Music is a powerful, unique, creative form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and the wider world. The teaching of music develops pupils' ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality. It encourages active involvement, both individual and communal, developing a sense of group identity and togetherness. It also increases self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.
At King Ethelbert school we are dedicated to exploring and developing creativity. Music opportunities at King Ethelbert School include a steel band, rock school, choir and a keyboard club available to pupils of all ages. Pupils have the opportunity to perform in school productions and, more recently, an inspirational evening of music and dance event was held at the school.
The school has been chosen by the Local Authority to be advanced within the Building Schools for the Future modernisation programme. Planning is now well underway and by 2010 learning throughout the school will be in contemporary accommodation with a focus upon state of the art technology.
Music is taught across the age and ability range to all pupils in Key Stage 3, and is an option at GCSE, and the AQA GCSE music syllabus is also offered.
The Key Stage 3 curriculum covers a wide range of topics and musical styles which enable pupils to engage in an effective way with their learning. Some of the topics studied include film and dance music, popular music, African and Caribbean music and classical. By using these different genres pupils are exposed to music which is both interesting and relevant. We currently have a large interest in playing the guitar and lessons are available in trumpet, flute, saxophone, clarinet, trombone and tuba.
Additional learning opportunities are available through the ‘out of hours’ learning activities