The music department as St Augustine Academy is exceptional. We moved into our purpose built music area in April 2014. There are two large teaching rooms: one is a dedicated keyboard/ICT suite and the second is a larger teaching room with sufficient space for orchestral rehearsals/choir. Room 2 also has a purpose built recording studio with two large MACs and interactive teaching resources. We have three large practice rooms each with its own piano, mirrors (for singing) and CCTV for monitoring purposes.
The ICT provision in music is excellent. We currently have 16 PCs each of which have Sibelius 7 and MixCraft installed. We also have a large mixing desk/PA, along with interactive teaching resources available.
There is a new Yamaha grand piano in the main hall.
In addition to these resources we have a large collection of percussion plus melodic xylophones and 35 individual glockenspiels. We have an entire class set of classical guitars and ukuleles, 3 drum kits and 2 clavinovas in each teaching room. We have approximately 10 set of djembes and a sitar and harmonium.
The department has successfully achieved phase 1 of its initial development. The schemes of work are written and very detailed including PowerPoints for each lesson for Key Stage 3-4. We are currently developing our KS3 schemes of work to reflect current curriculum changes. We use EDEXCEL for GCSE Music and EDEXCEL BTEC Level 2 in Music Technology. Current teaching allocation consists of five Year 7 classes, four Year 8 classes, Year 9 BTEC Music Technology consisting of 22 students and Year 10 GCSE Music consisting of two classes. Year 11 GCSE Music currently consists of 12 students. There is an excellent breath of teaching within the department.
The department is supported by two peripatetic teachers (who are employed directly by the Academy and not through a local music service). All students studying GCSE Music receive an instrumental lesson each week which is funded by the Academy. We currently have 60 students learning to play musical instruments. Now that the curriculum and instrumental provisions are in place, we are looking to develop our extra-curricular opportunities.
We currently organise a Christmas Concert, Easter Concert and Christmas Pantomime each year. We also take the school to the local church at Christmas time to hold our Carol Service. There is scope to run more productions and concerts throughout the academic year. We hold regular end of term assemblies where students’ performances are showcased.
Mr Morrison - Music - (firstname.lastname@example.org)