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Stradbroke High School Christmas Concert 2018

A capacity audience packed the main hall of Stradbroke High School on the 4th of December for our annual Christmas concert. A beautiful blend of both music and poetry helped to set just the right tone for the beginning of the festive season. This year, a variety of soloists were joined by smaller groups, as well as the brass ensemble, orchestra, choir and amplifier groups.

Expressive solos from Annalise Rolfe and Spencer Kent, as well as a sensitive brass duet from  Jessica…

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Posted on December 8, 2018 at 15:00

County Music Success for Jessica and Josie

Many congratulations to both Jessica McInnes (Year 9) and Josie Palmer (Year 8) who have been awarded places in two of the prestigious county music ensembles. Josie auditioned and gained a place in the Suffolk Youth Orchestra to play French Horn, and Jessica auditioned on Cornet and was awarded a place in the Suffolk Wind Ensemble. This is a brilliant achievement, and we are proud of you both. 

Posted on November 14, 2018 at 19:50

Saxophone Success for Musical Morgan.

Many congratulations to Morgan Roper in Year 11, for achieving a fantastic distinction in his recent Grade 4 Saxophone examination.

It proves that hard work, enthusiasm and tenacity pays off. Well done.

Posted on November 8, 2018 at 19:46

Musical Success for Talented Josie

Many congratulations to Josie Palmer in Year 8, for being awarded a coveted place in the Suffolk Youth Orchestra. Josie passed her Grade 5 Tenor Horn exam with distinction this year, and looks forward to playing French Horn in our county orchestra. This is a superb achievement and is totally deserved. Well done.

Mr J. Williams

Head of Music.

Posted on November 8, 2018 at 19:30

Welcome to the Music Department

The music department at Stradbroke is a vibrant and lively place, housed in a new suite of rooms. Students develop their skills and knowledge through performing, composing and listening. Our students make outstanding progress and enjoy music making through active participation and cooperation.

All students in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 have a one hundred minute music lesson over a two week period. They can then go on and opt to take the subject at Key Stage 4. Here, G.C.S.E students follow the OCR music specification. Results in G.C.S.E music are consistently excellent.

Students keen to learn a musical instrument at Stradbroke are encouraged to do so, and as Head of Music I am fortunate to work with a talented team of peripatetic music tutors. We offer tuition on woodwind, strings and brass, as well as guitar, voice, piano and drums. In addition, the ‘Amplifier Project’ offers students the chance to develop their composition skills. Over 25% of pupils at Stradbroke learn a musical instrument in school. This is well above the national average.

The department offers a wealth of extra curricular clubs and enrichment activities, which currently include a choir, brass ensemble, samba group, woodwind ensemble as well as an orchestra. In addition to a termly concert and informal performance evenings in school, we hold an annual Christmas Carol Service out in the community, visiting a different church in our catchment area each year. Students can also showcase their skills in music, drama and dance during the bi-annual full school production. Previous shows have included: 'The Sound of Music', 'Joseph', 'Shake, Ripple and Roll', 'Bugsy Malone', 'Oliver' and 'Annie' to name but a few.

Music Department Staff 

Head of Music       Mr J. Williams  BA (Hons), MEd (Cantab), LGSM, LTCL.  

Brass                      Mrs R. Ryan  GGSM, PGCE.

Drums                    Mr P. Davies

Guitar                     Mr J. Buck  LLCM (TD).

Piano/Voice            Miss C. Haward  BMus (Hons), MA.

Strings                    Mr C. Slatter  BA (Hons).

Woodwind             Mrs C. Evans  BA (Hons).

Amplifier Group    Mr M. Shepherd

             

Curriculum

At Key Stage 3, half termly modules of study allow all pupils to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to achieve their very best in performance, composition and listening/appraising. Modules include:

Year 7

Pulse and rhythm

Note lengths and keeping time (Marches and Waltzes)

Pitch and melody writing

The elements of music

Calypso

Year 8 

Combining and developing melodies

Ternary form

Chords and harmony

World music: China, Indonesia and Africa.

Year 9

Blues and Rock 'n' Roll

Variation form

Music and advertising

Modal music

Film and programmatic music.

At Key Stage 4, pupils study for the OCR G.C.S.E music qualification. The relevant skills, knowledge and understanding is taught through five areas of study. These include:

AoS1- My Music

AoS2- The Concerto Through Time

AoS3- Rhythms of the World

AoS4- Film Music

AoS5- Conventions of Pop

Practical coursework consists of an 'Integrated Portfolio', where students have to complete a solo performance and create a composition in a style of their choice, and a 'Practical Component', where they have to complete an ensemble performance and create a composition based on a brief set by OCR. Listening and appraising skills are assessed by a formal written exam at the end of the two years. 

