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Stradbroke High School Summer Concert 2018

An appreciative audience of family and friends packed the main hall on Thursday 28th June for our annual summer concert. The evening opened with a polished performance of the iconic James Bond film theme 'Goldfinger' by the school's orchestra. Assured performances came from a number of talented soloists, including Josie Palmer on tenor horn, Jessica McInnes on cornet, Heidi Bevan on piano and vocalist Annalise Rolfe. Gifted Year 11 musician Lee Chilvers demonstrated his maturity not…

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Posted on July 20, 2018 at 20:00

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.

Posted on July 11, 2018 at 12:15

Stradbroke Pyramid Music Morning 2018

On Tuesday 3rd 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…

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Posted on July 6, 2018 at 20:00

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.

Posted on May 12, 2018 at 16:30

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 (A*-C %)

2017    88%

2016    100%

2015    88%

2014    85%

2013    91%

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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
Music Department posted a blog post

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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