Music Department


Team Leader:

Zoe Western zoe.western@bridgend.gov.uk


Team Members:

Andrea Stockton (Head Of Topaz College)

Robin Morgan


Peripatetic Teachers:

Alison Evans – Upper Strings

Geraint Evans – Lower Strings

Sarah Jones – Brass

Llinos Jones – Woodwind

Huw Griffiths – Drums/Percussion

Dave Jefferies – Guitar

Mike Plowman – Vocal


 

Subjects Offered: 

At GCSE We Offer:

  • KS3 Music
  • GCSE Music WJEC
  • BTEC First Level 2 Edexcel Music – Certificate of Music
  • BTEC First Level 2 Edexcel Music – Extended Certificate in Music
  • BTEC National Level 3 Edexcel Music – Subsidiary Diploma/Performing
  • BTEC National Level 3 Edexcel Music – Diploma

Extra-curricular Activities:

2012 saw us starting a new chapter, with the school production “We Will Rock You” being performed in the Sony Theatre at Bridgend College.  This production proved to be of tremendous benefit to their personal development and a massive confidence boost.

All students have the opportunity to learn to sing and play musical instruments.

Music continues to grow in popularity with the choir and various ensembles including rock bands, performing regularly both at school and within the community.

We have a high-proportion of extra-curricular activities including Choir, Brass Ensemble, String Ensemble and Woodwind Ensemble which all perform in concerts as well as school productions. We are always looking to start new clubs where the interest lies, from Guitar Group to Band Practice.

Successes And Reasons For Choosing This Subject:

The Department is open to students who want to develop their musical interests.

Our students’ consistently attain a higher than average grade in music and indeed our last year  (2012/13) GCSE, BTEC levels 2 and 3 and “A” Level cohort achieved an outstanding 100% A*- C.

We have a department that is full to the brim with state of the art technology, including 14 Macbook Pro’s running the latest recording and sequencing software, a purpose built recording studio and 3 fully equipped jam pods.

The Music Department aims to offer every student the opportunity to explore their musical creativity through a range of practical activities.

Covering a wide range of musical styles, we introduce students to new genres as well as enabling them to understand music they already enjoy in more depth.  We encourage creativity in music and identify musical ability regardless of previous experience.  The lesson activities are designed to challenge all to feel a sense of achievement in music.

We welcome students who have already been learning instruments at primary school as well as those who would like to start to learn a new instrument.  Many of our students take music examinations as part of their instrumental lessons which can also lead to UCAS points when applying for University.