The Warneford Music Department is very active both in and out of the classroom. During break and lunchtimes it is a hive of activity as pupils of all ages come down to play their instruments or take advantage of the musical facilities that we offer. Lessons are always very enthusiastic and we expect all pupils to aim high and reach their potential.
There are 2 full-time members of staff and 12 peripatetic teachers. We offer a wide variety of instrumental and vocal lessons and have over 150 pupils learning during the week. We firmly believe that music should be enjoyed by everyone and encourage all pupils to participate in a wide variety of curricular and extra-curricular music. Please contact the Music Department for further information regarding lessons or alternatively click on following the link for the Swindon Music Cooperative website Swindon Music Cooperative.
Throughout the year there are many concerts ranging from the main ones at Christmas and Easter to the lively Party in the Park in the summer. All year groups have their own individual concerts where pupils are encouraged to perform as soloists or as part of smaller ensembles. Warneford musicians regularly take part in concerts in the local community. We also organise workshops and trips to concerts and West End musicals.
Key Stage 3 – years 7 / 8 In year 7 pupils have 3 one hour lessons per fortnight – in years 8 and 9 they have 2 lessons. Pupils learn how to compose, perform and improve their listening skills. Topics that we teach include the blues, music from India and Africa, variations and fanfares. In lessons we use classroom percussion instruments and keyboards mainly but pupils are also encouraged to play their own instruments. Pupils are taught to use music technology to compose – we regularly use Cubase and Sibelius.
Key Stage 3 – year 9 In year 9 pupils follow a course based on the ethos of Musical Futures. This includes learning how to play the basics of guitar, bass and drums enabling students to perform eventually in a band. They really enjoy these lessons as they take more responsibility for their own learning and work in smaller groups. They continue to study composition through music technology such as Mixcraft.
Key stage 4 Pupils can opt to take the GCSE music course ( AQA syllabus ) in years 10 and 11. The course can be broken down into 3 sections : 40% performance (solo and as part of an ensemble), 40% (2 compositions) and 20% listening exam. We study a wide variety of music from around the world, popular music since 1960 and music from the Western classical tradition. Lessons are mainly spent doing composition and ensemble work. We have a large number of students in our GCSE groups – it is a popular option at Warneford.
Extra-curricular music clubs
At Warneford pupils can participate in a number of music clubs, please contact the Music Department for further information.