Hillside High School

Excellence in the Heart of the Community

Wade Deacon Trust

    Mr N Richardson 
    Subject Leader
    Email: music@hillsidehigh.co.uk
    Departmental Twitter Feed: @hhs4music


    At Hillside, all pupils have the opportunity to study violin, piano, guitar, ukulele, African and Samba drumming as a whole class during Key Stage 3, through a practically based curriculum.  Pupils will also gain experience of ensemble performing through participation in our Steel Band and Gamelan group.

    Through developing their practical musicianship,  pupils will develop in the following areas:

    • Creativity
    • Self-expression
    • Emotional and spiritual sensitivity
    • Self-discipline
    • Intellectual capability
    • Self-confidence
    • Problem-solving skills
    • Co-ordination and technical skills

    Key Stage 4

    GCSE Music is an optional subject in Years 9, 10 and 11, and only pupils who have already gained a good standard in their practical skills will be considered for this course. The examination consists of 60% coursework, made up of performing and composing units, and a final written examination based on a theoretical understanding of music.

    Enrichment and Extra Curricular Activities

    At Hillside, there are many and varied opportunities for pupils of all years to take an active role in enriching the life of the school through music. We have a team of five, peripatetic instrumental music teachers who offer pupils lessons on a wide range of orchestral instruments, guitar, percussion and vocals, at no cost to parents.  We also have a substantial supply of instruments for loan to pupils during the initial stage of skill development.

    There are also a range of music clubs after school which pupils can participate in:

    Music Clubs
    Monday Guitar Club, Samba Band
    Tuesday Choir
    Wednesday Rock Workshop
    Thursday Choir
    Friday Keyboard Club

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