Music…gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and life to everything…Without music, life would be an error.
Plato, the Ancient Greek philosopher
How we organise learning
In Years 7 & 8, students receive 12 double lessons per year in this subject, meeting the needs of the national curriculum for music.
Music in Year 7
During Year 7, students make use of the school 40-piece samba kit by completing a whole-class performance of ‘Samba de Janeiro’ and then composing and notating their own ‘Ridgeway Samba’. They also develop their listening skills and knowledge of music theory through the use of specialised games.
Music in Year 8
During Year 8, students continue to perform as part of a whole class, using a combination of keyboard and percussion instruments. Individual instrumental skills are incorporated into this unit of work as parts are written for specific instruments at different levels of difficulty to challenge even the best performers.
Students are given the opportunity to learn new skills on both the guitar and drum kit. Students who have prior knowledge of these instruments will be challenged through differentiated performance materials as, no matter how good you are on an instrument, there is always more to learn!
During Key Stage 3, homework is set every week and is accessible through Show My Homework. Homework ranges from written and learning tasks to performance preparation.
Music in Key Stage 4
Examination Board: Pearson
Specification Name: BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Music
Link: Music BTEC Level 1/Level 2
Music in Key Stage 4 is taught under the umbrella of performing arts, with students choosing to specialise in one particular area.
Performing arts helps you to develop your communication skills, as well as build confidence. As a performer, you can choose to play an instrument, sing, act or dance. You may also develop your technical production skills through costume & make-up, lighting, sound, front of house and backstage management.
You have the opportunity to attend concerts, theatre productions and rehearsal sessions and other enrichment activities. The most recent trips have included: Disneyland Paris featuring specialist, professional workshops; Liverpool Empire to see the touring west-end production of ‘Wicked’ and ‘Annie’; participation in the Great Big Dance Off. You regularly perform at concerts and festivals and take part in school productions. Recent productions have included ’We Will Rock You’, ‘Annie’, ‘Grease’ and ‘Bugsy Malone’.
Ms J Morgan (Assistant Headteacher & Director of Creativity and Enterprise)
Ms Morgan has played the piano since the age of 4 and the clarinet since she was 7. At the age of 11 she received a music scholarship to a highly acclaimed college and she gained her grade 8 on both instruments (piano at distinction). At the age of 18 she began to learn the saxaphone, gaining her third grade 8 three months later. She has been a member of various orchestras from the age of 11, touring both the UK and Europe and appearing in, and winning, many festivals as both a soloist and principal clarinettist. At the age of 16 she was hired to perform as part of a pit (theatre) orchestra and since then has appeared in theatres across the North West in over 40 musicals, touring Europe with several companies. She has been a member of several bands, performing at pubs and clubs across the North West. Before becoming a music teacher, she also worked as a peripatetic instrument teacher for many North West schools.
Mr P Devaney (Music Tutor)
Mr Devaney has twenty years of instrument teaching experience, which includes teaching at North Trafford College (a Level 4 Contemporary Music Course), Wirral Metropolitan College, a Wirral-based music school and, of course, Ridgeway – as well as a large number of private guitar students. He has toured nationwide and in Europe with many bands including Vital Signs (soul), Chico (soul), Skokiaan and Muzika World (African world music), Precinct 47 (funk), Capone (function band) and Staring At Ghosts (acoustic music). He has also worked as a session musician for many bands. He is an experienced music producer, musical director and sound engineer and regularly records music with the bands he performs with, as well as other artists. He has also performed at many prestigious events such as Glastonbury and the Edinburgh Festival.