Broadoak Music Department aims at creating motivated students that can both appreciate and enjoy music with an aspiration to continue the practice and study of music at their full potential. Through inspiring lessons, a musically rich environment and a varied programme of study, students will develop the three key skills in music: Listening and Appraising, Performing and Composing. With a greater knowledge and awareness of musical elements, students will be able to further appreciate music in various cultural, tradiational and social settings.
Department resources and oppurtunities
- The deparment consists of two fully equiped teaching rooms and two practice rooms.
- Each teaching room has a full set of keyboards with the second teaching room also housing an ICT suite running Cubase Elements 7
- The departnment has a range of instruments which include tuned and untuned percussion instruments, a full set of Djembes and Guitars, Bass Guitars and Drum Pads.
- The department has a wide range of woodwind, brass and stringed instruments available for use by students who take additional instumental lessons.
The music department celebrates the talent and dedication of students in all years through performances throughout the year in varying settings, the highlights being the Carol Concert, Battle of the Bands and the Perfoming Arts Showcase.
Glee Club is open to students in all years but is aimed specifically at years 7 and 8.
Show Choir is designed for students in years 9 to 11 and staff.
Rhapsody Orchestra is designed for students in all years that are learning an orchestral instrument including staff.
The School Musical
Every other year the music deparmtent works In collaboration with the Drama and Dance Department to produce a school musical production. It is open to students in all year groups. In 2014 students performed ‘We Will Rock You’ the musical and in 2015 ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ the musical.
Taunton Music Services
Taunton Music Services is made up of a group of professional musicians who believe in making music fun! They currently offer lessons in Piano, Keyboard, Drums, all styles of Guitar, Bass Guitar, Pop Vocal, Musical Theatre, Ukele amd Musical Theory.
Every year we hold a Showcase Evening with TMS which gives students the oppurtunity to perform to an audience. It is always a popular event and performance are always of a very high standard.
North Somerset Music Service
North Somerset Music Service currently offer lessons in Woodwind (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Saxophone), Strings (Violin, Cello, Double Bass) and Brass (Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn).
Both teams are dedicated to offering lessons of a high quality & all students are encouraged to work to the best of their ability.
Music is taught in mixed ability performance groups for one hour a week. Students have the oppurtunity to explore music through listening to, performing and composing a wide range of varying musical styles, genres and cultures.
Performing and composing work in class involves solo and group singing, lpaying tuned and un tuned percussion, guitars, bass, drums and keyboards and also using students own instruments when appropriate. We dedicate at least one term in each year to developing students’ ability to use ICT software for their composition work where they are able to experiment with ideas and sounds and also replay and edit their compositions enabling them to achieve their ‘Personal Best’.
Homework is set weekly to support and extend classroom based learning. Homework tasks will include gathering research, listening to and reporting on specified pieces of music and revision of key concepts learnt during lesson times. Homework tasks are often available through the VLE or Frogplay and support is provided through the lunchtime Performing Arts Homework Club.
In Years 10 and 11 students follow the AQA GCSE music syllabus where they develop the three key skills of listening and appraising, composing and performing through the detailed study of the key musical features of popular Music, Western Classical Traditions and Tradional Music (which includes World Music). Students are encouraged to regularly perform on their main instrument/voice to complete the performance element of the course and are further trained in the use of ICT to carry out composition coursework to a high standard.
The course is broken in to four components:
40% Listening and Understanding
- Solo or ICT based performance
- Ensemble performance
Meet the Team
Mrs N Aves
Head of Performing Arts / Teacher of Music