Music

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Why Music?

Never underestimate how important and useful learning music is.  The skills taught in music are unique to the subject and fundamental to life.  Through performing you learn self-discipline and how to communicate in a variety of ways.  You also build your confidence and learn how to prepare for individual and group performances.  Creativity is most important and music is one of the very few subjects that offers you the chance to develop it.  Music will enhance the choices you make at exam level.  Universities recognise the importance of music and how it contributes to the development of the individual.  With increasing importance being placed on the “added value” or “something extra” which candidates have, Music is ideally placed to meet this requirement.

The Music Department at Grantown Grammar prides itself by trying to make music accessible for all.  It also encourages the best from all the musicians and offers them every opportunity to develop and thrive.

S1

In S1 pupils take what they have learnt at primary school and expand their skills and knowledge.  They have a chance to learn different instruments and they complete a number of assessments throughout the year.  All work is differentiated to meet the needs of the individual.  Each assessment is reflected upon and the pupils receive continual feedback throughout each unit.

Unit 1: Getting Started – looking at the basic building blocks of music.keyboard

Unit 2: Keyboard – pupils learn a song on the keyboard aiming to perform melody with chords and possibly the rhythmic accompaniment.

Unit 2: Guitar – pupils are introduced to the guitar and the different ways of playing (chords, TAB).  They have a choice of which piece to learn.

Unit 3: Free to Choose – Pupils are shown how to play drums, bass and ukulele.  They then choose an instrument from keyboard, guitar, bass, drums, ukulele, voice or own (e.g. Fiddle) and choose from a selection a piece to learn and perform.guitar

Unit 4: Group Work – pupils learn the skills required to perform as part of a group.

Unit 5: MAD project – A collaborative project with English when the pupils compose music for the plays they write in English.  Each play is staged and acted to an audience.

National 4/5

The course consists of three sections – performing, composing and listening.  We will work on developing performing skills on your two chosen instruments, one of which can be voice, and prepare for an eight minute performance on the two instruments as part of the assessment of the course.  We will cover many different styles of music and you will learn how to identify concepts when listening to music.  As an individual you will compose pieces of music during the year.  Your compositions can be of any style for any instrument.  You are also encouraged to use ICT to help with your compositions.

Entry requirement – able to play two instruments, one of which can be voice.

 Higher – The course consists of three sections – performing, composing and listening.  We will work on developing performing skills on your two instruments and prepare for a twelve minute performance on the two instruments as part of the assessment of the course. The standard of performance is Grade 4+.  We will develop your understanding of the music concepts and the skills to identify them in music.  As an individual you will compose pieces of music during the year.  Your compositions can be of any style for any instrument.  You are also encouraged to use ICT to help with your compositions.

Entry recommendation – a pass at National 5.

 Advanced Higher  – The course consists of three sections – performing, composing and listening.  We will work on developing performing skills on your two instruments and prepare for a twenty minute performance on the two instruments as part of the assessment of the course. The standard of performance is Grade 5+.  We will further develop your understanding of the music concepts and the skills to identify them in music.  We will work on music analysis and study sections of musical movements or works demonstrating detailed understanding of the music.  As an individual you will compose pieces of music during the year.  Your compositions can be of any style for any instrument.  You are also encouraged to use ICT to help with your compositions.

Entry recommendation – a Grade ‘A’ or ‘B’ at Higher level.

Further Information

SQA Subjects Pages – http://goo.gl/uBaz0

Education Scotland Subject Pages – http://goo.gl/A2i1f

Music Tutors

Alongside Mrs Shearon, there are various visiting Music Teachers who come in one or two days a week to teach various individual instruments, some of which may not be taught in class otherwise. These are as follows:

  • Mr Rutter (strings) – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Mr Maclean (woodwind) – Tuesdays (he also runs Traditional Group)
  • Mr Barclay (pipes) – Tuesdays
  • Mr Maylin (various, mainly piano and brass) – Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Mr Farmer (brass) – Wednesdays
  • Mr Galbraith (percussion) – Thursdays
  • Mr Josey (vocals) – Fridays

Extracurricular Activities/Clubs

  • Jazz Funk Band – Monday lunchtimes, 1.45 pm onwards
  • Fiddle Group – Mondays after school, 4.00 to 4.45 pm
  • Traditional Group – Tuesday lunchtimes, 1.05 pm onwards
  • Senior Choir (S5/6) – Tuesday lunchtimes, 1.05 pm onwards
  • School Choir (all years) – Wednesday lunchtimes, 1.45 pm onwards
  • Community Choir – Wednesday evenings, 7.00 to 8.15 pm
  • Staff Choir – Thursday lunchtimes, 1.30 pm onwards

Also, running approximately between August and December are the band rehearsals for this year’s school show, Sunshine on Leith, which run on a Friday after school.

Events

Twice a year we hold a school music concert, at the ends of the winter and summer terms. These are a mixture of the above groups who perform, as well as pupils performing their own pieces, whether individually or in groups. It’s always a lovely evening to sit and listen to everybody, as there is a broad mixture of musical styles and instruments, everything from bagpipes to guitars to singing to flutes.

Alongside the school concerts, beginning this year we shall also be holding a Christmas Carolling Concert at Inverallan Church, a collection of various wintry songs sung collectively by the four choirs.

The Jazz Funk Band and two pupil choirs also usually perform at Motor Mania in September, and there are opportunities for pupils to do the same.

Dates

  • Christmas Carol Concert – Wednesday 9th December at Inverallan Church
  • Winter School Concert – Monday 21st December
  • School Show (Sunshine on Leith) – Tuesday 15th to Thursday 17th December
  • Summer School Concert – Tuesday 28th June 2016

Trips

Besides everything else, the Music Department is also heavily involved in organising the annual residential school trips, to Paris and New York alternatively. The next upcoming trip is to New York.