Academic Music

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Studying Music encourages young people to develop a wide range of transferable skills, such as critical thinking, research, communication and team-work. 

At Bede's, this journey starts in the First Year, during which pupils explore a huge range of musical styles and techniques, playing, writing, analysing and recording to gauge and develop their personal passion for studying Music, mostly in our Manor House practise rooms and classrooms.

In the Fifth Form, during the GCSE course, pupils study a wide range of musical genres through the processes of listening, composing and performing.

Pupils explore Classical, Popular and World Music across the two years, and are given time to develop their own creative style. Alongside learning about structure, harmonic progressions, melody writing and writing for specific instruments, pupils also compose and record using Sibelius and Logic Pro in our purpose-built studio. 

In the Sixth Form meanwhile, A Level Music helps pupils to develop aural, theoretical and analytical skills, enabling them to explore a significant 'set work' and specialist area of study to suit pupil preferences.

Building on the knowledge and skills gained in GCSE Music, as well as experiences from outside of the classroom, the course recognises the interdependence of different aspects of musical activity.

Musicians on the course can choose to study compositional techniques, to create music which draws on their own experience and enthusiasm, or to arrange a given piece of music. In their performances, pupils can present solo and ensemble pieces and can work with Mr Hopkins in Music Technology to develop their recording techniques.

The specification provides a sound preparation for the study of music in higher education, as well as providing opportunities to develop strengths and interest leading to music-related careers.

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Robert Scamardella
As an Old Bedian myself, it is a great pleasure to help a new generation to realise their huge potential in all that they do, both in and out of the classroom.

Robert Scamardella , Director of Music and Dorms House Tutor

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As an Old Bedian myself, it is a great pleasure to help a new generation to realise their huge potential in all that they do, both in and out of the classroom.

Robert Scamardella, Director of Music and Dorms House Tutor

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