Studying music at Fullhurst aims to provide all students an appreciation of a wide range of musical genres across years 7-9. We aim to give students a positive experience of Music with a varied and practical approach to the study of the subject. Students are challenged to progress and develop their musical skills through performing, composing, listening, appraising and studying context.
Year 7 Curriculum
Students are taught introductory music theory and contextual information on significant bands and artists from the 1960s to the current day, such as The Beatles, Abba, Michael Jackson, Queen, Beyoncé, Rihanna and George Ezra, as well as practical skills on keyboards and vocals. Students will also learn basic music theory such as rhythm and how to read music on treble and bass clef, as well as performance skills essential for learning an instrument and performing throughout their time at Fullhurst.
Year 8 Curriculum
Students further develop music theory taught in year 7 and begin to learn more advanced music theory such as major/ minor key signatures and scales, using a variety of instruments. Students develop their keyboard, vocal and ukulele skills through performance, composition and appraising pieces of music from The Greatest Showman, The Lion King and Hairspray in order to understand how music is composed. Students will also explore a variety of themes and contextual analysis of musicals via characters, story and lyrics.
Year 9 Curriculum
Students develop their practical skills on keyboards and vocals and begin to learn the ukulele. There are also opportunities to learn skills on drums, guitar and bass guitar. Students have access to a range of instruments on Imperial Campus giving them opportunity to try an instrument they may have never seen before.
Year 10 Curriculum
Students begin the Rock School Live course which contains two pieces of coursework and an externally set 40-hour examination. In Year 10 students complete Musical Knowledge MUSPRA Unit 201ta, in which they will research the inception of two musical genres. Students will also begin Instrumental Study MUSPRA Unit 204ta, in which they choose an instrument to study throughout Years 10/11.
Year 11 Curriculum
Students continue to the second year of the Rock School Live course, completing their Instrumental Study Unit 204ta as well as completing an externally set 40-hour examination which involves planning, rehearsing and performing, either as a solo or in a band. Students will be assessed across three units to form their overall certification of the award which is graded through a Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria.
‘Jammin’ Club’ has been launched across all year groups on Imperial Campus, every Monday after school. This gives students an opportunity to learn and perform songs with other musicians and to try new instruments.’