The Music department plays a central role in the life at St Thomas More LC. It is a vital part of school worship, either in collective worship or at regular masses held in St Mary’s Church. There are many performance opportunities including concerts and a showcase each term.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, students have three, one hour lessons over a two week period. Students study a wide range of topics to prepare them for GCSE Music including Keyboard and guitar skills, for example the Blues, Baroque Music, Film Music and Music in the Media. Students are strongly encouraged to use their own instruments for any practical tasks. There is the opportunity for composition work at KS3 & 4 to be completed in the Apple Mac suite which has the latest music software.
There are currently two GCSE Music groups in KS4 following the OCR specification made up of three key areas: Performing (30%), Composing (30%) Listening (40%). There is instrumental and vocal tuition available to all students and GCSE music students are expected to play a leading role in the music enrichment activities.
Students work towards both Associated Board of the Royal School of Music theory and practical music examinations Grades from 1 to 8 as well as Trinity rock school and music theatre exams.
There is a very strong tradition of high quality extra-curricular music-making. Our choirs and ensembles meet regularly and work towards regular concerts, services and other performance opportunities. We expect those students receiving instrument or vocal tuition play an active role in the musical life of the school by joining a relevant ensemble. The music department currently runs the College Choir, Jazz band and orchestra, plus other ensembles led by the students themselves. Our ensembles are often invited to play at concerts and events outside school.
Instrumental & Vocal Tuition
We have a dedicated team of peripatetic instrumental and vocal staff. Tuition is provided on a whole range of instruments – Flute, saxophone, clarinet, strings, piano, guitar, drums and voice.
For further information about Music qualifications please contact Mr D McAllister