“Music has the power to touch the soul. It is a universal language understood by people of every culture and it gives us all the chance to be transported by beauty.”

Faculty: Mr Ball (Head of Department)

The vision:
The value of music as an academic subject lies in its contribution to enjoyment and enrichment, for its social benefits, for those who engage in music seriously as well as for fun. High quality music education enables lifelong participation in, and enjoyment of, music, as well as underpinning excellence and professionalism for those who choose not to pursue a career in music.
Our vision is to enable children from all backgrounds to have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument; to make music with others; to learn to sing; and to have the opportunity to progress to the next level of excellence.
(‘The Importance of Music’ from the National Plan for Music Education, 2011)

Why should we teach music?

Music is taught to every student in Key Stage 3 and is offered as an option, along with Music Technology, for GCSE/BTEC and AS/A2 Levels. The department also offers instrumental tuition on all orchestral instruments, voice, piano, keyboard and guitar. These lessons supplement a diet of Curriculum Music rich in cultural influences and spanning the historical periods from Baroque to Rock and Pop.

We aim to expose students to music that they might otherwise never hear. By doing so, we hope to impart a love and understanding of music that will enrich the students’ life.

Extra-Curricular Music:
Performing and listening to live music is very important. There are numerous opportunities for performing at concerts, both within school and in the community.
Extra-curricular music groups currently include:

Students are taken to concerts, productions and workshops and we run events inviting students from other schools to join us for music making on a grand scale.

In addition to the extra-curricular activities mentioned above, we have 6 practice rooms which are available during break and lunch times (when instrumental lessons are not taking place) as well as before and after school for students to practise.

Instrumental Lessons:
Individual, paired and group lessons are available on all orchestral instruments with the exception of harp. Singing, keyboard or piano lessons and guitar lessons are also available.

Weekly lessons are provided by specialist instrumental teachers; each lesson lasts for 20 minutes. These lessons are rotated during the school day, with 6th Form students allocated a time when they are not in lessons wherever possible. (Lessons rotate so that students do not miss the same curriculum lesson each week).

For further information about any aspect of the music department, please contact Mr Ball:  n-ball@wolgarston.staffs.sch.uk

Please click this link to have a look at the key assessments that happen during the year for Music.