Head of Teaching & Learning: Mr A Wardrobe

Ms M Lincoln

Support Staff
Mr O Dechaine – Music Technician

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Downlands School Music Department aims to develop the musical potential of each pupil to the fullest possible extent.  To achieve this there is a planned scheme of work that is challenging whilst allowing pupils to progress at a rate appropriate to each individual. In addition musical learning is encouraged through a wide-ranging programme of extra curricular activities.  A significant number of pupils receive instrumental tuition on orchestral instruments from a team of peripatetic teachers.

Music is a practical subject studied, as laid down in the National Curriculum, through three inter-related activities: listening, performing and composing. In listening work pupils experience examples from a wide range of the music of the world and develop aural awareness and listening skills.  In performing, pupils develop their skills through singing, playing electronic keyboards or any other suitable instruments, both  individually, in groups and as a class.  In composing pupils explore the possibilities of creating in sound using electronic and acoustic sound sources and are encouraged to learn the techniques appropriate to making good recordings of what they produce.

All teaching in the department is mixed ability, but the particular way the department is equipped allows a great deal of individualised learning and development.

The department has a strong Orchestra and Vocal (Vox) group, a Samba Band, a Jazz Band, a String Quartet, a ukulele band (The Downlands Ukes) and a growing tradition of rock performance.

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GCSE Board:  Eduqas
Eduqas GCSE Music

Curriculum Maps

Spring Concert 2019

 Gig Night 2018

Spring Concert 2018

Spring Concert 2017

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