Music must be fun and open to all but it is equally important to encourage students to aim for the highest standards, and then keep reaching. There are so many opportunities for music making at Hayesfield, all KS3 students have it as part of their curriculum and can also opt for the Harmony or HUSH Masterclass, and at KS4&5 students are encouraged to participate even if they are no longer studying. The extra-curricular clubs are well supported and students even run their own. We are also lucky to enjoy the support of a great team of instrumental staff and the use of fantastic facilities.
Music Subject Aims
At Key Stage 3 all students should gain an understanding of the building blocks of musical composition and understand how to construct a successful performance. They will also have an appreciation of the music from many cultures and backgrounds and through this gain an understanding of the context of their own musical taste and tradition. Through performing they will have developed team work skills and an understanding of leadership. As composers they will have developed independent learning and decision making skills as well as an understanding of the place of ICT within contemporary music production. Students will develop the confidence to express themselves and an empathy with others.
In addition at Key Stage 4 and 5 students will develop their own musical ability and learn deepening analysis skills. Music aims to develop creative and logical thinking, as well as independent learning and the ability to work with others. Self reflection is essential as well as the ability to comment critically and constructively about the work of others.
Music Department Staff
Mr Roy Page (Head of Music)
Mrs Charlene Adams ( Music Teacher)
Mrs Alex Williams (Instrumental Lessons Secretary)
Mr Kevin Poplett, Saxophone
Mr Jason Hatton, Piano
Mr Nick Rasle, Guitar
Mrs Nicolette Brown, Violin
Mr Kim Lee, Drums
Mrs Theresa Cole, Cello
Mrs Estelle Greeley, Flute
Mrs N Willis, Flute
Miss Kate Griffiths, Singing
Miss Rachel Sadka Singing Tues 12:45-3:15
Mrs Julia Holmes Clarinet Monday 11-3pm
Ms A Kingham Brass Wednesday 11:45-14:45
We are fully committed to full participation from all students and ensure that there is no obstacle to students enjoying and progressing in their Music lessons. In addition to identifying and supporting SEN students, according to the SEN policy and SIS sheet information provided (including involvement of TAs where appropriate), the Music Department identify subject specific students who may require additional support.
Gifted and Talented
We recognise that many students’ have experience of music outside of school and learn an instrument or voice. Those who arrive at Hayesfield in year 7 at Grade 4 or above are placed on the Music Gifted and Talented register.
All students are encouraged to perform in extra-curricular groups or sign up to the music showcase events. Gifted and Talented students are particularly encouraged here and also encouraged to take a leading role in supporting school music groups and events.
Music is divided into 3 areas:
- Lower School – A 3 year bridging curriculum from KS2 to GCSE (Year 7 – Year 9)
- Upper School – 2 Year GCSE course from Year 10 to Year 11
- A Level – 2 Year course from Year 12 to Year 13