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Bury Grammar Schools

Music

Music at BGS provides an opportunity for our students to express themselves in a variety of creative, imaginative and practical ways.
 
It introduces them to different approaches through investigation, presentation and the communication of their ideas through tasks based around performing, composing and listening.  The pupils gain confidence by performing in front of audiences, they acquire a wide general knowledge and appreciation of a variety of musical styles and genres, they develop transferable skills through working as a part of a team, learning to lead others and through the use of technology. Their lives can also be enriched by learning an instrument and performing with one of our many instrumental and vocal ensembles, experiencing live performances and workshops delivered by visiting professionals.

Subject Curriculum

Key Stage 3

 
Lesson are of a highly practical nature, using classroom keyboards, percussion and the students' own instruments.

GCSE

 
Edexcel Pearson GCSE Music – Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Music for Stage and Screen, Fusion Music

Students use Sibelius software to compose in a range of different styles, responding to a set brief. The study of set works develop listening, analytical and essay writing skills but are also delivered in a practical way. Students are given a number of opportunities to perform solo and ensemble repertoire throughout the year and are encouraged to enter external competitions in both performing and composing.

A Level

 
Eduqas A level Music – Western Classical Music and music of the 20th or 21st Century, options to study Rock and Pop, Musical Theatre and Jazz
 
Students use Sibelius software to compose in a range of different styles, responding to a set brief.  Like at GCSE, Students are given a number of opportunities to perform solo and ensemble repertoire throughout the year and are encouraged to enter external competitions in both performing and composing.

Director of Girls Music

Miss Britton was appointed to the position of Director of Music at BGSG in September 2007. 
 
Previously she had worked as Director of Music at Leweston School in Dorset and as a music and drama teacher at St Paul's in Wythenshawe. 
 
In 2004, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for cultural exchange and went to live and travel in America whilst working at Flemington Middle School in New Jersey. 

Miss Britton attended Oxford High School, gained a BMus(hons) from Manchester University specialising in composition and performance. She completed a PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University. 
 
Miss Britton plays the piano, violin, viola, double bass and sings. She is also an A Level examiner.

Director of Boys Music

Miss Downing was appointed to the position of Director of Music at BGSB in September 2014, after spending eight years as second in department, teacher in charge of assessment and monitoring, at Canon Slade School from 2005 and teacher of music and art at All Saints Catholic College from 1999.
 
She had previously studied GCSEs and A Levels at The Blue Coat C of E School, Oldham, gained a BMus(hons) from Manchester University and completed a PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University.