“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

At Atlantic Academy, our aim is for all students to have the opportunity to explore and make music in such a way that they are able to continue playing and making music into their adult life in a professional or personal capacity should they wish.

More importantly, we want students to have the door unlocked for them so that they can enjoy the lifelong enrichment and cultural capital that a love and appreciation of music can bring.  In addition to the work done in class, all assemblies start with carefully selected music for students to enjoy, accompanied by a slide telling them a little about the composer, their life and details about the piece they are listening to.

Our intent is to:

  • Foster the skills of the individual student through projects that require them to perform or compose independently, but also to create music in a group to encourage them to interact with their peers and develop positive interaction.
  • Give students the opportunity to experience music of a variety of cultures and musical styles.
  • Reflect on the music they hear with an objectively critical ear as well as on a subjective, emotional level.

See the Curriculum

Key Stage 1

Music at Key stage 1 allows students the opportunity to explore sound and timbre, enjoy singing as a class and to learn to organise sounds. During Key Stage 1, music lessons will take place in our specialist music room and students will be introduced to percussion, stringed (ukulele) and keyboard instruments. Throughout each unit, in addition to their own music making, students will be introduced to music from a range of genres that relate to their practical learning. Units of work covered in Key Stage 1 include:

Year 1

  • Musical elements and beginner pitch
  • Repeating rhythms
  • Harmony and performing together

Year 2

  • Scales and the music of India
  • Simple rhythmic notation
  • Introduction to chords through the ukulele

Key Stage 2

We follow up the work we do in Key Stage 1 music with units of work that take a joined up, practical approach to music theory, skills and the creative process. The emphasis remains on working collaboratively and independently with key classic pieces as stimuli.  We are fortunate to work with Dorset Music Service in year 4 to offer 10 weeks of instrumental tuition to both of the classes. In previous years, the instruments offered have been Samba Band, recorder and violin. We are hoping to offer Samba Band again for 2019/20 and this will take place in the Spring Term (Unit 2).  Singing continues to form a critical core of our work and regular performances are built into the end of each unit of work to celebrate this. Our aim is that all students leave the primary phase being able to: read simple notation – both rhythmic and pitch, understand the concept of harmony, can play a keyboard using two hands and all of their fingers and thumbs, and play simple chords on the ukulele.  Units of work covered in Key Stage 2 include:

Year 3

  • Composition and structure. Space theme.
  • Balinese rhythm grids and rhythm composition
  • Triads and harmony

Year 4

  • Pitch notation – sharps and flats
  • Samba band – Dorset Music Service Music continuation scheme
  • Ukulele group performance

Year 5

  • Simple songwriting
  • Beethoven performance
  • Ukulele and guitar performance

Year 6

  • Composition – intervals. Steps, leaps and repeated notes.
  • Ukulele group performance
  • Class performance

Key Stage 3

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum aims to extend students’ performing, composing and appraising skills to the stage where all students are in a position to decide to carry on with music to Key Stage 4 and beyond.   Musical structure and tonality are built on through the work on the blues and songwriting. The year 9 units of study are designed to prepare all students for the expectations at RSL level 2 performance and allow students a little more autonomy and ownership of their learning. It also allows students some leeway to “specialise” in one of the instruments that they have been learning since joining the Academy.

Year 7

  • Musical elements, pitch notation
  • Rhythmic notations
  • Introduction to Chords

Year 8

  • The blues
  • Chord styles and songwriting
  • Songwriting and performance

Year 9

  • Instrumental study
  • Solo performance and rehearsal skills
  • Group performance and repertoire.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, our current offer is the RSL Level 2 Certificate in Performance.  The course includes the core unit, “Putting on a live performance” and 2 optional units. Currently we offer “Music Rehearsal Skills” and “Instrumental Study”.

Year 10

  • How my instrument works and how I maintain it.
  • Solo performance after skills audit.
  • Group performance and repertoire.

Year 11

  • External set  Exam
  • External set  Exam
  • Course complete

The Music Team

Classroom music at  Atlantic Academy is taught by music specialist, Alison Winsborough, a music graduate with specialisms in singing, piano and composition.  In addition to class music, a range of enrichment opportunities are offered across the Academy. Dorset Music supports work done in Year 4 through the Music Continuation Scheme, and visiting professional musicians on our peripatetic team offer one to one and small group tuition on drums and guitar.

  • Ms Winsborough – Faculty Director and subject specialist for Music
  • Mr Bailey – drum teacher, Mr Garden – guitar teacher
  • Mrs Luke, Miss Gorrod – TA Music Support
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