The Music Department at Moreton operates to the sound of its own thunderous and explosive soundtrack. The creative and vibrant department has a hands-on approach towards teaching music to every student and all lessons are driven towards being musical at all times within an environment that will engage and motivate students. We have a vast array of facilities in the music department that were all built brand new in 2013. These include:
· Three practise rooms
· A live Music room
· An iMac computer suite equipped with industry music software
Mr Parsons, the Head of Music runs the department along with peripatetic one-to-one instrumental lessons by Mr Pinfield who is our in-house drum and guitar teacher and Miss Phillips who is our piano and violin teacher.
In key stage three, all students have the opportunity to study music and attend extra-curricular classes. At year 9, students have the option to explore music further and a more in depth- level which will equip them for studying Music at GCSE level.
GCSE Music consists of three areas; Performance, Composition and Theory. These skills are practised within music lessons and also on a one to one basis with an instructor during instrumental lessons throughout the term. Students are well prepared for the syllabus by learning musically in KS3 lessons and focusing on developing these skills at an earlier age. Pupils will learn how to analyse music and compose on a regular basis, learn how to read music notation and perform on a chosen instrument within the department. During music lessons we promote speaking and listening skills with the students which will help to develop their reflection upon work and to peer assess. Teamwork and communication skills are vital for individuals, here in the music department they are encouraged at all times.
The Music department at Moreton are regularly working with the community. So far this year, our glee club performed Christmas carols at Showell Circus and Highcroft Hall, GCSE students performed a gig at the Newhampton Arts Centre in Wolverhampton and our KS3 rock band club performed their first gig and hope to be performing at a venue near you soon.
At Moreton we pride ourselves on the talent of our students and to show off this ability we record a CD every year showcasing pieces by students and staff on a variety of instruments. This years “Amethyst” is still available to download for free.
An enjoyable atmosphere and a close community of students make the department welcoming to all students at lunch and after school for practise time or GCSE revision. The music department is the loud and energetic hub of Moreton School.
Head of Music
Mr. A. Parsons
Visiting Teaching Staff
Mr. Pinfield – Drums and Guitar
Miss Phillips – Piano and Violin