Music Department

Staff in Department
Teaching Staff:

Miss D Broadhurst  (Head of Department)

Ms L Coulter

Mrs H Jennings

Peripatetic Tutors:

Ms L Coulter (Piano, Guitar and Drum Kit)

Mrs K Marston (Voice and Strings)

Miss C McDaniel (Woodwind)

Mr W Thompson (Brass)

Aims of Department
The aim of the Music Department is to ensure that all students are given the opportunity to enjoy Music and perform on a regular basis in a positive and rewarding environment.  It is a vibrant department in which students are always encouraged to realise their full potential.

The Department is actively involved in school events such as Prize Day and our annual Christmas Concert.  Workshops such as those led by the African Drumming Group “Releasing Rhythms” and visiting performances such as our recent concert by the Band of the Irish Guards help to inspire and further develop our students’ general musicianship.  Talent is nurtured and developed by programmes such as our after school Piano Programme which identifies promising year 8 pupils and provides them with the opportunity to learn how to play this amazing instrument.  Our Brass Academy, which is run in conjunction within Downshire Brass Band, allows pupils to learn to perform on a Brass instrument.

The Music Department has a team of highly qualified, dedicated and enthusiastic instrumental tutors who offer private tuition on a wide range of instruments including Piano, Voice, Guitar, Drum Kit, Woodwind, Brass and Strings.  Pupils can further develop skills on their chosen instrument by performing with one of our school ensembles.

Key Stage 3
Music is a creative subject and at Key Stage 3 all students are given the opportunity to listen to, perform and compose a wide variety of different styles of Music.  Students learn to perform on percussion, guitar, ukulele and keyboard, as well as participating in class singing.

Music Technology also plays an important role in the department.   Students in years 8 – 10 are taught to create music using software programmes such as Sibelius and GarageBand.

The following topics are currently taught at Key Stage 3:

Year 8

The Elements of Music


The Orchestra

Melody Writing

Year 9



Medieval Music

African Music

Year 10

Blues Music

Form and Structure

Pop Music

Film Music

Key Stage 4 Pathway
The Music Department at Breda Academy offers two different Music courses at Key Stage 4, providing students with a variety of options for further study and employment.

The GCSE Music course follows the CCEA syllabus and comprises of three main areas:

1. Composing (30%)

Pupils compose 2 pieces of music using the computer software programme Sibelius 6.

2. Performing (35%)

Pupils perform one solo piece and one ensemble piece, on their chosen instrument, for an exam at the end of year 12.

3.  Listening (35%)

Pupils complete one written exam (2 papers) at the end of Year 12.

The Level 2 Occupational Studies course in Technology and Innovation provides students with the opportunity to study two units.  Unit 1 – Digital Music is a course in which students will learn how to create their own digital music tracks using a variety of software programmes.  Unit 2 – Sound Production, is a course which focusses on production techniques in a live or studio setting and which provides students with the exciting opportunity to learn how to perform as a DJ.  This course is ideally suited to students who would like to consider further study or career opportunities within the music industry.

Extra -curricular activities/Clubs
The Music Department has a very active extra-curricular programme which is open to all students in school.  The activities currently on offer include:

·         Choir

·         Chamber Choir

·         Guitar Ensemble

·         African Drumming Group

·         Drum Kit Club

·         Woodwind and Brass Ensemble

·         Junior School Piano Programme

·         Junior School Guitar Programme