The creative and vibrant department has a hands-on approach towards teaching music to every student and all lessons are driven towards being musical at all times within an environment that will engage and motivate students. This year the department has invested in lots of new equipment to aid the students in their practical lessons. We have a class set of Djembe drums, glockenspiels as well as new guitars, amps, two acoustic drum kits, and two electric pianos. Our department is spacious, enabling students to have their own practice space. We have:
- Two practice rooms
- A live Music room
- An iMac computer suite equipped with industry music software
Miss Drury, the Head of Music runs the department along with a number of peripatetic staff who lead instrumental lessons.
In key stage three, all students have the opportunity to study music and attend extra-curricular classes. At year 9, students have the option to explore music further and a more in depth- level which will equip them for studying Music at KS4. In years 10 and 11, students study ‘Rock School, Level 2 Certificate in Performance’. This course is split into three units, Music Style Development, Instrumental Study and Music Rehearsal Skills.
The Music department at Aldersley run a number of extra-curricular activities to broaden students’ music experiences and give them opportunities to perform in the community. Last Christmas the choir went carol singing in and around Wolverhampton and performed at the Diversity Concert at the Civic Hall with hundreds of other students from the city. The current year 11 group also took part in the Zip Rock programme, performing as part of a group at a concert at The Newhampton Arts Centre. In the Summer, Aldersley and Moreton Music departments joined together in creating an Amethyst CD again, loaded with tracks from talented students across the two schools. We also showcased our first joint musical, Sister Act which was amazing! We are so excited to announce the new Amethyst Musical….watch this space!
This year the department have changed the way they run instrumental tuition and would like to welcome Mr Pinfield and Miss Phillips to the team. Mr Pinfield will be running Band Rehearsals on a Friday lunchtime. All are welcome and we look forward to hearing them perform very soon!
An enjoyable atmosphere and a close community of students make the department welcoming to all students at lunch and after school for practise time or coursework catch up.
Head of Music
Miss H. Drury
Visiting Teaching Staff
Mr M. Pinfield – Drums and guitar (Friday)
Miss L. Phillips – Piano, vocals and strings. (Tuesday)
Mr L. Kelly – Woodwind (Tuesday morning)
Mr P Reid – Brass (Friday morning).