“Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.”
The music department is a busy, vibrant area of the school. Music is taught for an hour per week at KS3 and students can opt to study music further at GCSE and A Level. There are two full time teachers of music and twelve peripatetic staff who deliver instrumental and vocal lessons every week. Students focus on developing the three musical proficiencies of performing, composing and appraising. They are encouraged to listen to a wide variety of musical genres and build up critical and analytical expertise, expressing both oral and written opinions using subject specific vocabulary.
Students learn to play a wide variety of instruments, including keyboard, ukulele, guitar and percussion, as well as developing vocal competence. They perform on their own and with others, acquiring valuable team work skills and self-confidence. Students also have the opportunity to gain knowledge of African, Latin-American and South-East Asian music by participating in practical workshops on djembe, samba and Gamelan.
Composing is a key part of the music curriculum and this enables students to understand some of the theoretical aspects of music, discovering how certain musical genres share common compositional features. Students are encouraged to express themselves creatively and they build up a portfolio of pieces over a period of time.
Enrichment is a key feature of our musical offer and students have the opportunity to attend concerts at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall. There are also a huge range of ensembles on offer at Tapton that rehearse on a weekly basis and perform in our concert programme, including Wind Band, Brass Band, Senior Orchestra, String Thing, Flute Choir, Jazz Band, Staff/Student Choir, Girls Choir, Sing Squad and Ukulele Club. Students who study music at GCSE and A Level also have their own enrichment programme, including trips to the Royal Opera House and a performance study weekend in Derbyshire.