In Music lessons at Hollinwood Academy we teach pupils to appreciate various genres of music and also understand and explore the sounds around them. All pupils have the opportunity to perform on a variety of instruments and get involved in group and individual music making.
In the lower school (EYFS, Keystage 1 and 2) we use Charanga to support our music teaching. This is an online music scheme provided by Oldham Music Services with lots of visual aids and interactive resources to support your children’s learning about music.
Our students love using percussion, ukuleles, guitars, keyboards and voices to take part practically in classroom music lessons.
At Key Stage 3 and 4 the music curriculum is broken down into three main areas of study:
3. Listening and appraising
All students have access to Music Technology through iPads, electronic drums and digital keyboards, accessing the apps Garageband, Djay and Chrome MusicLab. We use Showbie to share recordings, performances and work in each of the three key areas.
The Music curriculum offers the pupils as wide an experience as is possible. Each pupil is encouraged to work individually and also to be a member of a small group and at times work with a whole class group.
Pupils are encouraged to follow a hands-on approach, to investigate and to experiment with sound sources and use these when composing and performing. Pupils listen to a variety of musical material of differing styles, periods and cultures.
Here are some of the topics covered across Years 7, 8 and 9:
Atmospheric Music – Planets/Cosmic Music
Chair and Garageband Drumming
Instruments of The Orchestra
Hip Hop Music
Four Chords Song
Music for Video Games