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Curriculum

The academic musical education across the Loughborough Schools Foundation begins at Kindergarten, in both Fairfield Prep School and Loughborough Amherst School. All pupils at EYFS and Key Stage 1 receive class music lessons, and are given many opportunities for singing and playing. A Kodaly-based approach known as ‘Colourstrings’ is used in the early years which aims to lay firm musical foundations. The children gain in confidence and musicianship with this highly accredited approach which enhances learning in music as well as in other curricular areas. In addition, we operate a Year 2 String Scheme, where all Year 2 children receive Colourstrings tuition on either violin or cello to enhance their musical knowledge and understanding.

As pupils progress into Key Stage 2, the curriculum encompasses instrumental and ensemble work, composition, music theory and appreciation in order to prepare them for their musical future. There is a strong emphasis on making music and creative music in the curriculum, and participation in one or more of the many ensembles and choirs available at this age group is actively encouraged.

Pupils at the three senior schools follow broadly the same curriculum, building upon the earlier principles, whilst taking into consideration the wide variety of musical experiences brought to the Endowed Schools by new pupils.

The curriculum at Key Stage 3 is largely creative in its focus. Strands running through each year are taught through interesting and varied topics covering all areas of music. The curriculum combines performing, composing and listening in an inspiring and an academically challenging way, with no requirement for additional instrumental lessons in order to be able to access the full course.  Composition is taught both through notation based software (Sibelius) and through sequencing software (Ableton Live) with a focus on learning the skills required to continue onto GCSE Music.

Additionally, Year 7 all study a major choral work, and have the opportunity to take part in a performance in Leicester’s De Montfort Hall, and Year 8 study songwriting as a focus and have a workshop with a professional singer/songwriter.

The Year 9 curriculum is optional, but inclusive to all pupils with no specialty needed.

Music IGCSE (CIE) is a lively and fascinating course, where students learn to listen to, perform and compose music, encouraging aesthetic and emotional development, self-discipline and, most importantly, creativity. As a result, students develop their appreciation and enjoyment of music, an achievement that forms an ideal foundation for future study and enhances life-long musical enjoyment.

It provides an excellent knowledge base for pupils intending to study Music at AS/A-Level and beyond, but it is equally beneficial and interesting as a course in its own right, giving students a greater understanding of the music that they encounter in everyday life.

If you enjoy music and want to discover more about the subject, IGCSE music would be a good choice.  It is not imperative that you are a high level performer, however, some facility on an instrument or your voice is necessary, and we would expect you to be taking lessons in that instrument for the duration of the course. It is hoped that pupils studying for IGCSE Music will make full use of the Music department’s facilities to develop their musical skills through the extensive programme of choirs, ensembles, lectures and workshops.

Music A-Level (AQA) is an incredibly diverse course, encompassing a variety of practical and academic approaches to the study of music. The varied nature of the course enables students to develop highly-desirable skills in areas such as independent learning, self-management, teamwork, problem-solving, communication and creativity. Music A-Level is highly regarded by universities and music colleges (conservatoires) alike, and is a pathway to almost any degree course. Taught in mixed classes across all three senior schools in our state-of-the-art facilities, the additional support for any musician at Loughborough Schools Foundation is unrivalled.  In addition to the timetabled allocation (10 periods a week) most students will also be entitled to a repertoire session (half an hour a week) supporting performance skills.  There are also numerous ensembles and choirs available for students to access, which all play a big part in developing any musician, and should be seen as a must for any A-Level musician.

Music A-Level is structured around the same 3 components that have been studied at GCSE; performance, composition, listening and appraising.

Music Technology A-Level (Pearson) provides students with a grounding in both the theory and history of Music Technology and its practical application through a range of coursework-based tasks. Pupils will learn to sequence, record and arrange using modern, professional-standard technology. This course has an emphasis on practical projects, making use of our new state-of-the-art recording studio. If you have an interest in becoming a sound engineer, record producer or working in the visual and sound media then this course is for you. However, if you are also interested in learning how the Music you listen to every day is created and recorded then you will find this course relevant and interesting. There are many career and higher education options open to anyone who achieves this qualification. These range from entry level jobs at many theatres around the country in their sound departments to the highly prestigious ‘Tonmeister Degree’ at Surrey University which has produced many sound engineers and music producers. The A-Level also provides you with many transferrable skills that will prepare you for the demands of higher education and the world of work.

Careers

The value of Music as a qualification at the end of a sixth-form course of study is widely recognised by universities and employers as evidence of training that encourages individual students to communicate effectively, to express themselves accurately and individually in a variety of ways, and to develop the degree of self-discipline necessary to achieve a high standard of instrumental performing ability.  Employers in today’s world need people who can transfer these creative skills to the complex and inventive world of work. As with any sixth-form course, study of Music will sharpen intellect, deepen knowledge and practical skills, and encourage a serious and independent approach to study.

We regularly have students who go on to both Universities and Music Colleges to study Music further.

Results

  2017

A2 (OCR)

2016

A2 (OCR)

2015

A2 (OCR)

A* 1 1
A 2 1 5
B 1 1
C 2 2 2
D 1
E

 

  2017

IGCSE (CIE)

2016

IGCSE (CIE)

2015

IGCSE (CIE)

A* 8 10 7
A 11 11 11
B 6 4 3
C 1 2
D
E 1