The most important thing that people develop in music is their confidence. Music has the power to change pupils’ futures and outlook on life. In the music department the teacher's job is to inspire the pupils through the teacher's infectious enthusiasm for their subject.

The curriculum taught at KS3 and KS4 is designed to meet pupils’ needs and help them to make great strides during their time at Westleigh. During KS3 the pupils will learn to develop an understanding of music from a range of genres and cultures. This includes Samba in year 7, Big Band Swing Music in year 8 and Band Skills during year 9.

GCSE Music is a very popular option which students take during years 10 & 11. The results that the pupils achieve are always excellent. The most significant and impressive fact about the results is that pupils nearly always achieve at least one grade above their target. The % A* - C grades are often amongst the best in theschool and among the best results within the authority.

GCSE MUSIC RESULTS

2009/2010

2010/2011

2011/2012

%  A* – C

Target

Actual

Target

Actual

Target

Actual

45%

73%

58%

71%

63%

92%

Instrumental lessons are very popular at Westleigh, with around 1 in every 8 pupils taking instrumental lessons. The most popular lessons are drums, guitar and singing. The curriculum is designed for these pupils to fully reach their potential.

At Westleigh we have two regular ensembles; the Soul Band and the Vocal Group. The Soul Band features the schools’ very best musicians and have performed in many different gigs outside of school, including the Leigh Jubilee Celebrations at Leigh Town, the Greater Manchester Police Gala at Lowton Civic Hall and weddings. At Westleigh we also like to include any talented Primary school pupils into the band to help inspire them prior to their arrival at secondary school.

The music department produces a concert at the end of each year called The Big Gig. The Big Gig involves over a hundred pupils, who perform in bands and groups. Most of the songs are often from the Rock genre. The concert is hugely popular with all the pupils, staff and parents and has become a permanent fixture in everyone’s diary.

 

 

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Music

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