Welcome to the Music Department
Mr J Simon
The Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College Music department is extremely active in all areas of the subject. From practical elements including ensembles to written forms such as composing and history and analysis, Music is alive and thriving at the Convent.
Students are encouraged to start learning an instrument during KS3 and the Convent encourages this further with a heavily subsidised programme to allow every student the opportunity. Through private instrumental lessons, students are further encouraged to join one of the many ensembles offered at the convent. The school choir has grown dramatically over the last few years and have performed at a number of high profile events across the school. The choir have previously represented the school at Wembley Arena for the ‘Voice in a Million’ event and performed carols at ‘Westfield’ Stratford. A number of the girls had solo parts and sang with the Stage Choir. Last year the whole of Year 7 worked alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on a creative project which allowed each class to develop their own piece of music which they then performed with part of the orchestra. 25 students were then selected to represent the school, performing alongside schools from Brent with the whole of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Brent Civic Centre.
Across the school students are incredibly active in music and continually cultivate opportunities for performance. Girls are encouraged to actively participate in the singing and playing of Liturgical Music to support our beautiful celebrations of Mass each week.
Music is a dynamic subject and provides students with another outlet for expression. It is an extremely accessible subject and students are encouraged to contribute to school life through this subject.
Key Stage 3
Year 7 – 2 Lessons pre week.
Year 8 – 1 lesson per week
Key stage 3 curriculum is designed to provide to the students a broad knowledge of all the different aspects of Music: composing, performing and appraising. Since from the first lessons both theory and practice are integrated in order to help students to develop knowledge and practical skills. Topics covered in the Year 7 curriculum are: notation and rhythm, structure composition, elements of music and instruments of the orchestra. Year 8 curriculum covers: chords and melody, blues, performance and minimalism. Students are encouraged to actively develop their skills and express their creativity through different styles, instruments and activities. Performance work is regularly shared and evaluated.
The year 7s second music lesson during the week focuses on the liturgical life of the school, during these lesson they practice and learn Hymns.
Key Stage 4
Music is a popular choice at GCSE and our students benefit from the supportive and well equipped environment that the school provide. The current specification running in GCSE Music is the Edexcel Specification.
Year 9 - 1 double and 1 single lesson a week
Year 10 and 11 – Extracurricular, taught after school and revision sessions during lunch times.