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Musical Excellence for Spencer

Many congratulations to Spencer Pretty-Kent in Year 10, who has just passed his Grade 4 pianoforte examination with distinction. This is an excellent achievement as Spencer embarks on his G.C.S.E Music studies with confidence. Thanks go to Miss Hawood, who guided him through the demands of the syllabus for this exam.

Posted on September 12, 2017 at 18:00

Brass Examination Success

During the Summer music examination season, the following pupils were successful in their brass grades:

Emily Goddard (Year 8) passed Grade 2 cornet with merit. Emily Havers (Year 9) passed Grade 2 trombone with merit, and Lily Hunter (Year 9) passed Grade 2 cornet with merit. Many congratulations to all three girls for their hard work and achievement, and many thanks to Mrs Ryan for teaching and guiding them so successfully.

Posted on September 11, 2017 at 20:00

Musical Joy for Josie and Jessica

Many congratulations to Josie Palmer in Year 7 and Jessica McInnes in Year 8 on their recent music exam success. Josie passed her Grade 4 Tenor Horn exam with distinction, and Jessica passed her Grade 4 Cornet exam with distinction. This is a fantastic achievement for both girls, and demonstrates their excellence in the subject. Well done!

Posted on September 8, 2017 at 19:00

Outstanding Music Results for Class of 2017

Well done to all of the Year 11 musicians of 2017 on your fantastic achievements in the subject at G.C.S.E. You have been an absolute joy to teach over the course of five years and I wish you all the very best for the future!

The music department achieved an A*-C pass rate of 88%, with an A*-A pass rate of 25%.

Mr Williams

Head of Music.

Posted on August 24, 2017 at 11:00

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, junior and senior brass ensembles, samba group, jazz 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 (A*-C %)

2017    88%

2016    100%

2015    88%

2014    85%

2013    91%

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Musical Joy for Josie and Jessica

Many congratulations to Josie Palmer in Year 7 and Jessica McInnes in Year 8 on their recent music exam success. Josie passed her Grade 4 Tenor Horn exam with distinction, and Jessica passed her Grade 4 Cornet exam with distinction. This is a fantastic achievement for both girls, and demonstrates their excellence in the subject. Well done!See More
Sep 8
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Outstanding Music Results for Class of 2017

Well done to all of the Year 11 musicians of 2017 on your fantastic achievements in the subject at G.C.S.E. You have been an absolute joy to teach over the course of five years and I wish you all the very best for the future!The music department achieved an A*-C pass rate of 88%, with an A*-A pass rate of 25%.Mr WilliamsHead of Music.See More
Aug 27
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Stradbroke Pyramid Music Morning 2017

On Tuesday 4th July, the music department at Stradbroke High School welcomed over sixty excited and enthusiastic Year 5 pupils from our feeder primary schools to our annual music morning. The vast majority brought the musical instruments that they are learning at primary school in order to take a full and active part in the day.A varied range of workshops allowed all pupils to experience and enjoy an eclectic mix of music. These sessions consisted of brass/woodwind/percussion performance…See More
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Excellence for Evie.

Many congratulations to Evie Franklin in Year 7, who has just passed her Grade 1 pianoforte examination with distinction. Evie gained a fantastic 142 marks out of a possible 150!See More
Jun 28
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Stradbroke High School Summer Concert at Main Hall

June 29, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Stradbroke musicians showcase their talents at the annual summer concert. See More
Jun 21
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Pulling Out the Stops for a Creative Community Project.

A group of Year 8 and Year 11 students have been involved in a creative project involving both the music and art departments, that will eventually see a historic pipe organ restored. The 'Father' Willis organ at St. Peter and St. Paul's church in Fressingfield is being brought back to its former glory through both grants and fundraising activities. As part of the project, the group of pupils attended a workshop at All Saints Church in Stradbroke, where Mr Julian Haggett (Organist of St. Peter…See More
Apr 12
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More Music Success for Talented Stradbroke Musicians.

Many congratulations to a number of gifted young Stradbroke musicians, who have achieved success in the Spring Term music examination period. Jessica McInnes in Year 7 has passed her Grade 3 cornet exam with merit, and Emily Goddard also in Year 7 has passed her grade 1 cornet with merit. Charlotte Watson in Year 8 passed her Grade 2 violoncello exam with merit, and Spencer Pretty-Kent passed his grade 3 baritone exam with merit. In addition, Heidi Bevan in Year 9 gained a distinction in her…See More
Mar 22
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Exam Success for Marty.

Many congratulations to Marty Gionis in Year 11, who has successfully achieved a merit in his recent Grade 7 trombone exam. Our talented Head Boy also plays the piano, organ and cello, and has recently won a scholarship to continue his studies at Framlingham College next year. Well done.See More
Mar 15
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Music Scholarship Success for Stradbroke Student Joseph Most

Many congratulations to Joseph Most in Year 11, who has been awarded a music scholarship to study at Framlingham College next year. Joseph, who plays trumpet and piano, impressed college staff with his talent for music. He is currently taking one of the leading roles in Stradbroke's full school production of 'The Sound of Music', which has been playing to a packed house across several nights this month. We are thrilled with Joseph's achievement and wish him well for when he starts his 'A' level…See More
Feb 25
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Fantastic first night for 'The Sound of Music'

Many congratulations to the cast, musicians, sound, tech and stage crew on an awesome first night of 'The Sound of Music'. You all shone as true professionals; it was brilliant. If this was the first night, then Friday will be amazing! Well done.Mr WilliamsSee More
Feb 23
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First Class Honours for Jack James

Many congratulations to former Stradbroke High School musician Jack Benjamin James, who was recently awarded a first class honours degree in music production from York St. John University. Jack, who is an outstanding musician, gained an A* in his GCSE music at Stradbroke.  As well as being an active singer/songwriter, releasing original music in a folk/rock style, Jack is also a producer, specialising in songwriting, compositional development and recording. Jack has worked with an array of…See More
Feb 18
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Jack Gionis off to study at the Royal College of Music

The Music Department sends many congratulations to former Deputy Head Boy Jack Gionis who has been awarded a scholarship to study Composition at The Royal College of Music in London. We are thrilled to see a talented Stradbroke musician recognised by one of the foremost conservatoires in the world.  Jack made an outstanding contribution to music and extra-curricular activities at Stradbroke High School which supported his successful application for a Pembroke Scholarship at Framlingham College.…See More
Feb 10

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