Aims of the Department
The music curriculum is designed to help all students experience an in-depth and varied musical education, to prepare them towards KS4, KS5 and further musical study.
Each year the curriculum is balanced between practical performance work, composition and learning how to listen to and appraise music.
We encourage the students to develop their musicianship through a wide range of musical experiences and genres.
Strengths of the Department
Music at Trinity benefits from small group sizes enabling students to learn through practical ensemble based sessions or individual piano or composition study.
We teach using a variety of teaching and learning strategies to help all learners excel in Music. The resources in the department are excellent.
We have many extra-curricular music ensembles ranging from choirs to orchestras to a steel pan group which are thoroughly enjoyed by all the students who attend.
The students in our extra-curricular ensembles take part in annual performances at several prestigious venues across Manchester, including the RNCM, St Ann’s Church and Manchester Cathedral.
The department has produced sell-out performances of Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, Lionel Bart’s Oliver! and The Wizard of Oz.
Many of our students take advantage of our extensive extra-curricular music lessons including piano, strings, brass, woodwind, guitar, percussion and many more, and successfully take graded exams on their instruments. All lessons are timetabled on rotation during the school day and are free of charge.
Many of our students have gone on to study Music at university and conservatoire level, including the RNCM and University of Manchester.
KS3 Music Curriculum
Students study a very wide and exciting range of musical genres throughout KS3 at Trinity.
In year 7 the students are introduced to the fundamental elements of music, and then go through to study the instruments of the orchestra. Keyboard skills are focussed on during the second term, as well as experiencing a large variety of world percussion music including steel pans, African drumming and Brazilian samba. Programme Music is studied in the final term.
In year 8, units of work include Reggae and Gamelan music, and furthering keyboard skills by studying Pachelbel’s Canon in D. The use of music technology and Garage Band is introduced during this year, with regular use of the school’s state of the art Apple iMac suites and recording studio. Students study Blues music and have the opportunity to write their own Blues songs having studied the structure and function of the harmony of the genre.
The summation of the KS3 programme in year 9 sees the students use the skills they have developed over year 7 and 8 to produce their own, mature music within the genres of Music and the Media, Film Music, Minimalism, The Beatles and Electronic Dance Music. Students learn how to use more advanced music software, including Logic Pro X. The music they study is examined in more detail regarding harmony, structure and social contexts.
KS4 Music Curriculum
Students study Edexcel GCSE Music at KS4 and A level Music at KS5. Both courses are structured: 30% performance, 30% composition, and 40% on a written exam based on Areas of Study. There is an academic focus for the written exam, which encourages increased levels of literacy and listening skills.