Music at Bank View High is a lot of fun and happens on a number of levels; we class it as a primary source of communication and within it we explore the full range of expression from therapeutic styled music sessions to the full implementation of a tailored national curriculum.
The emphasis is on practical musicianship; building skills to become a fully rounded musician with the confidence to play solo and the sensibilities to be able to participate in ensemble playing.
Following a framework based on Kodály, Dalcroze and Musical Futures methodologies we enable students to gain a solid grounding in the basic concepts of music such as pulse, rhythm and pitch. Through singing, musical games and instrumental work students develop their fine and gross motor skills (and general coordination) alongside developing their inner hearing. Students also benefit from the usual skills that music provides such as attention and listening, pattern recognition, language development, social interaction, confidence and invention (composition).
Using different mediums we use a range of stimuli to aid our work including; song writing, improvisation, composition, recording, poetry and this compliments skills in other creative activities such as dance and drama. At KS4 when choosing an options subject, Expressive Arts is a combined provision of drama and music.
Where appropriate we can also offer one to one/small group music tuition on a range of instruments including; acoustic/electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboards and drums.
In class we access tuned and un-tuned percussion, keyboards, graphic and standard music notation while exploring a range of interesting instruments and repertoire from popular and folk music to classical and rock.
Opportunities are also available to work towards an Arts Award and play in an ensemble from rock bands to the school music club ensemble.
We also link in with other organisations to access their provision and performance opportunities; these include the Philharmonic school concerts, DADA (Disability And Deaf Arts), Resonate (Liverpool Music Hub), Live Music Now and Youth Music.
Our website links.
BBC Bitesize music
Listen to and make your own instruments.
Instruments of the orchestra