Department Leader: Mrs. Diane John
The Music Department makes a significant contribution to the ethos of the school. Standards of attainment and expectations of both pupils and staff are high. External examination results are consistently good and a significant number of pupils across all Key Stages participate enthusiastically in the department’s range of extracurricular activities. We have a state of the art theatre where pupils have access to performing and technical performance experiences. Pupils are offered a variety of different peripatetic music lessons including singing, guitar, keyboard and strings. These additional learning tools are open to all pupils and are free.
Key Stage 3
Our Key Stage 3 curriculum allows pupils to explore and experiment with various music styles. These include diverse genres such as Blues and Jazz, Music in Wales as well as music for Stage and Screen. We begin to develop the essential skills of Composing, Performing and Listening/Appraising. Pupils are encouraged to use any instrument they may be learning to express their creativity, however, keyboard instruction is given to every pupil. The department offers 16 Apple Mac computers with GarageBand software giving pupils a huge range of technology to create compositions of a high standard whilst improving their ICT skills.
Key Stage 4
The Department offers a BTEC qualification in Performing Arts which is a practical based subject providing pupils with the opportunity to develop skills that will offer you multiple opportunities to experience a variety of career options in the Performing Arts industry. The disciplines offered include acting, singing, instrumental, lighting, sound and make up. These give pupils a choice of on stage performances or behind the scenes experiences. Pupils will participate in workshop with professionals within the industry to gain a better knowledge about the possible career opportunities for them after they progress onto further education or employment.
The department offers pupils free peripatetic lessons which include guitar, keyboard/piano, singing, violin, flute and drums. Pupils are expected to take part in concerts such as our annual Christmas concert in St. David’s church in Morriston. They receive one 30 minute lesson a week in a small group, allowing individual instruction. There are many opportunities for pupils to perform and develop their performance skills and confidence including choir, orchestra, annual school production which in recent years have been Hairspray, Oliver and Grease which have showcased the talent of our pupils. We also have performed in many other community based projects.
Meet the team
The department has one full time teacher who is Department leader. The DL is supported with a variety of other staff who specialise in different areas of the music and performing arts industry. Many of the peripatetic staff are professionals offering pupils real life career and work advice. These are the staff within the department:
Mrs. Diane John – Department Leader and teacher of Music and Performing Arts
Mr. Ashley Cook – Sound and Lighting
Mrs. Penny Dorward – Singing, keyboard, flute, violin, acting and make up
Mrs. Hayley Brooks – Drama
Mr. Jeff Rees – Guitar and Drums