The Music Department is a lively place to be within Bay House School. We are a well-resourced department with 3 specialist classrooms, a recording studio and a further 7 practice rooms.
We pride ourselves on keeping practical music-making at the centre both inside and outside of the classroom. There is always music being, whether that be one of our ensembles rehearsing for an upcoming concert, students composing their own material, or just friends making music together.
Key Stage 3
Pupils can expect to do a lot of practical music-making at Key Stage 3. They will spend time singing and playing a variety of instruments whilst studying a wide range of musical styles, genres and contexts, developing their performing, composing and appraising skills.
In year 7 pupils focus on how music is fundamentally put together and created before studying more rhythmic and harmonic development in year 8. In year 9, pupils learn about complex genres of music and develop an in-depth understanding of the use of music technology.
Key Stage 4
We have 2 different pathways that are available to pupils at KS4. One is the Music GCSE where we use the AQA examination board, the other route being the NCFE Music Technology course.
GCSE Music (You must play an instrument for this course)
Performing – 40%
- Solo Performance – 20%
- Ensemble Performance – 20%
Composing – 40%
- Free composition – 20%
- Composition to a set brief – 10%
- Appraisal of the composition analysing techniques – 10%
Listening Exam – 20%
- 1 hour listening exam based on Western Classical Music, Popular Music & World Music.
NCFE Music Technology
(Computer-based, playing an instrument is not necessary here)
Two core units:
- Unit 1 – Set up and operate a digital audio system
- Unit 2 – Creating music using a digital audio station (externally marked)
Two units from a choice of:
- Recording/Mixing Multi-Track Audio
- Developing DJ Skills
- Producing Dance Music
- Sound Design in films, games & advertising
- Microphone Techniques
- Location Sound Recording
- Recording Live Sound
Key Stage 5
There are 3 different aspects of Music that are studied at AS & A Level Music:
We will analyse a wide range of music spanning the last 500 years and using many different ensemble types, ranging from solo piano music, full symphony orchestra, rock ensemble, and even steel pan ensemble. Students will develop their analytical skills and music theory, and get inside the heads of the composers to work out why their music sounds the way it does!
This course also provides opportunities for students to develop their performing skills on their chosen instrument, (approximately Grade 5 standard for AS Level and Grade 6 standard for A2), by putting together and performing a selection of pieces.
This part of the course encourages students to develop their composition skills by creating a three-minute piece to a chosen brief (one for AS Level and one for A2). It also develops students’ knowledge and understanding of harmony and choral writing by completing a Bach Chorale exercise.
For more information on our A-Level Music provision please visit the course information area of our Sixth Form website.
Concert Band at Disneyland, Paris
We are very proud that there are a number of co-curricular ensembles that pupils and students are able to get involved with at Bay House School, and that we cater for a wide range of musical styles and genres. We have a concert once a term to showcase these ensembles and some solo performances. Additional events take place across the year including the biennial school musical, visiting professional workshops, concert trips and community performances.
We are always looking to grow the ensembles in the Music Department and so if you are interested in joining an ensemble please do come along to a rehearsal!
|Ensemble||Day & time of rehearsal|
|Clarinet Ensemble||Tuesday 0800 – all welcome|
|Saxophone Ensemble||Tuesday lunchtime – all welcome|
|Bay House Vocal Group||Tuesday lunchtime – all welcome|
|Concert Band||Tuesday after school – invitation only|
|Bay House Community Choir||Tuesday 1800-1930 – all welcome|
|Brass Ensemble||Wednesday lunchtime – invitation only|
|Flute Ensemble||Wednesday lunchtime – all welcome|
|School of Rock||Wednesday after school – all welcome|
|Jazz Band||Thursday lunchtime – invitation only|
|Training Band||Thursday lunchtime – all welcome|
|Samba Band||Thursday after school – all welcome|
|String Orchestra||Friday lunchtime – all welcome|
|Guitar Ensemble||Friday after school – all welcome|
Flute Ensemble at the Christmas Concert
Visit our Co-Curricular Production Gallery (coming soon)
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We are also fortunate to have a team of visiting vocal and instrumental teachers who deliver additional lessons in:
- Classical Guitar
- Guitar (Acoustic & Electric)
- Bass Guitar
These lessons are subsidised by the school and so are available at a reasonable price of £80 per instrument per term. If you are interested in signing up for any of these lessons, then please speak to your classroom music teacher.