Music provision at RVHS

The music department has two main teaching rooms. Performance and listening is taught in one, and composition and music ICT are taught in a suite with Apple Macs and Logicpro. A separate room is used for GCSE theory lessons.

Music lesson 1

Key Stage 3

At key stage 3, students receive a 1 hour lesson per week.

Students learn keyboard and singing skills through different areas of musical history and genre and how to use computer sequencing software to aid composition.

Students learn music notation and diatonic chord sequences.

Students learn about African and Indian music, Reggae, Salsa, Blues, dance music, advertising, film music, hooks and riffs, sound design, ostinato and ground bass.

Key Stage 4

At key stage 4, students are offered GCSE music and study the Edexcel syllabus.

Music Lesson 2

They are required to compose two different compositions (30%), play/sing a solo and ensemble piece (30%), and sit a listening exam which is based on four areas of study (40%).

The areas of study are:

  • Instrumental music 1700-1820
  • Vocal music
  • Music for stage and screen
  • Fusions

Students study music for three hours per week.