Music

Staff

  • Lorna Sullivan - Teacher - Music
  • Mark Guntrip - Teacher - Music

Instrumental teachers

  • Mrs Alice Hurley - Violin
  • Mr Patrick Garrigan - Guitar
  • Mr John Powney - Drum kit and percussion
  • Mrs Emma Kerr – Piano and woodwind
  • Mrs Deborah Milledge – Voice
  • Mrs Sara Heath - Flute

About the Course

Key stage 3

In years 7-9 all students have a one hour music lesson each week. This lesson includes a large amount of practical work; for example, singing, keyboard lessons, using percussion and other instruments.

The course content includes:

  • Year 7 - An introductory unit "On the way", the music of Java and Bali, Major & Minor, Chords and Ragtime.
  • Year 8 - Rock and Roll, Chords in Songs, Rondo, Folk Music and the music of Japan.
  • Year 9 - Ground Bass, Samba, Music and the Media, The Blues and Theme and Variations.

Key stage 4

At key stage 4, students can choose to study music to GCSE level.

The course content includes:

  • Music for special occasions
  • Music for Film
  • Music for Dance
  • Popular Song from 1960 onwards
  • Orchestral Landmarks

Students are assessed by a listening exam, two practical performances and two compositions.

GCSE music students receive subsidised instrumental lessons.

Instrumental Lessons

Instrumental lessons are available on the following instruments:

  • Woodwind (flute, clarinet, saxophone)
  • Brass (all instruments)
  • Guitar (electric and acoustic)
  • Bass guitar
  • Drum kit and percussion
  • Voice
  • Keyboard and piano
  • Cello
  • Violin and viola

Lessons cost £13 per half hour individual lesson and further details are available from the Music Department

Extra-Curricular Activities

The school choir and band rehearse weekly and there is an annual school show, a Christmas talent show and a summer concert, as well as the opportunity to perform in the wonderful environment of Cartmel Priory as part of our school services. Our next production will be Oliver.