Prince Henry’s High School has a very active Music Faculty and provides pupils with various high quality musical opportunities catering for all tastes. In 2019/20, there were over 100 pupils who took individual or group instrumental or vocal lessons. The school has 10 peripatetic teachers, delivering around 100 individual/group music lessons every week, plus 2 full time teachers for the whole school’s music curriculum lessons. Every year this number grows. The faculty is managed by Mr P Bullas, who is ably assisted by Miss N Heywood.
Through regular school newsletters and website news, we aim to increase communications between the school and parents with news of achievements, activities and future events. The Concert Band (an amalgamation of wind, brass and percussion players form Prince Henry’s and feeder Middle Schools) have about 50 members and the Big Band have nearly 25 members each and there are around 8 additional ensembles, bands and choirs in the school, illustrating the tremendous vitality of this faculty.
The school has a very busy concert calendar, tour regularly to European destinations and produce a whole school musical in the Evesham Arts Centre. Previous musicals have included My Fair lady, Hairspray, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes, Les Miserables, Oklahoma, Me and My Girl and Our House. New members are always welcome in these ensembles, so if you know of someone not already in a Band or choir, ask them to come along to a rehearsal.
KEY STAGE 3
At Key Stage 3 pupils look at musical topics which aim to help pupils develop the following musical skills:
- UNDERSTANDING of different musical styles.
- PERFORMANCE of many different instruments.
- IMPROVISATION in many genres.
- GROUP COMPOSITIONS
- COMPOSITION SKILLS
- VOCABULARY; Using the correct musical language.
The specific topics covered in each year of KS3 are listed below.
Term 1 – 1st Half: The Elements of music – Bridging Unit – Rhythm.
Term 1 – 2nd Half: Keyboard performance – Chords and Melody –
Term 2 – 1st Half: Instruments of the Orchestra – ‘A hands on’ approach.
Term 2 – 2nd Half: Popular music
Term 3 – 1st Half: Music in the Media
Term 3 – 2nd Half: Student performance – group work preparing for final concert.
KEY STAGE 4
At Key Stage 4 students follow the Edexcel GCSE Music syllabus which breaks down into 3 assessed areas: Listening, Performing and Composing. Areas of Study include:
Unit 1 – Performing – solo and ensemble.
Unit 2 – Composing – 2 compositions – one to a brief and one free composition.
Unit 3 – Appraising – Musical contexts and language
Areas of study followed;
Instrumental music 1700-1821.
Music for stage and screen.
Section A – Areas of study, dictation and unfamiliar pieces.
Section B – Extended response comparison between set work and one unfamiliar piece.
Assessment is ongoing with performances recorded at the end of Year 10 and Easter of Year 11, composition tasks set under ‘controlled’ assessment and a listening examination in June of Year 11.
KEY STAGE 5
A minimum mark of a Grade 6 at GCSE Music and a pass or working at grade 4 music theory.
At Key Stage 5 students follow the Edexcel AS and A2 syllabus. This is divided into 6 units – 3 covered in Year 12 and 3 in Year 13. Performing, composition and developing Appraising skills are all addressed in this music syllabus.
Unit 1 – Performing – a choice of solo, ensemble, improvisation or realization using music technology.
Unit 2 – Composing – Two compositions, one to a set brief and one free composition.
Unit 3 – Appraising – Study of six areas of music continued on from GCSE, each with two set works.
Areas of study;
Music for film
Popular music and jazz