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Ss John Fisher and Thomas More
Roman Catholic High School

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Let all our bright
colours shine.

Music

At Key Stage 3 pupils are given regular opportunities to perform in class, demonstrating their achievements and growing their confidence in their musical ability. Pupils are encouraged to work in groups to develop their collaborative skills, learning one of the most important characteristics of being a musician. Pupils will also engage in listening and appraising activities. Key Stage 3 music lessons are practical and provide a solid foundation for those pupils who wish to pursue BTEC Level 2 Music. 

Year 7

Keyboard 101

  • Pupils develop their keyboard skills with a focus on using both hands simultaneously. Pupils also learn about music theory and become familiar with musical notation.

Guitar & Ukulele 101

  • Pupils develop their guitar and ukulele skills, playing both melodies and chords. Pupils are also introduced to guitar tab.

Year 8

Film Music

  • Pupils are given the option to learn a number of pieces of film music on a choice of instruments. Pupils also gain an understanding of compositional techniques used by film composers and continue to develop their musical literacy.

Blues

  • Pupils learn to play the 12 bar blues on a choice of instruments and subsequently write lyrics, compose melodies, and have a go at improvising. Pupils also learn about the history of Blues music.

Year 9

Just Play

  • Pupils revisit all the instruments previously studied and develop their fluency and accuracy in transitioning between chords. These lessons are entirely interactive and involve whole class performances of up-to-date popular music. Pupils also have the opportunity to have a go at drumming.

Class Jam

  • Pupils put all their key stage 3 learning into practice by choosing a song, forming a band, and then rehearsing and performing their chosen piece.

Key Stage 4

BTEC music comprises 3 components: exploring musical products and styles, music skills development, and responding to a commercial music brief. Pupils are exposed to an extremely wide range of musical styles, genres, and periods and learn about key features of each. At the same time, pupils develop their musical literacy and understanding of music theory. Pupils complete a number of assignments during Years 10 and 11 which are assessed internally, and there is a final exam in Year 11 which is assessed externally. Lessons at Key Stage 4 are largely practical and involve the use of lots of technology. There is an expectation that pupils who take the BTEC course continue to have instrumental lessons either at school or privately.   

Already this year, pupils in Year 10 have taken part in a workshop run by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and will be involved with an instrumental session delivered by Lancashire Music Service. In November, the Year 10 class will visit the British Music Experience in Liverpool to support and enhance their classroom learning.

Instrumental lessons

Guitar, ukulele, and drum lessons are provided by Mr Parry who is a professional musician and visits Fisher More on a Wednesday.

String, brass, and woodwind lessons are provided by specialists from Lancashire Music Service who visit Fisher More throughout the week.

Instrumental lessons are generally taught in groups during the school day. To minimise the disruption to curriculum lessons and pupil progress, these lessons rotate on a termly schedule.

For further information, or to register for lessons, please contact Mr Cheetham: cheetham.a@fishermore.lancs.sch.uk