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Music at Crossley Heath

Music is a central element of school life whether it is supporting our formal events, providing valuable enrichment activity for students at lunch and after school or acting as a social network for pupils – the music department is always a busy place.

Why Music?

Music combines exciting practical activity with the rigour of a complex academic subject. It is:

Good for school work – a wide number of studies have found that those studying music enjoy higher academic achievement than their peers. In particular, music develops mathematical, spacial and linguistic skills and develops our ability for ‘deep’ thinking.

Social – music is a great way to meet friends and many pupils meet lifelong friends through our school ensembles. Much music is based on speech patterns and aids language development. Music offers opportunities to develop the interpersonal skills and teamwork employers and universities value in later life.


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Good for health – music is good for relieving stress, balancing mood and improving cognitive ability. Playing an instrument develops fine motor skills and can help students with speech and breathing problems.

Good for character – music develops self-motivation, patience, discipline and demonstrates the ability to persevere with something for a prolonged period of time and improve oneself. Musicians who have contributed heavily to school life demonstrate commitment and good time management skills and are therefore highly valued.

It’s fun! – the most important point. Music should be an enjoyable activity that pupils can benefit from for the rest of their life (when was the last time you heard someone say ‘I wish I’d learned to play…’).

In addition, music is ‘highly regarded’ by Russell Group universities (like Oxford/Bristol/Leeds) due to the wide range of skills it develops and the consistent commitment shown by those participating in music at a high level.

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The Curriculum

All students study music in year 7 and 8 after which it becomes a GCSE and A-level option. We have a strong system of peripatetic instrumental teachers who can provide in school tuition for most instruments and we run a wide range of ensembles pupils can join to develop their playing.

Resources

Classes study a range of musical styles from classical to pop to world music as well as learning to play the keyboard and guitar. The department has full class sets of guitars and tuned percussion, a keyboard lab, a range of classroom percussion and a full music technology suite equipped with Sibelius, Guitar Pro and Cubase software. We have a number of practice rooms with electric guitars, pianos and drumkits and, where possible, these are made available at break/lunch and after/before school for pupils to use

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