G.C.S.E Music Results (9-4%)

2018   88%

G.C.S.E Music Results (A*-C %)

2017    88%

2016    100%

2015    88%

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Stradbroke High School Christmas Concert 2018

A capacity audience packed the main hall of Stradbroke High School on the 4th of December for our annual Christmas concert. A beautiful blend of both music and poetry helped to set just the right tone for the beginning of the festive season. This year, a variety of soloists were joined by smaller groups, as well as the brass ensemble, orchestra, choir and amplifier groups.Expressive solos from Annalise Rolfe and Spencer Kent, as well as a sensitive brass duet from  Jessica McInnes and Josie…See More
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Nov 24
Music Department posted a blog post

County Music Success for Jessica and Josie

Many congratulations to both Jessica McInnes (Year 9) and Josie Palmer (Year 8) who have been awarded places in two of the prestigious county music ensembles. Josie auditioned and gained a place in the Suffolk Youth Orchestra to play French Horn, and Jessica auditioned on Cornet and was awarded a place in the Suffolk Wind Ensemble. This is a brilliant achievement, and we are proud of you both. See More
Nov 14
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Saxophone Success for Musical Morgan.

Many congratulations to Morgan Roper in Year 11, for achieving a fantastic distinction in his recent Grade 4 Saxophone examination.It proves that hard work, enthusiasm and tenacity pays off. Well done.See More
Nov 8
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Music Success for Brass Pupils

Well done to the following fabulous Stradbroke musicians, who achieved excellence in their recent music exams:Louise Jones (Year7) Grade 1 merit on Tenor Horn.Spencer Kent (Year 11) Grade 4 merit on Baritone Horn.Jessica McInnes (Year 9) Grade 5 distinction on Cornet.Hannah Pretty (Year 7) Grade 1 merit on Tenor Horn.Mr J. WilliamsHead of Music.See More
Oct 1
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Aug 12
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Musical Joy for Elsie

Many congratulations to Elsie Franklin in Year 7, who has passed her Grade 2 pianoforte examination with distinction. As well as being a talented pianist and flautist, Elsie is also a committed member of both the choir and orchestra. Well done.See More
Jul 11
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ISM Bronze Certificate in Music for Stradbroke High School

Stradbroke High School has been awarded an ISM Bronze Certificate by the Incorporated Society of Musicians for recognition of the excellent work that it does for music in the school. This result is based on the fact that more than 10% of the GCSE Key Stage 4 cohort in 2017 took and achieved an A* - C in music. This puts Stradbroke in the top 526 schools across England.See More
May 12
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Brilliant Brass Results for Stradbroke Musicians

Many congratulations to the following pupils who have been successful in their recent music examinations:Emily Goddard achieved Grade 3 cornet with merit.Eva Chapman achieved Grade 3 cornet with a pass.Emily Havers achieved Grade 3 trombone with merit.Lily Hunter achieved Grade 3 cornet with merit.Josie Palmer achieved Grade 5 tenor horn with distinction.Many thanks to Mrs Ryan for all her guidance and careful nurturing of these pupils.Mr J WilliamsHead of Music.See More
Apr 30
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Music Success for Heidi

Many congratulations to Heidi Bevan in Year 10, who has passed her Associated Board Grade 4 pianoforte examination with distinction. This is a brilliant result, and proves that all that hard work pays off in the end. Practice makes perfect! See More
Mar 22
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Stradbroke Musicians Inspired by Benjamin Britten

The music department would like to express sincere thanks to the Britten-Pears Foundation for allowing Year 10 musicians to visit 'The Red House' in Aldeburgh on the morning of the 21st February. We truly relished the chance to explore the home of Benjamin Britten; Suffolk's greatest musical son, and one of the greatest British composers of all time. What a truly wonderful experience it was; indeed the whole place is so atmospheric that we felt that Britten himself could have arrived at any…See More
Feb 21
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Jan 31
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Music Success for Talented Stradbroke Students

Many congratulations to the following students who achieved success in their recent music examinations:Annalise Rolfe passed her grade 3 pianoforte exam with merit.Felix Atkinson passed his grade 1 pianoforte exam with merit.Heidi Bevan passed her grade 3 pianoforte exam with merit.Elsie Franklin passed her grade 3 flute exam with merit.Ena Ayers passed her grade 1 flute exam.Lee Chilvers passed his grade 5 cornet exam with distinction.Josie Palmer passed her grade 1 violoncello exam with…See More
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