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Therfield enjoys a thriving and active Music department. We have a large number of instrumental lessons taking place each week, as a result of our highly successful Year 7 Band Scheme and teaching input from Surrey Arts. Students and staff are regularly involved in concerts, recitals, festivals, and other performances and events in school and in the wider community.
Year 7 Band Scheme
Through the Year 7 Band scheme around 30 Year 7 students, who are usually complete beginners, are supplied with a wind or brass instrument, a tutor book and a year of instrumental lessons in small groups. Since the band was first run in 2001, the programme has met with great success. It was made possible by with the help of the Therfield Trust Fund, who purchased all the resources required in order to start the band, including a variety of brand new instruments for students to use. A weekly band practice takes place at 7.45am on a Wednesday morning, and the band performs together twice a year. Students must apply for a place in the band; information and forms are given to students during one of their first music lessons in September.
Instruments available for loan are:
Woodwind: Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone
Brass: Trumpet, Trombone
Key Stage 3:
Students learn to develop their listening skills, sense of timing and coordination through rhythm based topics such as Samba and African Drumming. Performance and compositional practices are explored on keyboards with such studies including Medieval Music, Program Music and The Blues.
During this year students explore such topics as of Jazz, Theme and Variations, Reggae and Ground Bass. As well as developing keyboard skills students also access our class set of guitars and ukuleles and learn to accompany performances playing chords and riffs.
Students enhance their composing through technology starting with Dance Ejay and then Cubase software to compose music for a short film. In the summer term students begin a performance project where they learn to play different roles in popular music songs with the emphasis on group collaboration.
Key stage 4
Students opting for Music at GCSE will follow the AQA exam syllabus. The course has three main activities: Performing, Composing and Listening. The syllabus includes a wide range of popular and classical styles and allows you to develop your strengths and interests. Students have access to music software to compose with including Cubase 5 and Sibelius 7 as well as a wide variety of instruments from both the popular and classical traditions. Students are expected to be a part of our extra-curricular programme and build on their performing skills through our termly concerts.
Key stage 5
At year 12 and 13 students follow the AQA exam syllabus continuing to develop the core skills of listening, composing and performing. Students benefit from a composition workshop with the Yehudi Menuhin School in which they are given useful advice on how to compose for a string ensemble. Yehudi Menuhin students then perform and produce a high quality recording of their composition prior to submission.