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Music/Performing Arts

 

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Introduction

 Music Mark

 Welcome to the Music department. Music lessons at Hodge Hill College provide opportunities for students to perform, compose and appraise music in line with the national curriculum, providing support in refining communication and creative expression. Students are encouraged to develop practical skills and all pieces studied are contextualised to help students develop analytical skills.

The department is located on the first floor in East Building in a series of suited rooms. There are two music classrooms adjacent to each other as well as two practice rooms. There are two full time members of staff as well as three peripatetic staff who provide tuition in a range of instruments. All students are welcome to apply for instrumental and vocal lessons which are completely free to students with instruments provided where appropriate.

 

 Staff:

Miss R Hall - Subject Leader Music

Mr C. Mascord - Teacher of Music

 

 

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Year 7

At KS3 the department covers a variety of topics using in house generated materials specially adapted for Hodge Hill College students. A large variety of instruments are used including high quality keyboards, percussion and music technology.

In year 7 students develop their knowledge of rhythmic notation as well as basic performance skills with a particular focus on performing in time with an ensemble.

Topics include:

  • African Vocal Music
  • Gamelan
  • Blues
  • Hindustani Music
  • African Drumming



 

 

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Year 8

In year 8 students extend their knowledge of notation to include pitch notation. Practical work includes performance and composition activities with students encouraged to develop their skills by incorporating a range of musical elements into their work.

Topics include:

  • Protest Song
  • Samba
  • Calypso
  • Spirituals
  • Waltz
  • Hip Hop


 

 

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Year 9

Lessons are available in Flute, Saxophone, Violin, Cello, Guitar, Piano, Dhol, Singing and Brass instruments. Twenty minute lessons are delivered on a timetable which rotates to minimise disruption to other lessons. Where appropriate students are allocated an instrument on which to practice. It is important that students practice between these lessons in order to make good progress and space is available in the department at breaktimes and after school for students who can not do this at home.

When students are ready, Hodge Hill College will pay for students to take graded examinations on their instrument and many students have already achieved great success in these exams.

Year 7 students learning orchestral instruments attend a concert by the CBSO at Symphony Hall designed to help them better understand their instrument and the role it plays in the orchestra.

The choir rehearse on a Thursday during break 1 in E261. Last year they were involved in a number of exciting projects including rehearsing with Black Voices for Black History Month and visiting a professional recording studio to record their songs. They have performed at numerous events in school and at Heartlands Hospital.Welcome to the Music department. Music lessons at Hodge Hill College provide opportunities for students to perform, compose and appraise music in line with the National Curriculum, providing support in refining communication and cretive expression. Students are encouraged to develop practical skills and all pieces studied are contextualised to help students develop analytical skills with deference to social context.The department is located on the first floor in East Building, in a series of suited rooms. There are two music classrooms adjacent to each other, as well as a practice room, technology studio, stock rooms and an instrument store. There are two full-time music staff but these are supported by a total of 6 peripatetic staff who attend for a total of 18 hours per week. All students are welcome to apply for instrumental study; lessons are completely free to students and instruments can be provided on loan for a small refundable deposit.

 

 

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Examplar Work

 Hodge Hill College Choir, recorded December 2015 at Grosvenor Road Studio in Birmingham

 

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Welcome to the Music department. Music lessons at Hodge Hill College provide opportunities for students to perform, compose and appraise music in line with the national curriculum, providing support in refining communication and creative expression. Students are encouraged to devcelop practical skills and all pieces studied are contextualised to helkp students develop analytical skills.

 

The department is located on the first floor in East Building in a series of suited rooms. There are two music classrooms adjacent to each other as well as two practice rooms. There are two full time members of staff as well as three peripatetic staff who provide tuition in a range of instruments. All students are welcome to apply for instrumental and vocal lessons which are completely free to students with instruments provided where appropriate.