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Callington Community College

Callington Community College

Callington Community College

Music

Head of Department: Mr A Lane

The Music Department offers a wide variety of musical opportunities for students at the College.

As well as weekly classroom Music lessons at Key Stage 3, students have the opportunity to study GCSE Music and BTEC Level 2 Music at Key Stage 4 and BTEC Level 3 Music in the Sixth Form.  A large proportion of students choose to study Music as an option and we are very proud that a number of these pupils have gone on to study Music at some of the leading higher education establishments over the years.

Beyond the core curriculum, the Music Department offers the following activities:

  • Taiko Japanese Drumming
  • Junior Singers
  • Boys Choir
  • Senior Choir
  • Orchestra
  • Friday Band (Concert Wind Band)
  • Jazz Band
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Annual production in collaboration with Drama and Dance departments
  • Junior, Girls and Boys County Choir access rehearsals

The department has two full time teaching staff and nine visiting peripatetic music staff, enabling us to offer instrumental music tuition to a large number of students on a wide variety of instruments.

The Music Department is well equipped with a wide variety of electronic and acoustic musical instruments and digital sound recording facilities. The 2 recording studios house impressive 48 track mixing desks which record to Logic Pro running on Mac Pro computers. There are also 26 iMac computers in the department which are used both for research purposes and for sequencing / sampling / mixing on Logic, and scoring using Sibelius software.

We have 4 teaching classrooms, complete with stages, PA systems and musical instruments, along with many smaller practice rooms for small group and individual rehearsal.

Key Stage  3

Music in Years 7 and 8 at Callington Community College is both engaging and practical.

We teach an understanding of the key musical elements through developing singing, playing and listening skills.

Music lessons aim to be fun and innovative.  Our philosophy is built on an understanding that young people learn best when they are challenged by the curriculum, are being creative, and are safe and happy.

The Music Department at Callington teaches musical development by focusing on musical such concepts as ‘Melody’, ‘Harmony’ and ‘Rhythm’, with most music projects lasting half a term. The breadth of each topic allows each teacher to interpret the curriculum in a variety of ways to tailor-make each project to fit the strengths and interests of each teaching group, and to maximise the teaching strengths of each teacher in the department.

The Music Department has an impressive array of instruments to engage students and to foster learning, ranging from tuned and un-tuned percussion from across the world, to electronic keyboards and electric guitars and drum kits. Students are also encouraged to bring their own instruments to use in the classroom music projects.

Students will sometimes find themselves working as part of a Class Band, while at other times small group work is used for creative tasks as well as occasional solo performances. Students are encouraged to perform both in class and in public and there is regular assessment which focuses on the power of AfL (Assessment for Learning). For formative assessment, all aspects of a youngster’s musical lifestyle are taken into consideration.

Key Stage 3 Music in years 7 & 8 is central to developing the Music philosophy at Callington which encourages students to explore their musical interests at any level and to see music education as part of an on-going lifelong interest in music and the arts.

Key Stage 4

Music Pathways in Years 9, 10 & 11

Music at Key Stage 4 at Callington Community College offers students two different pathways of study. Students can either study GCSE Music, or follow the BTEC Level 1 / Level 2 First Award in Music.  Both pathways are rigorous, combining creativity, academia and practical activity to create a stimulating and rewarding learning experience.

Key Stage 4 Music is extremely practical.

Our courses are designed for those who enjoy composing, playing, and finding out about all types of music.

As well as providing for those who are interested in voice and orchestral instruments, our courses at KS4 cater well for rock, pop and jazz musicians, encouraging a broad range of students to take music to at this level and beyond.

The Music Department is well equipped with a wide variety of electronic and acoustic musical instruments and digital sound recording facilities. The 2 recording studios house impressive 48 track mixing desks which record to Logic Pro running on Mac Pro computers. There are also 26 iMac computers in the department which are used both for research purposes and for sequencing / sampling / mixing on Logic, and scoring using Sibelius software.

We have 4 teaching classrooms, complete with stages, PA systems and musical instruments, along with many smaller practice rooms for small group and individual rehearsal.

All of these facilities are widely used by all students in years 9, 10 and 11.

