Music

Welcome to the Music Department. Our aim is to evoke an interest in and appreciation of music, which is seen as one of the essential ingredients to a happy and emotionally stable life. All students will be given this opportunity regardless of previous musical experience and ability. We encourage students to develop their own opinions and thoughts about many different types of music from around the world and from past to present. To do this, students experience music by the three main skills of performing, composing and listening with understanding.

We have a very popular instrumental service that runs within the school to enable parents to purchase instrumental or singing lessons for their daughters. Students who have such lessons either in or out of school are encouraged to use these skills both in the classroom and in our very busy extra-curricular programme.

Music is taught to all students in years 7 – 9 and then it is available as a GCSE and A Level option for years 10 – 13. Our department is very well equipped with 2 main teaching rooms, 4 practice rooms/instrumental teaching rooms and a recording studio.

 

Key Stage 3

In Years 7 and 8 we study a wide range of music from Mozart to the Blues and aim to help the students understand how music has developed over time. In Year 9 we follow a Musical Futures style programme that looks at modern popular music and film music. We work on developing the students’ skills in performing, composing and listening, as well as more transferable life skills, such as creativity, team work and leadership skills.

In Years 7 and 8, much of the homework is research-based or written and should take the students about half an hour to complete each week. In Year 9, the students are expected to use the music department to work on their songs or film pieces and they can book a practice room or computer during lunch time to do this.

The regular musical extra-curricular activities open to Years 7 – 9 are:

  • Rock Choir
  • Lower School Orchestra
  • String Orchestra
  • Flute Choir
  • Ukulele Club

We have three main School Concerts per year and regularly participate in local festivals and events. We also run various trips to concerts and activities throughout the year and students have many opportunities to perform in assemblies, liturgies and Masses.

There is also the opportunity to take instrumental/singing grade exams.

 

Key Stage 4

If students opt to study Music in KS4, they will follow the new Edexcel GCSE Music specification (1MU0).

They will be examined on their abilities to:

  • Perform
  • Compose
  • Listen to and appraise music

Homework tasks can be written, practical or research based and should take about an hour and a half each week to complete.

All students studying GCSE music are expected to participate in extra-curricular activities. Those available to years 10 and 11 are:

  • Loreto Cantores Choir
  • Loreto Chamber Choir
  • Flute Choir
  • String Orchestra
  • Ukulele Club

GCSE students are also expected to be involved in School Concerts and to make the most of the many performing opportunities available to them. We also run various trips to concerts and shows each year.

The current year 11 are following the legacy GCSE course Edexcel GCSE Music (9MU01) which follows a similar pathway to the new specification.

Useful websites include: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/

 

Key Stage 5

For A Level, our Year 12 students are following the new specification set out by Edexcel (9MU0).

Our Year 13 students are following the legacy specification Edexcel (9MU01).

In both Specifications, students are examined in four main areas:

  • Performance
  • Composition and Composition techniques
  • Aural Skills
  • Analysis

Students are expected to practise their main instrument/voice each day and each piece of written homework should take up to three hours to complete. They should also spend additional time listening to a wide range of music and experiencing music in a ‘live’ environment’.

Students are expected to take a full part in the musical life of the school. They can contribute towards the Liturgies, Masses and religious events, as well as performing for special occasions in school. They take a leading role in the School Concerts, helping the younger students within the large ensembles and they are encouraged to lead their own groups. We also have a 6th form Chamber Choir aimed specifically at years 12 and 13.

 

Individual instrumental/singing lessons at Loreto

All students at Loreto have the opportunity to apply for instrumental or singing lessons as soon as they arrive at the school. We offer lessons on all the following instruments:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass
  • Guitar (all types)
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • French Horn
  • Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Piano
  • Drum Kit
  • Singing

The lessons can be 15, 20 or 30 minutes in length and can be taught to individuals, pairs or groups. The current prices are:

  • 30 minutes individual – £200 per term (11 lessons)
  • 15 minutes individual – £100 per term (11 lessons)
  • Paired lessons – £100 per term (11 lessons)
  • Group lessons (3-4 students) – £70 per term (11 lessons)

The local authority may be prepared to pay 50% or 100% of any music lessons supplied by the Hertfordshire Music Service, depending on your income and the benefits you get.  For more details about this, click here.

 

Whole School extra-curricular activities:

Most of our musical groups involve students from all the years the full list is as follows:

  • Lower School Ensemble
  • Rock Choir
  • Loreto College Cantores
  • Chamber Choir
  • Flute Choir
  • String Orchestra
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Ukulele Club

We also run concert trips throughout the year and take the Cantores Choir on a European tour every two years.

There is also the chance for students to shine on the stage with our whole school musical which takes place every two years.

 

 

Page updated June 2017