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A Warm Welcome to Huxlow

At Huxlow we believe that students who are happy, feel safe and are taught well will enjoy school and as a result be successful.

We are passionate about caring for our students, ensuring that they are all known as individuals. Ofsted June 2016 stated that “everyone in the school puts pupil’s well-being at the centre of everything they do”.

Students are challenged to be as good as they possibly can be and supported to achieve this. Academic success is hugely important to us and we have a rich history of students of all abilities and from a wide variety of backgrounds achieving as well as they could.

However, schools are about far more than academic success and we believe that developing “The Whole Child” is one of our core responsibilities. In order to enjoy a successful adult life it is important that our students develop characteristics such as leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative, and communication.

I am hugely proud of our school and am happy to extend an invitation to all Parents/ Carers to come and visit us during the school day. Please contact us on enquiries@huxlow.northants.sch.uk and we will arrange a convenient time.

Mr S Gordon
Headteacher

Music

KEY STAGE 3

Music is a universal language which embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Music lessons in Years 7 and 8 will engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. This will help to develop their self-confidence, creativity, communication, teamwork and leadership skills and foster an overall sense of achievement. Students will work both independently and collaboratively to develop Performance, Composing and Listening skills.  They will be taught to:

  • Play and perform confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts using instruments and their voices fluently and with accuracy and expression.
  • Improvise, compose and develop musical ideas by drawing on a range of musical structures, styles, genres and traditions.
  • Use relevant notations appropriately and accurately.
  • Listen with increasing discrimination to a wide range of music from great musicians and composers from around the world. 

Our Goal: “At Huxlow every individual is empowered to fulfil their potential”

To fulfil your potential at Key Stage 3 you should:

  • Ensure that you complete homework set to the best of your ability and hand it in on time.
  • Be prepared to listen to, perform and compose music in the style of something that’s probably not on your own playlist.
  • Try your hardest in every lesson – not everyone is going to be the next Ed Sheeran or Elgar, but you can all give it a go!

KEY STAGE 4

The GCSE Music course is designed to give all students the opportunity to develop on from Key Stage 3 their knowledge, understanding and skills of music.  Instrumental/Vocal performing skills are developed in preparation for the Performing coursework which involves one solo performance and one ensemble performance. Students spend some considerable time improving their composition skills, learning and applying rules of harmony and how to develop musical ideas, so that they can complete the Composing coursework: one free composition and one as a response to a set brief. For the third Appraising component, listening and appraising skills are developed through the study of eight set works, from the following Areas of Study:

  • Instrumental Music 1700-1820
  • Vocal Music
  • Music for Stage and Screen
  • Fusions

Our values #2: “Everyone is ambitious and welcomes the challenge of being the best they can”

To be the best you can be at Key Stage 4 you should:

  • Ensure that you complete homework set to the best of your ability and hand it in on time.
  • Be prepared to listen to, perform and compose music in the style of something that’s probably not on your own playlist.
  • Try your hardest in every lesson – not everyone is going to be the next Ed Sheeran or Elgar, but you can all give it a go!
  • Be prepared to make mistakes, find out what you did wrong and learn from your experience for the next time.

 

ASSESSMENT

  • Component 1 – Performing Coursework – 30% (Internally marked, externally moderated)
    • 1 Solo Performance, minimum 1 minute
    • 1 Ensemble Performance, minimum 1 minute
  • Component 2 – Performing Coursework – 30% (Internally marked, externally moderated)
    • 1 Composition set to a brief from the exam board, released in the year of accreditation
    • 1 Free composition
  • Component 3 – Appraising Exam (Externally marked)–4 Areas of Study with Two Set Works in each:
    • Instrumental Music 1700-1820
    • Vocal Music
    • Music for Stage and Screen
    • Fusions

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A MUSIC QUALIFICATION?

Anything and everything! Musicians have a wide range of career options, including performer, teacher, administrator, songwriter, conductor, composer, recording engineer, manager, promoter, music therapy or music publisher. There are also more jobs than ever in music business related areas such as social media, PR and technology.

Music complements a range of commonly required A-level subjects like Maths, Physics, English and Biology. These are also known as ‘facilitating subjects’, and selecting a good mix can help keep degree choices wide open.  You can choose to study music at degree level at either a university or conservatoire. Most universities will require you to study Music A-level or equivalent like Music and Grade VII/VIII for more traditional courses. If you study Music at GCSE or A-level, this can be a good foundation for vocational courses in music technology and jobs in sound recording, audio engineering, studio facilities or music production. 

                                                                                                                                                                                     

KEY STAGE 5

Huxlow Science College, The Ferrers School and Rushden Academy work together to create a unique post-16 learning community, The East Northamptonshire College (TENC). For details of the full range of courses and opportunities available, please visit www.tenconline.co.uk

 

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • College Choir
  • Ukulele Group
  • Samba Group
  • Brass Group
  • String Group

 

DEPARTMENT STAFF

Mrs R Runnells - Head of Music

NMPAT Instrumental and Vocal Teaching Staff:

  • Carly Palmer – Strings and Piano
  • Mary Jane Dixon – Voice
  • Mark Taylor – Percussion
  • Joanne Green – Woodwind
  • Sean McAuley – Guitar
  • Andy Johnson – Brass, Keyboard and Piano

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you would to find out more about the Music curriculum, please contact Mrs R Runnells