 

GCSE Music (OCR)

Integrated Portfolio 30%, Practical Portfolio 30%, Listening Exam 40%

Studying GCSE music is your chance to develop your own musical interests as well as learning about a wide range of musical styles.  The course is very practical, with students developing their ability to play an instrument or sing and also writing their own music!  Whether you can read music or learn ‘by ear’ the GCSE music course is designed to bring out the best in you as a music maker.

Breakdown of the GCSE Music course

Two performances

Solo and group performance

Two compositions

One is set to a brief by the awarding body and the other is the student’s choice

Listening Exam
1hr 30min paper covering all styles studied through the course including notation skills.

 

BTEC Level 1 / Level 2 First Award in Music

The BTEC Level 1 / Level 2 First Award in Music is a broad course, covering solo and group performance, live sound, studio recording, computer music sequencing, creating & managing music products & the music industry.

It is a nationally recognised Level 2 qualification with Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction* grades equivalent to A* – C at GCSE.  However, some learners may fail to achieve a Pass at level 2, so the BTEC course includes the opportunity for learners to gain a level 1 qualification.

This course is for all musicians, whether you consider yourself an instrumentalist, a vocalist, a music technician, studio engineer or a DJ, or aspire to be any of these!

All students will study towards the two core units, and choose two from the selection of optional units.

Assessment for this course is through regular internal monitoring of student performances, practical work and written submissions, backed up by audio and video evidence. There is one written exam, externally assessed, which forms part of one of the core units.

Although this course is taught by curriculum music staff, students are advised that they need to maintain regular instrumental lessons for the duration of this course.

This course links directly into all Level 3 courses in Music, including A-Level and BTEC Level 3.

 

Core Units

The Music Industry

How many organisations are involved in getting the music from the musician to the audience?  The music industry unit allows the student to gain a good understanding of the scope of the music industry with a view to getting work in and using the organisations that exist. Students investigate music organisations to find out about the work they do and how they relate to and rely on one another. They are also given the opportunity to find out about the people who work in these organisations, from performers to people who work in technical, production and administrative roles.

This unit is assessed externally using a 60-minute paper-based exam marked by Edexcel. The examination is worth 50 marks, and consists of a variety of question types, including objective questions, short-answer questions and one extended writing opportunity at the end of the examination paper.

Managing a Music Product

The survival of the music industry depends on its ability to evolve and be innovative with the products created. Live performance has always been a key part of the music industry, while online delivery of recorded music is now taking over from CD sales.

The managing a music product unit enables students to manage the planning, delivery and promotion of a live concert, CD, or other music product. The success of the music product relies heavily on the planning and development process. It is important that different types of audience are understood and successful promotion is able to effectively engage these audiences.

Students work in defined roles to apply the specialist skills, knowledge and understanding required for the aspect of the work for which they are responsible. For example, students could be performers in a live concert or on a recording (either traditionally or performing with technology such as DJing), or they could be taking on the technical role of producing recordings for a CD or online product. Whichever role students take, they must demonstrate appropriate planning skills for the creation of the product.

 

‘Option’ Units – Students choose 2 of the following 4

Performance

Having a career as a performer requires high levels of technical ability on an instrument or voice. In order to achieve high levels of technical proficiency, musicians need to be able to develop an appropriate discipline and perseverance.

The performance unit focuses both on the development of the student as a soloist and includes many opportunities for group performance.

The student learns how to rehearse effectively, how to perform increasingly demanding pieces, and how to evaluate and critique their own solo and group performances.

Live Sound

Live sound is the heart of the music industry. The sound engineer’s role is key to its success and is a rewarding and challenging career path.

The live sound unit offers the student the opportunity to learn about live sound and carry out the role of a live sound engineer.

Recording

The ability to create audio recordings is essential for anyone with a desire to work in the music industry in a technical role.

In the music recording unit, the student uses music technology to create multi-track recordings, recording from audio sources such as acoustic instruments, amplified instruments, electronic instruments and vocals. The student learns how to control the input signals from real sound sources using gain and microphone placement. Once the tracks have been recorded successfully, the student mixes these sounds together into a finished recording using some basic processing such as reverb, chorus and EQ.

Computer Music (Sequencing)

Digital technology is a huge part of the music that surrounds us in the 21st century.

