Practical lessons have always been important at Ralph Sadleir and the majority of lessons include instrumental work.
The Music Department believes that progress and high standards are achieved primarily through enjoyment and self-motivation and aims to provide all pupils with the opportunity to:-
- Enjoy and understand different genres of music
- Sing, compose, listen and appraise with increasing confidence, accuracy and enthusiasm
- Participate in extra curricular music making outside the classroom
All pupils have one hour of music a week. We have a collection of new keyboards and three practice rooms. Teaching methods are designed to cater for all abilities.
|Autumn 1||Autumn 2||Spring 1||Spring 2||Summer 1||Summer 2|
|Year 5||Rounds and vocal||Rounds and vocal||Elements of Music 1||Elements of Music 2||Treble clef and the recorder||Treble clef and the recorder|
|Year 6||Keyboard skills||Keyboard skills||Rhythm and Pulse||Instruments of the Orchestra||Vocal skills||Gamelan|
|Year 7||Ground bass and variations||Drones in Indian and Celtic Music||Reggae||Latin-American Music||Rock and Roll||Britpop|
|Year 8||Hooks and Riffs||The Blues||Music Industry and Copyright||Musical Futures||Club Dance Music||ICT
Individual tuition is available on clarinet, flute, saxophone, guitar (electric and acoustic), piano, violin, viola, drums and voice.
As instrumental tuition is additional to, the general school curriculum, fees are charged. However pupils whose parents are in receipt of income support may be eligible for free instrumental lessons.
Information on learning an instrument can be obtained from Miss Devine and Miss Mason.
The majority of our pupils take the opportunity to develop their skills whilst also enjoying music making outside the classroom environment. Many take the opportunity to use the practice rooms on offer at break and lunchtimes. A wide range of clubs are offered and well supported. These groups and individuals perform in one majorconcert or performance every term, either as ensembles, solos and duets.
Every year Ralph Sadleir host a Carol Service at St Mary’s Church, Standon, which is open to parents and the community to attend. In 2016, the Ralph Sadleir choir performed in the Hertfordshire Schools’ Gala at the Royal Albert Hall, which was our second time in attendance.
Every Summer Term, we host a House Music Event in which Freman College students adjudicate, and also a formal Summer Concert at the end of the academic year.
For the first time in 2016, we have also been running a brass group initiative every Monday after school, which provides free brass tuition and supply of instruments. This is proving to be a great success.
Former Ralph Sadleir pupils have been awarded accolades such as Hertfordshire Songwriter of the Year and Young Musician of the Year.
|Brass Group (3.30 - 4.30pm)||Choir (12.50pm)||Wind Group |
(10.15 - 10.30)
|Orchestra (12.50pm)||String Group (1pm)|
If you would like more information regarding our Music curriculum, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org