Music is all around us. It influences our moods and emotions and stimulates and excites us in many ways. Music should be a joyful experience, with students developing life skills along the way. Our aim is to offer a stimulating and creative environment for all students at Rockwood Academy.
- To broaden the musical experience of all students through the rich curriculum
- To reflect the musical interests and aspirations of our students
- To enable students to develop their potential through practical activities such as regular group instrumental lessons and performances
- To cater for all ability levels and interests
- Head of Department: Miss L Wilkins
- 9 peripatetic music teachers from The Birmingham Music Service
Key Stage 3 & 4
Each unit has a specific focus for assessment, which is reflected by a comprehensive record for each child over the course of years 7 and 8. At GCSE, students will complete the OCR qualification in Music. Students will complete a course which focuses on 5 detailed areas of study:
- My Music
- The Concerto Through Time
- Rhythms of the World
- Film Music
- Conventions of Pop
Students will be assessed in two main areas:
- Coursework (60%): Students will complete two compositions (one to their own brief and one to a stimulus) and two compositions (one solo, one ensemble) which will be assessed internally.
- Listening Exam (40%): Students will sit a listening paper in year 11 which focuses on areas of study 1 to 5.
Students throughout the Academy are also able to take advantage of our wide range of instrumental and vocal opportunities. We are lucky to have the support of a range of talented teachers from the Birmingham Music Service and are currently able to offer lessons on:
- Dhol drums and African Drums
- French Horn
- Flute and Clarinet
Students are able to sit examinations in their chosen instrument and can do this with the support of their instrumental/vocal teacher.