In the music sequencing unit, the student uses sequencing software packages to create music in response to a realistic, music-industry-led brief.  The student learns how software is capable of producing high-quality music using a variety of sources, including loops and software instruments, then editing their music by the application of different processes such as quantisation, looping and note editing, and enhancing the sound by the addition of appropriate plug-in effects such as reverb, delay and distortion, then creating a final, completed mix.

 

Key Stage 5

The Music Department at Callington is an exciting place for Sixth Form students with an interest in Music.

A large proportion of students choose to study Music as an option and we are very proud that a number of these students have gone on to study Music at some of the leading higher education establishments over the years.

 

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Music

The Music sector is a dynamic area of the performing arts and many of its skills are transferable between the different areas of the larger genre.

Career opportunities for people working, or wishing to work, in the music industry are wide and varied. Careers in the sector range from singing with a pop band to music publishing with many different options in between.

With the emphasis on practical music making, this course will appeal to students who wish to develop their playing and singing skills, their musical understanding, theoretical musical knowledge, composition and music technology skills and learn about how music fits in to society and cultures around the world. A knowledge and understanding of how the music industry works will be an important feature of the course and it should appeal to students with a wide range of musical interests.

This course offers a broad basis of study for the music sector with a focus on performance, developing instrumental technique, music theory and professional practice.

All students study three mandatory units, covering the following content areas:

  • Ensemble music performance techniques
  • Practical music theory and harmony 

  • Professional practice in the music industry


Students choose one option unit from a selection covering areas such as: 


  • Solo performance
  • Music software skills (music technology)
  • Composing music

In addition to the music-specific content, this qualification gives students transferable and higher-order skills that are valued by higher education providers and employers. For example, communication, performance and teamwork skills, as well as personal vocal/instrumental technique development are some of the skills learners need to progress to higher education, employment, self-employment or training.

 

Level 3 Course Outline

 

Higher Education and Career Opportunities

In addition to the music-specific content, the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Music qualification offered at Callington gives students transferable and higher-order skills that are valued by higher education providers and employers. For example, communication, performance and teamwork skills, as well as personal vocal/instrumental technique development are some of the skills learners need to progress to higher education, employment, self-employment or training.

BTEC Level 3 courses open the door to higher education and a career.  When developing the new BTEC courses, Pearson worked closely with over 5,000 employers, universities, teaching professionals and trainers.  This means that you can be confident that the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Music qualification offered at Callington:

  • Is high quality
  • Is the right course to support your progression in music
  • Provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed

 

Course Content

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Music offers a broad basis of study for the music sector with a focus on performance, developing instrumental technique, music theory and professional practice.

All students study three mandatory units, covering the following content areas:

  • Ensemble music performance techniques
  • Practical music theory and harmony 

  • Professional practice in the music industry


Students choose one option unit from a selection covering areas such as: 


  • Solo performance
  • Music software skills (music technology)
  • Composing music

In addition to the music-specific content, this qualification gives students transferable and higher-order skills that are valued by higher education providers and employers. For example, communication, performance and teamwork skills, as well as personal vocal/instrumental technique development are some of the skills learners need to progress to higher education, employment, self-employment or training.

 

Course Structure

This course is equivalent in size 
to one A level.  There are 4 units in total, of which 3 are mandatory and 1 additional unit, which can be chosen from a selection on offer.

 

Delivery

The course delivery is largely practical in nature and makes full use of the music department facilities. There are dedicated practice rooms, performance rooms with PA, two recording studios and teaching rooms with computer suites and relevant software.

 

Assessment

58% of the course is externally assessed, with the remainder of the course being assessed by your teacher and then verified.

The results of assessment for all of the units are aggregated and students are awarded a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

 

Activities, Clubs & Ensembles

The Music Department at Callington is particularly active in encouraging extra-curricular activities.

Choir

Our award-winning choir sings a mixture of songs from pop, gospel and classical and is suitable for anyone who enjoys singing, wants to learn to control and develop their voice and wants to make some friends. We perform at least once a term and have opportunities for solo parts.

Junior Singers

This group is open to all students.  Younger students in Year 7 and 8 especially enjoy this activity as the club explores a wide variety of musical repertoire and warming-up techniques to enable students to develop their vocal skills.  Many students gain the confidence from this group to move on to Choir as they get older.

