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Rivington & Blackrod High School



Contact: Head of Music - Mrs L Mulholland               


Subject Overview:

In Music we believe that every pupil should have an opportunity to experience a variety of music, which will enable them to develop understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of music. This vision is delivered through the curriculum and through extra-curricular opportunities. The Music Department undertakes to provide all students, regardless of race, gender, ethnic origin or academic ability, with an opportunity to experience a variety of music, from many styles and cultures, which will enable them to develop an understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of music. This should include an understanding of music as a major cultural feature and will also incorporate reinforcement of the key skills, performance, composition and listening and appraising as well as teamwork and cooperation through music making.

The Music department at Rivington and Blackrod is thriving. During lessons, at lunchtime and after school, music can be heard down the music corridor. Every pupil has the opportunity to explore their creative side, whether this is in lessons, performing in an ensemble, creating music in a band, or rehearsing for concerts in and outside of school. School concerts take place twice a year, there is a Christmas Carol Service at the local churches, pupils perform for the elderly, and the band plays at the Horwich Christmas lights switch on as well as performing at key assemblies for the whole school.

The are many activities happening in the department including the School Band, Vocal Band, Senior Choir, Year 7 Choir, Brass Band as well as Staff Choir. We have a growing number of pupils who are creating their own bands and use the music practice rooms to rehearse. We believe that is important for pupils to experience live music performances, throughout the school year we offer trips to the theatre to watch different styles of concerts and musical theatre. The music department has an active role in the local community working with Horwich Council, Horwich Rotary Club, Greater Manchester Music Hub and the Old Rivingtonians.

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Key Stage 3 Overview:

We follow the National Curriculum for Music at Key Stage 3. 

The curriculum aims to ensure pupils perform and listen to a wide range of historical periods in music. Pupils at Key Stage 3 will learn to play the keyboard, ukulele, guitar, chair drumming and singing. They will learn the elements of music and different types of musical notation.

Key Stage 4 Overview:

We study the Eduqas Music GCSE examination at Key Stage 4. 

The course allows individuals to develop as musicians by exploring and analysing music from the 1600’s to current day. Pupils will have the opportunity to develop their performing and compositional skills.

Key Stage 5 Overview:

We study the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Music Performance at Key Stage 5 which is an equivalent of an A level. 

The course intends to develop musicians to a deeper level of understanding of music performance and the industry through four units.