The Music Department comprises two members of staff teaching in the Department’s own suite of rooms and facilities built and opened in September 2002.
The suite has a separate wing dedicated to music with four practice rooms and two purpose-built teaching classrooms, one kitted out with PC-linked keyboards and Sibelius software.
An outline of the course content and structure for each of the Key Stages can be found here.
Key Stage 3
All students at Emmanuel College take Music at Key Stage 3. This course covers a variety of aspects of music. Starting with the fundamentals, the opening topic is 'The Elements of Music'. The course progresses throughout the three years looking at various eras of music including the classical era, Jazz and The Blues and finally Popular Music since the 1960s.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Syllabus: AQA Music
The five areas of study around which this course is based are: Rhythm and Metre, Harmony and Tonality, Texture and Melody, Timbre and Dynamics, Structure and Form.
The course aims to provide opportunities for students to continue to develop and improve specific musical skills as well as other related skills already introduced in Key Stage 3.
Alongside the Performing and Composing elements, students explore the development of music through instrumental, song, dance and media genres.
Key Stage 5
AS/A Level Syllabus: EDEXCEL
This well structured syllabus allows students to develop their strengths by offering specialisation in composition or performance. At the same time there is a high listening content which ensures that essential musical skills are given attention. Links are made within the syllabus between listening, composition and performance topics.