Music

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything” – Plato

Mission Statement:

At Davison we believe that Music is an integral part of the human condition, and is essential to the well-rounded education of all children. Not only is it intellectually satisfying but as an art form it engenders concentration, teamwork, individual confidence and self-discipline.

The aim of the music department is to provide all students with a wide range of practical music making experiences in both curricular and extra-curricular activities. All girls are encouraged regardless of their ability and there are many opportunities available for involvement both in and out of the classroom. We provide a positive, inclusive environment where girls can develop their imagination, self-esteem and teamwork skills.

Why music?

Through collaborative practical work, the study of music helps to develop lifelong skills such as the ability to:

  • Work as part of a team to meet a high pressure deadline
  • Have confidence to push your own thoughts forward but be sensitive to others' opinions
  • Listen and respond to new information whilst under pressure
  • Work hard to meet the deadline even though you're tired or sick
  • Think on your feet
  • Learn new things quickly which you then have to present confidently
  • Come up with an original idea and take it all the way to completion
  • Persuade people to think or feel a certain way through your presentation or performance
  • Delegate roles to other people in your team, taking into account their strengths and weaknesses
  • Stand in front of people you don't know and present your work to them confidently
  • Focus entirely on the task in hand regardless of distraction
  • Rework an idea at the last minute to adapt to a change in the team

Key Stage 3 Music

In years 7, 8 and 9 students have 2 hours of classroom music lessons per fortnight. The curriculum has been created to ensure that students perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions.

They will learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.

They will understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated using the musical elements of pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

Students are expected to meet the KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) for performing (including singing) composing (including improvising) and critical evaluation (including target setting, contextualising and assessing)

GCSE Music

At Davison we follow the OCR GCSE Music specification. Results are consistently above the national average with last year’s cohort achieving 96% A*-C (48% A*-A). The course currently consists of 60% Controlled Assessment and 40% examination. For more details please visit the OCR website http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/227220-gcse-9-1-music-summary-brochure.pdf

Instrumental and Vocal Lessons

Instrumental and vocal tuition is provided by West Sussex Music. Tuition on the following instruments is currently provided at Davison:

Singing

Piano

Keyboard

Guitar

Bass Guitar

Flute

Oboes

Clarinet

Saxophone

Trumpet / cornet

Trombone

Violin

‘Cello

For further details or to apply for lessons please go to https://www.westsussexmusic.co.uk

Extra Curricular Activities and Clubs

We offer a variety of instrumental and vocal clubs including Swing Band, Woodwind Ensemble, String Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet, Theory Club, Senior Choir, Pitch Perfect Club and A Capella groups. Practice rooms are available for booking by girls at lunchtime and before and after school for rehearsal of smaller chamber groups and bands.

Our clubs timetable can be found here.

Davison Worthing Youth Concert Band

Please click here for details of the DWYCW. http://www.dwycb.com

Facilities

The accommodation consists of 2 large teaching classrooms, each with a suite of Yamaha keyboards, a percussion trolley and range of tuned percussion. There are 5 practice rooms for use as break-out spaces and for instrumental tuition. The department is well resourced with 15 iPads with midi keyboards, several acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass guitars and class sets of ukuleles. There are 2 drum kits, several acoustic and digital pianos and a set of African Djembe drums.