Boy’s Choir

A swarthy collection of young men, who meet on an ad-hoc basis to sing in perfect harmony!  With a range of material from Jazz, through Doo-wop to Pop, this group have performed both for the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and at the Albert Hall!

Friday Band

Young wind, brass and percussion players gather on Fridays in the Music Department to take part in the college Concert Wind Band.  As it rehearses on a Friday, it has over the years become affectionately known as the “Friday Band”.  This group shows that the future of wind band music in the College will be dynamic and secure in the years to come.

Orchestra

The college Orchestra has a good balance of wind, brass, string and percussion players, and is hugely popular at any College concert.  Many students, once joining the Orchestra, still enjoy attending Friday Band, where they may take on more of a leadership role.

Brass Ensemble

The Brass Ensemble is an ensemble run by one of our senior student music ambassadors, meeting once a week at lunchtime.  Popular music, film scores and traditional brass band repertoire feature in their playlist, making this group hugely entertaining at any of the college concerts.

Taiko Drumming

The Callington Taiko group has been up and running for several years now, inspired by workshops given by Kagamusha Taiko of Exeter.

Taiko Japanese Drumming is unlike any other school-based percussion ensemble … in a common Samba band it is unlikely that all of the instruments will have been made by the students themselves, yet this is exactly what the students in the taiko group have done.

Taiko is an ancient Japanese form of percussion using large drums. The drums range in size from roughly a snare drum (“shime”), to drums as large as a car (the “o-daiko”). The most common drum size in taiko is the “chu-daiko” which is the size of a wine barrel. Most of Callington’s drums are of the chu-daiko sort.

During the 1900’s, taiko drumming became a musical art form that involved a music ensemble and tightly choreographed movements. This is taiko as we know it today.

One of taiko’s most defining aspects is it’s dynamic playing style. Taiko playing is loud, hard, and fast, and involves a lot of choreographed movement which many identify with Japanese martial arts.

There are more than 8,000 taiko groups in Japan, but it is only over the last 30 years that taiko drumming has taken root in the western world.

The Callington Taiko group are a large ensemble, mostly made up of Key Stage 3 students with older students assisting with the leadership of the group.  Heavily in demand, the group regularly perform both in-school and in the local community.

Jazz Band

Callington’s Jazz Band are an enthusiastic collection of young musicians who love to play and improvise!

Any instrument is welcome, and many styles are incorporated into our repertoire; from bebop, swing and latin, to funk, soul and smooth jazz.

The Jazz Band are a regular feature at local festivals, fetes and carnivals.

Production Orchestra

The Production Orchestra meets when required, in the build up to the college’s production.  Usually made up of senior instrumentalists, members of the Production Orchestra are playing at the highest level, reading complicated musical score, accompanying actors for the entire run (usually 4 nights plus dress rehearsals) of the production.  In recent years the college has staged “Return to the Forbidden Planet”, “Grease”, “Hairspray” & “Fame” amongst others. 

Music Club

This is for Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form students to continue any creative composition and performance work. Pupils can use the Apple Macs in the department to work on Logic Pro and Sibelius.  Teachers will be on hand to give extra support to pupils wishing to develop their coursework. Pupils can also work in the practice rooms (which can sometimes be busy during lesson time) and run rehearsals to prepare for forthcoming performances for coursework and concerts. Pupils can use this time to catch up on music homework or start vital revision before exams in the summer.

Instrumental Tuition 

Learning an instrument or singing, at any level, is great fun and hugely rewarding.

At Callington there is an enormous variety of music going on, with plenty of opportunities for young singers and players to share their music-making with others.

At present we employ a team of excellent teachers who teach a wide variety of instruments and singing.  These instruments include:

  • Brass
  • Cello & Double Bass
  • Flute, Clarinet & Saxophone
  • Classical Guitar
  • Drum Kit
  • Electric & Acoustic (Rock / Pop) Guitar
  • Electric Bass Guitar
  • Keyboard & Piano
  • Singing
  • Violin & Viola

Instrumental Lesson Timetables are displayed in the Music corridor and on the Student VLE.

If you would like to talk to us about instrumental lessons at Callington, please contact Mr Lane on 01579 383292 ext. 243 or email aklane@callingtoncc.net 

If you would like to request instrumental lessons for your child please first read these Terms & Conditions, then complete this form.