The Music Department at St Francis Xavier School aims to give all students an active participation in creating, performing and listening to their own and others music.
At Key Stage 3 all students follow a programme of study that fulfils the National Curriculum objectives allowing students to access a diverse range of musical styles and genres through a range of projects that encompass performing, composing and listening skills. Through these activities students develop an independence of learning and ability to self-evaluate through peer-to-peer observation and sharing to identify strengths and weaknesses of their own and others work. Key aims of the department are to demonstrate and nurture an awareness of key skills that will transpire to student’s further studies and future career paths such as; listening to others, working in social groups, concentration, creativity, intuition, dedication to practise, self-confidence in sharing ideas with others and demonstrating sensitivity towards others. Topics studied at Key Stage 3 include: the voice, blues, film music and technology and various cover-song projects.
The Key Stage 4 Music curriculum follows the AQA Music GCSE which develops the key skills taught during years 7 to 9, presenting opportunities for both independent and collaborative work. Students are supported in developing their composition and performance skills to create two of their own compositions and two performances; one solo and one ensemble. The course also encourages exploration of wider musical styles through a listening and appraising exam; this includes the studying of set works from a wide variety of genres as well as learning the skills to analyse unfamiliar music.
All students can access further practical music-making through our instrumental tuition scheme whereby visiting teachers provide lessons for the vast majority of instruments, both orchestral and electronic.
There are also many extra-curricular opportunities within the department which all students are welcome and encouraged to engage with. These opportunities currently include a choir, string orchestra, worship band and wind band. The department also stages many concerts and shows and provides music for services and functions throughout the school year.