Departmental Vision

The Music Department at The Cheadle Academy focus on developing the overall musician. We acknowledge that not everybody is a performer – some can be talented composers, producers and arrangers! Through our varied curriculum (which covers everything from the Baroque era to Commercial Dance Music Production), extra-curricular activities we aim to enrich the lives of our students through music.

KS3 Overview (what is taught in KS3)

Units studied at Key Stage 3 include:
Year 7: Building Blocks, Music for Special Events, Descriptive Music, AABA Pop Songs
Year 8: Around the World, Music for Stage and Screen, Riffs and Repeating Patterns, Music for Dance

KS4 Overview (what is taught in KS4)

GCSE: Edexcel: This subject involves solo and ensemble performance and students are required to compose two pieces of music. They will also sit a listening exam where they will be examined on set piece of music from the exam board. Areas of music studied at this level include music from the Western tradition such as Mozart and Handel, 20th Century Music such as Bernstein and Schoenberg, Popular Music such as Geoff Buckley and Moby and World Music such as British Fusion and African.

KS5 Overview (what is taught in KS5)

AS Music: Edexcel:
This course is split into three units:
Composition: Students will compose a 3 minute piece from a set brief from the exam board. Students will write a programme note to accompany this describing the features of their composition in relation to other pieces of music.
Performance: Students can perform as a soloist or in an ensemble with the performance lasting 5-6 minutes.
Listening: Section A is based on set works that the students have studied from a variety of different genres and styles, Section B focusses on the students ability to compare and contrast pieces of music through an essay and Section C assessing the students understanding of chords and lines.

A2 Music

Composition: Students will compose two pieces of music, either a composition on a set brief from the exam board or a technical study.
Performance: A 12-15 minute recital containing contrasting piece.
Listening: Section A is listening based around the set works the students have studied with some unfamiliar music. Section B focusses on the students ability to compare and contrast pieces of music and to demonstrate understanding of the context of pieces of music they have studied through essays.

Career Opportunities

There are many possible careers within the sound and music industry, these careers include:
Professional Performer, Film/TV Composer, Technical and Sound Support, Musical Theatre, Music Journalism, Music Teaching, Music Therapy.

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Extra-Curricular Activities

Monday: Dance Club, Guitar and Tech Club, Key Stage 4 & 5 Mentoring
Tuesday: Wind Band, Year 10 GCSE Mentoring
Wednesday: Brass Group
Thursday: Flute Group, African Drumming Ensemble, Senior Singers
Friday: String Group, Choir, Music Theory Club

Instrumental lessons are also provided by Music For Life and are accessible to all students regardless of their musical background.