Music is an integral part of the Ashmole community. Pupils experience live music in their assemblies, at lunchtime concerts and in the numerous performing opportunities we offer, including whole-school productions, the Christmas assembly and our series of summer concerts. The department is equipped with three classrooms, a music technology suite, a recording studio control room and a number of practice rooms.
Our curriculum is engineered for students to become more musical. We teach performing skills using keyboards, ukuleles, tuned percussion and drums, alongside a great deal of classroom singing and the use of music composing software. Our aim is for all pupils to have created and performed a wide range of music from contrasting genres and cultures. We teach them to express thoughts and opinions on music they experience, and we intend for all of our students to appreciate the place of music in their world.
All students will study music from Year 7 and will be able to choose Music GCSE (Edexcel) at the end of Year 9 and Music A- Level (Edexcel) in Year 12.
The music Curriculum at Ashmole Academy is underpinned by five subject specific curriculum pillars:
These pillars make clear how to make progress in music, including the knowledge and skills that are developed over time. They are referred to every lesson to enable students to link new learning to what they already know and can do.
Ashmole offers lessons in piano, drum kit, clarinet, saxophone, flute, oboe, trumpet, trombone, French horn, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, violin, viola, cello, double bass and voice. Information regarding fees and applications can be found in the extracurricular section on this website.
We have a number of extracurricular activities available both during lunchtime and after school including rock / pop bands within the year groups, two choirs, Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble, Soul Band, Music Theory top-up classes and the Showband, who accompany the musical production. Other ensembles, for instance a folk band, may be put together as we approach a concert, reflecting the skills and interests of our musicians.