“There is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply
take as much as you require.” – Elgar
The Music Department at Malvern St James aims to foster an interest and love of music in all girls:
“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music,
for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning” - Plato
Weekly hour-long Music lessons are delivered to all girls in Years 1 – 9. Lessons typically focus on practical music making through singing and instrumental performance, whilst developing theory skills through composition work and regularly appraising music through listening exercises.
In Years 3, 5 and 7, an Instrumental Scheme for one whole term during the year gives all girls the opportunity to learn an orchestral instrument. The School supplies all instruments and accessories at no extra cost and at the end of the scheme girls and parents can make an informed decision about continuing with individual instrumental lessons with our Visiting Music Teachers.
Music Technology is an integral part of the MSJ Music Curriculum and in the Prep Department all girls are given the opportunity to explore the elements of music and composition using Music Tools and Groovy Music software. At Key Stage 3 girls are introduced to Sibelius, GarageBand and Logic music software to explore and enhance their composition skills within a variety of genres.
At Key Stage Three performing, composing, listening and appraising are all explored through the Music Department’s own workbook, designed by staff to specifically cater for the full range of girls’ abilities in Years 7– 9.
The Year 9 workbook is specifically designed to prepare girls for study in GCSE Music (Edexcel), which splits into three core areas:
To assist with aural, listening, performance skills and preparation, all girls are expected to participate in at least one choir and one ensemble for the duration of the GCSE course.
GCSE and A Level Musicians have access to their own private study room in Avenue House equipped with listening stations and an extensive collection of CDs and miniatures scores for wider listening.
A specific outline of the GCSE course can be found on the Edexcel website
A Level Music
Girls can pursue Music at AS and A2 Level using the Edexcel syllabus, which provides an excellent foundation for girls who wish to read music at university.
The AS units alone, however, offer a broad and satisfying experience for those who choose to study music for only the first year of Sixth Form. Girls develop high level performance skills, explore new approaches to composition and investigate stylistic harmony in depth. They also accrue sophisticated aural and analytical skills by studying selections from the New Anthology of Music and through wider listening.
GCSE and A Level Musicians have access to their own private study room equipped with listening stations and an extensive collection of CDs and miniatures scores for wider listening.
Facilities and resources
The Music Department is located in Avenue House, a former boarding house, and contains excellent teaching facilities and outstanding resources; it is one of the best-resourced School Music Departments in the West Midlands. The Department is fortunate in being able to accommodate 17 practice rooms, 2 academic classrooms, 4 staff offices, a GCSE and A Level Girls’ listening and study room, a brand new suite of PCs equipped with Sibelius 6 software, 2 instrument storerooms, a music library, a Percussion Suite, a large Rehearsal Room, and 3 resource storerooms!
The Department can boast containing:
The spacious and well-equipped Rehearsal Room is in much demand and the Department often accommodates local ensembles who request evening rehearsals there.
Staff and students enjoy access to an extensive collection of choral, orchestral and chamber music scores and parts, and a large academic library of reference books, biographies and textbooks, including two complete sets of Grove Dictionaries. The Music Library and CD collections are constantly being reviewed and updated.
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