Our Music Department has one foot in both camps – straddling both the academic and vocational areas of the curriculum, providing pupils with the skills necessary to access the highest level of qualification.
The Music Department has 4 specialist classrooms with 3 practice rooms and a recording studio.
The Department has 25 Apple iMac computers running Logic and Sibelius. These are used in BTEC, GCSE, AS and A level Music and Music Technology lessons as well as some Key Stage 3 lessons whenever they are available.
The Academy employs a team of expert tutors and professional musicians to deliver instrumental teaching alongside our own staff specialist areas. Most students are taught individually or in small groups on a weekly basis. Lessons are available on strings, woodwind and brass instruments, as well as guitar, bass, keyboard, piano, voice and drums. The Academy subsidises instrument lessons for aptitude students or those pupils taking a KS4/5 course in Music and requests a contribution of only £50 per term for other students. A commitment to practise for performances and attend rehearsals regularly is essential.
In the academic year 2018-19 the department maintained 100% pass rate for all instrumental/vocal and theory exams.
There is a thriving programme of extra -curricular music in the academy. Ensembles meet on a regular basis to rehearse. Groups include, Orchestra, Guitar Group, Jazz Band and KS3 Choir.
The Academy’s annual Musical production is held in the Spring Term. Recent shows have included:
George Salter Academy can provide 20 places per year for students who have an aptitude for Music, Dance or Drama.
Mrs K Daune (Acting Head of Department), e-mail: [email protected]