STM music department
Music plays a central role to life at St Thomas More and the music department is an extremely active one. At Key Stage 3, students have one music lesson every week in which they learn a wide variety of musical skills that will last them a life time. Music lessons give the students at key stage 3 the opportunity to develop their listening, performing, and compositional skills through studying various genres of music. Recent projects completed by Key Stage 3 music students include creating, performing, and recording their own radio advertisement complete with voice-over, underscore, and jingle! The aim of Key Stage 3 music is to introduce students to the seven elements of music (rhythm, pitch, melody, dynamics, form, timbre, and tempo), and to continually develop and improve their musical literacy skills through the study of engaging and exciting musical genres. Music is also offered to GCSE level at St Thomas More and is becoming an increasingly popular option for students. GCSE music allows students the opportunity to engage with music from a variety of genres, while all the time focusing on their performing and composing skills.
There are many opportunities for students to showcase their musical talents, with four extra-curricular music clubs running at lunchtimes during the week. These include the school choir, the school vocal group, the school orchestra, and the jazz ensemble. Students also have the opportunity to perform in concerts, with the Christmas and summer concerts being the highlight of the musical year in St Thomas More. Students who are keen instrumental players also have the opportunity to play at Mass, at weekly assemblies and at a variety of extra events every year. For the students who are keen to learn and improve on their instrument, we have instrumental teachers who offer lessons to students in piano, singing, guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, drums, and guitar.