Music

The Music Department at Hampton College is a lively and inclusive department where all students are encouraged to participate in live music making. We offer students a diverse range of experiences through performing, composing, and listening to different genres of music.

We have a dedicated i-Mac computer suite equipped with midi keyboards and music software such as: Sibelius, Garage Band and Logic Essential to help students create their own compositions.

The department provides many opportunities for students to perform their work: Christmas and summer concerts as well as soirees throughout the year. In recent years students have competed at the Peterborough Music Festival and in our own Battle of the Bands competition. Enthusiastic musicians can join any of our regular extra-curricular ensembles as well as booking rehearsal space to work more independently on their own music. The department also collaborates on a yearly production with the Drama department with recent successes including: The Wizard of Oz, Hairspray and A Night at the Movies.

As a department we have run a variety of ensembles over recent years including: a jazz band, Samba and African Drumming groups, Mixed Voices and Female Singers, Boys’ Choir, Ukuleles, Rock Bands, and Orchestra. There is also a Music Theory club for students wishing to improve their academic understanding of music through notation.

Our aim is to accommodate the different ages and abilities of students within the college and to provide an enjoyable learning experience for all pupils.

Staff:

Head of Music – Mr M Smith

Music Teacher – Mrs E Benyon

Music Teacher – Mr J Wood

For more up-to-date information follow the Music Department @HCMusicDept on Twitter: www.twitter.com/hcmusicdept

We are constantly reviewing our key stage 3 music curriculum to ensure we are incorporating all genres of music including the most modern. Below are some of the topics that will be taught in 2017-18.

  • Year 7

    In Year 7 students will study a variety of topics including:

    • Vocalise/Songwriting
    • Graphic scores
    • Ukuleles
    • Keyboard skills
    • Film Music
    • World Music

    Students will have the opportunity to experience playing several different instruments throughout Year 7 as well developing their performance ability more generally and their singing skills.  Students will be encouraged to listen to a variety of music and compose in various styles too.

  • Year 8

    Learning continues with a practical focus through Year 8 and topics covered include:

    • Pachelbel’s canon/Ground bass compositions
    • Guitars
    • Cover Songs/Making Arrangements
    • World Music (including African, Samba, Indian, Gamelan and Reggae)

    Year 8 is all about honing the skills introduced in Year 7 and building on these.  Towards the end of the year there is a strong focus on World Music – exploring different musical cultures and systems.

  • Year 9

    Popular Music forms a large part of our Year 9 curriculum with students developing the practical skills to facilitate more independent learning on a variety of instruments: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and ukulele…

    Topics covered include:

    • Blues/Jazz
    • Musical Theatre
    • Popular Music
    • Music Technology
  • Key Stage 4

    In September 2016 year 10 students will be following the new Edexcel GCSE specification.  Below is a brief outline of the key components of GCSE Music:

    Component 1: Performing (30% of the qualification)

    Content overview

    • Solo performing
    • Ensemble performing
    • Approaches to performing

    Assessment overview

    • Students perform for at least four minutes’ combined duration
    • Solo performance: this must be of at least one minute in duration, and may comprise one

      or more pieces

    • Ensemble performance: this must be of at least one minute in duration, and may comprise

      one or more pieces

    Component 2: Composing (30% of the qualification)

    Content overview

    • Developing musical ideas
    • Compositional techniques and strategies
    • Ensuring technical control and coherence
    • Methods of notating composition scores

    Assessment overview

    • Students compose two compositions, of at least three minutes’ combined duration
    • One composition to a brief set by Pearson, of at least one minute in duration.
    • One free composition set by the student, of at least one minute in duration.

    Component 3: Appraising (40% of the qualification)

    Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

    Content overview

    • Musical elements, musical contexts and musical language
    • Areas of study:
      • Instrumental Music 1700–1820
      • Vocal Music
      • Music for Stage and Screen
      • Fusions.

    Assessment overview

    The paper is made up of two sections and is out of a total of 80 marks.

    Section A – Areas of study, dictation, and unfamiliar pieces (68 marks)

    • Six questions related to six of the eight set works.
    • One short melody/rhythm completion exercise.
    • One question on an unfamiliar piece (skeleton score provided) with questions on its

      musical elements, musical contexts and musical language.

    Section B – Extended response comparison between a set work and one

    unfamiliar piece (12 marks)

    • One question that asks students to compare and/or evaluate the musical elements, musical contexts and musical language of one set work with one unfamiliar piece of music.

