Music is a key component of the Brentford curriculum, giving our girls the opportunity to learn instruments, explore the music of different cultures, and develop their memory, motor, social, expressive, listening and literacy skills. They experience a range of Music styles through singing, instrumental work, group and solo performing, and composing.
All girls in Year 7 get the opportunity to learn to play at least one musical instrument during lesson time. The majority of this year’s cohort have:
- learned to play basic chords and a simple strumming pattern on the ukulele, so they can accompany themselves and others while singing their favourite songs;
- developed their notation-reading skills while learning to play Celtic music on the penny-whistle;
- sung as an ensemble in 2- then 3-part harmony; and
- gained basic keyboard skills, helping to develop their notation work further
7B have been lucky enough to take part in the Hounslow Music Service Band Project instead, during which they have learned to play a trumpet, baritone horn or clarinet.
In Year 8 the girls use the skills gained in Year 7 to help develop their ensemble performing and composing work. This year we have composed popular songs in our Song Writing project (key instrument of choice? Ukulele, of course!); discovered the origins and musical features of the Blues, whilst creating our own Blues songs and instrumental music; and, as summer arrives, taken advantage of our brand new BSfG samba kit to recreate the delights of Brazilian carnival music
Year 9 is the culmination of the girls’ hard work during KS3, where the girls start working on their own solo performances and compositions, in preparation for Music at KS4.
Coming soon: Rockschool Level 2 Certificate in Performance.
This is a vocational qualification that is highly regarded by sixth form colleges and universities alike.
Girls learn to understand the theory and context of the music they enjoy performing and develop rehearsal and performance skills on their instrument(s), with the opportunity to use their skills in composing too. All students will be involved in the planning of their own live showcase.
The extra-curricular side of the department is growing year-on-year. Our current ensembles include Samba Band, Ukulele Orchestra, Guitar Club (for beginners and advanced players), Choir and Recorder Group, but we are always expanding, so keep an eye out for new groups!
We are always looking to give our girls the opportunity to perform to friends and family. Our annual Christmas Extravaganza, is followed by various other opportunities including the Summer Fayre, Summer Showcase, and a variety of informal shows during the school day.
We also offer peripatetic instrument lessons, provided by tutors from Hounslow Music Service. Currently this includes singing, piano and guitar lessons.