Pupils taking the course have the opportunity to develop into excellent musicians, working closely with others to develop key skills such as teamwork; self-expression; confidence; sensitivity, and communication.
All the course assignments are completed as coursework: there is no final examination at the end of Year 11.
As part of the course, pupils are involved in several activities, including:
• Planning, preparing, and performing in a BTEC concert
• Learning solo and ensemble percussion pieces
• Taking a rehearsal
• Recording sessions
• Developing advanced percussion skills
• A research project
A significant part of the course will involve learning new pieces to play, and performing these at Gad’s concerts.
Musical development also encourages the acquisition of important life skills:
- Teamwork is a central component of all ensemble work
- Empathy and communication grow out of the pursuit of shared musical goals
- Striving for excellence develops self discipline, perseverance, and endeavour
- Learning complex pieces of music requires enhanced dexterity, coordination and increases memory capacity
- Performing to an audience develops confidence and self assurance
- Individual expression is an integral part of the act of music making, allowing a unique personal response to develop, thus fostering creativity and sensitivity
- Musical ability develops through regular practise and repetition of tasks over considerable lengths of time, promoting high levels of determination, commitment and persistence
- A musical performance engages and combines the intellectual, emotional, kinesthetic aspects of learning