Plymstock School Music Department
The Music department at Plymstock School has gone through some very exciting times since the appointment of the current Head of Department in 2010. Some of the most recent and significant progressions include:
- The re-introduction of GCSE Music back into the day time school curriculum
- The introduction of A Level Music
- A Chamber Wind band
- A Violin ensemble
- A Blues guitar jam club
- Plymstock Singers which has 70 student members
- A succession of musical trips to showcase our musicians at places such as local National Trust Properties, the Minster Church of St Andrew in Plymouth, and London Wembley Arena
The new National Curriculum has also meant that a revised programme of study is in place to enable students in Key Stage 3 to build upon previous musical skills and knowledge as the course progresses. Pupils take part in a variety of performance or composition projects each half term, studying various musical styles which include Music of the Classic Western composers, Blues, Samba and Film Music. Each project focuses on appraisal, performance and composition and students are actively involved in setting their own targets for development. Further to this, each unit of the programme of study at Key Stage 3 directly links and relates to the content of the AQA GCSE and A-Level music syllabus studied here at Plymstock School during Key Stages 4 and 5.
The music block hosts two large teaching rooms and three large practice rooms. Each student in any class has access to a keyboard at any time, and we have an increasing range of other instruments for students to learn with – for example, when learning percussive music in the style of Samba. There is also an attached suite which has computers with music-writing software and we have a bank of i-Pads with the “garageband” app for use at KS3 and 4. We have an impressive collection of steel acoustic guitars, electric and bass guitars, Samba percussion instruments, full size electric piano’s with multi-track and USB facilities and an acoustic and an electric drum kit.
Plymstock School music department has an ever-growing programme of extra-curricular activities open to all students from the school as listed above. In addition to these, there is also a keyboard club for students to be able to further develop skills learnt in the classroom, and a ‘drop-in’ surgery for students who need coursework support or extra practise for musical exams etc.
Included in the extra-curricular programme is the instrumental tuition by our superb peripatetic team. Students are encouraged to continue with their instrumental tuition from primary school, and many students also choose to begin lessons when they arrive here at Plymstock. Music request forms are available in the induction pack itself or from the school office.