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 KS 4 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.
Key Stage 4
A BTEC First Award in Music is offered to develop a range of relevant practical and technical skills within the music industry. Students will explore music product development and events management, and apply their knowledge in new and practical industry-related contexts.
Students will study the following two mandatory units, covering the fundamental knowledge, skills and understanding required for the music sector:
● The music industry
● Managing a music product
Students will explore two sub-sectors of the music industry, by choosing a further two units.
● Introducing music composition
● Introducing music performance
The entire course is coursework-based apart from the core unit of ‘The Music industry’, which is a one hour written examination.
Students work towards both Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) theory and practical music examinations Grades from 1 to 8 as well as Trinity rock school music 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, orchestra and samba groups, plus other ensembles led by the students themselves. Our ensembles are often invited to play at concerts and events outside school.
Instrumental & Vocal Tuition
There are instrumental and vocal tuition available to all students and KS 4 music students are expected to play a leading role in the music enrichment of the school. We have a dedicated team of peripatetic instrumental and vocal staff. Tuition is provided on a range of instruments – Flute, saxophone, clarinet, strings, piano, guitar, drums and voice.
For further information about Music qualifications please contact Mr D McAllister