"AFTER SILENCE, THAT WHICH COMES NEAREST TO EXPRESSING THE INEXPRESSIBLE IS MUSIC"
The music staff and visiting music tutors at Huish Episcopi Academy are enthusiastic professionals who continually strive to provide Huish students with the best possible music education. The Huish Music Department offers a broad range of instrumental and vocal tuition as well as running an extensive extracurricular programme that every student can fulfil their musical potential.
The Huish music department offers a range of Extracurricular activities available to both students and staff. For example, Key Stage 3 and Senior Choir, Junior and Senior Orchestra and Jazz band. These ensembles regularly perform, within and beyond the Academy and have taken part in numerous community events and festivals. The Music Department also holds a weekly student-led, live-lunch performance which often has audiences of 100 students or more attend!
The Music Department also work closely with the drama department to produce whole school Musicals which include the most recent 'Return to the forbidden planet (2020) and Joseph and his Technicolor Dream coat. (2018.)
All students at Huish Academy can access instrumental and vocal lessons through the school. We have a range of tutors offering lessons in Brass, woodwind, percussion, and strings. Lessons in keyboard/piano, the guitar is also provided, in addition to an alternative rock school syllabus.
Music is taught to all pupils in years 7, 8 and 9, with one set pathway to mastery with continuous development and reflection of music theory and practical skill. All pupils work through a set of exciting mastery challenges that ultimately lead to being able to perform and compose independently using staff notation. The pupils finish year 9 with a 3-year portfolio of music skills equivalent to grade 1 performance and theory. All pupils explore the world of music through various practical sessions with the Huish music staff and visiting musicians and workshop leaders.
AQA GCSE Music
The GCSE course allows students development in performance and composition while exploring their understanding of a range of styles of music. They also develop their music technology skills to help in the composition process. The specification here: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/music/gcse/music-8271
BTEC First Award in Music
This course follows the Edexcel Music BTEC First Award specification.
The course is highly practical and aimed at students who love the performance, and enthusiasm for Music Technology, and a keen interest in the workings of the music industry. At Key Stage 4, Huish students learn how to operate Logic Pro, Ableton and Sibelius. The students have access to a recording studio. The BTEC Music students present a range of live performances throughout the Academic year as part of a music company.