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SMSC in the Music Department

In Music we focus on people: their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Every task or project within the department expects students to consider their own thoughts or responses or consider other people’s thoughts in relation to different situations.

This can take the form of lessons or extra-curricular activities within lessons, or can involve projects outside of the classroom including outside workshops, visits or external master-classes. We encourage young people to explore, consider, analyse and create ideas of how to improve themselves both in and beyond lessons.

Spiritual Development in Music

Spiritual education is at the height of importance within the Music department. The premise of Music is to inspire students to achieve their best in a creative way; to develop confidence; and to develop their understanding of themselves.  The schemes of work are designed to develop one or all of the above aspects in order to develop student’s spiritual development.

Within the music department, teaching and learning and extra-curricular activities guides students to:

  • Respond and reflect on different genres and styles of music
  • Be able to explore the emotions listening and playing music can provoke
  • Use imagination when performing and composing


Moral Development in Music

Moral education in the music department is developed through teaching and learning and extra-curricular activities which guides students to:


  • Respect others through group work
  • Have respect for all genres of music
  • explore moral issues in music though the style of music history and listening


Social Development in Music

Social education in the Performing Arts department is a key focus, looking at how to develop the students into mature, confident, young adults. Every piece of written work completed within the Music department, looks at the social impact or development of different events, decisions or pieces of work. Within the music department, teaching and learning and extra-curricular activities guides students to:


  • experience in collaboration in performing and composing through  working in different sized groups
  • Work within as part of a school community through taking part in school concerts and shows
  • Perform outside of the school environment and interact with a variety of people as a result
  • be able to give feedback to others on the music they compose or perform


Cultural Development in Music

Cultural education in the Music department involves looking the cultural nuances in musical styles (i.e. instrumentation, rhythmic variation, etc.).Within the music department, teaching and learning and extra-curricular activities guides students to:


- Have an appreciation of a wide variety of music from around the world and the UK

  • Have respect for a diversity of music through studying different styles of music
  • Understand the different musical heritages of the music they perform and listen to
  • Understand different jobs and roles within the music industry
  • Have the opportunity to go to the theatre or a concert
  • music
  • students playing keyboard
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