Head of Department - Mr M Harris
Music matters at St Martin’s School. Our thriving and well-resourced department comprises of three full-time teachers, as well as a full-time technician who also plays a key role in whole school audio and visual matters. Furthermore, we have a large team of outstanding peripatetic teachers - as such, we are able to offer individual lessons on the piano, voice, drums, guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin and viola.
At Key Stage 3, Music is a core subject and all pupils (Years 7-9) receive one lesson per week. Through exciting schemes of work such as Songwriting, Samba, Ground Bass, Cover Versions and Reggae, pupils learn how Music is put together and are encouraged to develop their skills by playing a range of different instruments. Pupils are also able to take advantage of our state of the art iMac suite, learning new techniques through topics such as Dance Remix and World Improvisation.
At Key Stage 4, we follow the OCR GCSE course. This stimulating and enjoyable course is one appreciated by all students and is suited to an extremely diverse range of musicians. Through the course’s five Areas of Study, there is something to suit every student’s taste, ranging from The Concerto Through Time to Conventions of Pop. A very high number of students choose to take Music at GCSE Level - they are given a large amount of support, not just from our passionate staff but also from our outstanding facilities.
At Key Stage 5, we teach the increasingly popular Eduqas A Level course. Pupils are able to refine the skills they learnt at GCSE and tailor their studies to suit their musical preferences - for example, they can choose whether to specialise in performance or composition alongside their appraisal studies. Students study one compulsory Area of Study – The Western Classical Tradition, after which there is a wide variety of options ranging from Musical Theatre to Into the 21st Century.
Life in the Music Department is never boring, and we have at least two ensembles that run every lunchtime. These range from Advanced Choir to Ukulele Group, and we have termly concerts of an extremely high standard that showcase our students’ talents (see the ‘Music Clubs & Events’ page on the Extra Curricular section of the website for more details). We also collaborate annually with the Drama department to produce an outstanding musical – recent productions include In the Heights, Made in Dagenham, Miss Saigon and Les Misérables.