The first of a series of articles on school departments
So, what did you do in Music today? ‘Oh, we played the keyboards a bit and sang some songs…..’
That might be what your offspring inform you of, but do you REALLY know what sorts of things they learn in Music?
Music at The West Bridgford School is one of those subjects that EVERYONE can enjoy and EVERYONE can get something out of, even if they’re not Grade 6 on piano or play in a County Youth Orchestra. The Music staff are well accustomed to teaching students of a huge ability range in Key Stage 3 lessons. The aims of the department include practical prowess, listening skills, composition aptitude and good-old-fashioned-sing-alongs-with -the -2-Mr-Ds!
GCSE Music results, are consistently high, and are no doubt related to the range of extra-curricular activities that occur each week. String Ensemble, Jazz Group, Orchestra and various small combos including Brass Ensemble, Barbershop Group, Flute Choir and Clarinet/Saxophone Group together with Pop and Rock Ensembles preparing for the forthcoming ‘Bridgstock’ evenings make for an eclectic range of musical tastes.
During the past few years, the Music Department has twice taken large groups of students (40+) to the Black Forest area of Germany to perform in 3 al fresco concerts each time in beautiful settings. You can see some photographs/videos of our last trip in 2015 here…….. 2017 beckons a new dawn, with possible venues including Malta, France or even maybe Norway (watch this space!)
“So when is the next musical evening?” I hear you ask……
NEXT WEDNESDAY, YES, NEXT WEDNESDAY, 10TH FEBRUARY at 6.30pm in the school theatre is the Upper School Performing Arts’ Showcase. Tickets, priced £3.50 (£2.50 for concessions) are available from the Music Department.