practice are able to visit the music department and take advantage of the facilities and instruments.