Senior School – Music Department

Summer Term News

It has been a very busy and productive term for the music department.

At Key Stage 3 our Year 7 students have been studying the ukulele, learning to play pieces of pop music on the ukulele whilst singing. Jessie J’s “Price Tag” proved favourite!

Year 8 students have been learning about Musicals. The students have been focusing on the function that music plays in musical, and they have created dramatic compositions in the style of “Phantom of the Opera”.

Year 9 students have completed a unit of work on Popular Music. In this unit of work, the students take responsibility for the creation of their own musical performance of a song of their choice.

Key Stage 4 has seen our Year 10 students doing lots of ensemble performing whilst also continuing with their composing and listening work. We have created a GCSE Band and they have created class performances of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “The Four Chord Song”. We have said farewell to our year 11 music students and hope they get the GCSE results they deserve in August.

Our key stage 5 students have had a very important term, with Year 12 Music Technology and year 13 Music students sitting their end of year examinations, whilst our year 12 Music students have continued with their studies of the Western Classical Tradition and Popular Music. We wish them the best of luck with their results in August.

A highlight of this term was a visit to the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, to see a performance by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It was such a valuable and enjoyable experience for our students to watch this world class orchestra perform.

The extra-curricular life of the music department as always, has also been extremely busy. Our clubs and ensembles have been rehearsing every week building on key skills and expanding their musical repertoire. Our first musical event this term was our Akeley Musician of the Year at the Radcliffe centre in Buckingham. I am pleased to announce that Josie Shuker in Year 10 was our Musician of the Year, and Ruby Cooke in Year 7 was our Young Musician of the Year.

We held a Folk Music Day for our musicians, where students experienced performing with a 50-piece folk orchestra. This culminated in a performance at the end of the day, showcasing what the students had achieved. We were also lucky enough to have a performance from the Joe Broughton Folk Ensemble.

The year came to a close with Akeley Woodfest, a musical celebration allowing students from all three sites to showcase their musical talent to the rest of the Akeley community.

A big thank you to all of the staff, students and parents for their continued support the music at Akeley.

Mr Powell

Director of Music

Head of Performing Arts