    The eight set works and their areas of study are:

    Instrumental Music 1700–1820

    • J S Bach: 3rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D major
    • L van Beethoven: 1st Movement from Piano Sonata no. 8 in C minor ‘Pathétique’

    Vocal Music

    • H Purcell: Music for a While
    • Queen: Killer Queen (from the album ‘Sheer Heart Attack’)

    Music for Stage and Screen

    • S Schwartz: Defying Gravity (from the album of the cast recording of Wicked)
    • J Williams: Main title/rebel blockade runner (from the soundtrack to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)

    Fusions

    • Afro Celt Sound System: Release (from the album ‘Volume 2: Release’)
    • Esperanza Spalding: Samba Em Preludio (from the album ‘Esperanza’)

    Further information can be found on the Edexcel GCSE Music website.

  • Key Stage 5

    In September 2016 year 12 students will be following the new Edexcel A-level specification.

    Below is a brief outline of the key components of A-level Music:

    Component 1: Performing (30% of the qualification)

    Content overview

    • Approaches to performing

    Assessment overview

    • A public performance of one or more pieces, performed as a recital.
    • Performance can be playing or singing solo, in an ensemble, improvising, or realising music using music technology.
    • The total performance time across all pieces must be a minimum of 8 minutes.
    • Performances must be recorded after 1 March in the year of certification and all materials for assessment submitted to arrive by 15 May in the year of certification.

    Component 2: Composing (30% of the qualification)

    Content overview

    • Approaches to composing

    Assessment overview

    • Total of two compositions, one to a brief set by Pearson and one either free composition or also to a brief.
    • One composition must be from either a list of briefs related to the areas of study, or a free composition, carrying 40 marks for this component. This composition must be at least 4 minutes in duration.
    • One composition must be from a list of briefs assessing compositional technique, carrying 20 marks for this component. This composition must be at least 1 minute in duration, unless the brief specifies a longer minimum duration.
    • Total time across both submissions must be a minimum of 6 minutes.

    Component 3: Appraising (40% of the qualification)

    Written examination: 2 hours

    Content overview

    • Knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language.
    • Application of knowledge through the context of six areas of study, each with three set works.
      • Vocal Music,
      • Instrumental Music,
      • Music for Film,
      • Popular Music and Jazz,
      • Fusions,
      • New Directions.
    • Application of knowledge to unfamiliar works.
    • The areas of study are: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and

      Jazz, Fusions, New Directions.

    Assessment overview

    • One written paper of 2 hours.
    • This paper comprises two sections: A and B.

    Section A: Areas of study and dictation (50 marks)

    • Three questions related to the set works (audio and skeleton score provided).
    • One short melody/rhythm completion exercise.

    Section B: Extended response

    • Two essay questions
    • Essay one asks students to draw links from their study of the set works to the music heard as an unfamiliar extract.
    • Essay two gives a choice of three questions that ask students to evaluate the musical elements, context and language of one set work. Each option will be from a different area of study.

    Overview of the areas of study and set works:

    Vocal Music

    • J. S. Bach, Cantata, Ein feste Burg
    • Mozart, The Magic Flute
    • Vaughan Williams, On Wenlock Edge

    Instrumental Music

    • Vivaldi, Concerto in D minor, Op. 3 No. 11
    • Clara Wieck-Schumann, Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17: movement 1
    • Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique

    Music for Film

    • Danny Elfman, Batman Returns
    • Rachel Portman, The Duchess
    • Bernard Herrmann, Psycho

    Popular Music and Jazz

    • Courtney Pine, Back in the Day
    • Kate Bush, Hounds of Love
    • Beatles, Revolver

    Fusions

    • Debussy, Estampes
    • Familia Valera Miranda, Caña Quema
    • Anoushka Shankar, Breathing Under Water

    New Directions

    • Cage, Three Dances for Two Prepared Pianos
    • Kaija Saariaho, Petals for Violoncello and Live Electronics
    • Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring

    Further information can be found on the Edexcel A-level Music Website.

  • Extra Curricular

    The Music Department is always very busy.  Over the last few years the department has run a variety of ensembles including:

    • Hampton College Orchestra
    • Mixed Singers
    • Female Vocals
    • Boys Choir
    • Woodwind Ensemble
    • Jazz Group
    • Ukuleles
    • Rock Bands
    • String Orchestra
    • Music Technology
    • African/Samba Drumming

      These groups rehearse weekly during lunchtime or after school (usually until 4.00pm). Copies of the extra-curricular timetable will be displayed around the Music Department and in most classrooms on form noticeboards.  All students are welcomed to attend regardless of year group or ability with some older students taking on leadership roles within certain ensembles.

      If there is a group that you would like to run that doesn’t already exist then please just ask.

      The Music Department also contains several peripatetic instrumental teachers offering tuition on almost every instrument:

    • Strings
    • Brass
    • Drum kit
    • Piano
    • Voice
    • Guitar
    • Woodwind

    For more information please contact Mr Smith.