The Music department contains two specialist rooms with a suite of keyboards in each and Music PC’s that run several music based software packages such as ‘Sibelius’, ‘Auralia’ and ‘Musition’.
In addition, there are two practice rooms housed within the department that contain electric pianos, a drum kit and access to recording facilities and the ‘ProTools’ software programme. Other music technology resources include ‘Garage Band’ that is used for students to compose on the iPads.
Individual or small group lessons are available from our team of instrumental and vocal tutors. Students can learn to play: Violin, Viola, Cello, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Drums, Acoustic, Electric or Bass Guitar, Keyboard and Voice.
Targeted support sessions are available for all GCSE, BTEC, A level students at lunch time and after school – this can include small group or individual support.
A level students receive composition workshops from professional composers.
6th form students undertake additional listening sessions after school with a specialist tutor once a week.
Our extensive programme of extra-curricular activities includes:
Chamber Choir, Orchestra, Weatherhead Sings, Brass Ensemble and Key Stage 4 Pop Bands are run on a weekly basis. Other ensembles that rehearse periodically include: Samba Band, Jazz Band and the Show Band that perform in Performing Arts musicals.
Soloists and ensembles perform on a daily basis in assemblies to develop their confidence and performance experience and whole year group singing assemblies take place throughout the year.
Weatherhead musicians are kept extremely busy performing regularly in school and in public. They have performed at: Chester Festival, Floral Pavilion, Wirral Festival, Birkenhead Festival of Transport, Clare House Music Festival, Liver Buildings, BT Convention Centre, Liverpool Jazz Festival at Liverpool One and the National Festival ‘Music for Youth’. The Jazz Band and Orchestra have also performed in Europe with successful tours to Paris, Holland and Germany.
Assessment and Monitoring
Key Stage 3 – regular assessment of performing and composition skills occurs during each unit of work and students complete a listening test at the end of each unit.
Key Stage 4 and 5 – students are assessed regularly in the three key areas of Performing, Composing and Listening.
Instrumental and Vocal Lesson Assessments
Students are set weekly, termly and yearly targets to enable them to succeed. They are encouraged to enter for public examinations on their chosen instrument or voice with a variety of examination boards such as: the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Trinity College, Rock School and London College of Music. Weatherhead students enter for, and are successful in these exams. We have a pass rate of 100% – testament to the excellent standards of our music provision.
Additional listening tasks, revision resources and homework assignments are all available for all students in the Music department section of the VLE.