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Music DepartmentThe Music Department aims to offer every student the opportunity to explore their musical creativity through a range of practical activities, including performing, composing and listening. 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. Students learn to use a variety of musical instruments during lessons, including the keyboards, singing, djembe drums, boom whackers and percussion. In addition students are encouraged to play their own instruments, if they have them, as part of their classroom music learning. We encourage creativity in music and identify musical ability regardless of previous experience. At Finham Park we encounter students who have virtually no musical experience as well as those who have the ability to become professional musicians. Our lessons and activities are designed to challenge all to feel a sense of achievement in music. Group work is a common part of our lessons and students are also encouraged to develop team working skills.

Curriculum
Year 7 have Music lessons on a 10 week rotation, in years 8 students have 1 lesson a fortnight and in year 9 one a week. Topics covered during Key Stage 3 include: notation and keyboard skills, melody writing, singing, African drumming, reggae, the blues, film Music, theme/variation and song writing. Students can choose GCSE Music in Years 10 and 11, studying the Edexcel syllabus which involves performing, composing and listening to classical, world and popular music. A-Level music is offered as part of the Coventry Schools South West Federation on a rotational basis (students travel to the host school for lessons) and is currently being offered by Finham Park from 2010-12.

Extra Curricular Activities
At Finham Park we offer a range of musical extra curricular activities to enhance our student's musical experiences. The following ensembles are all run by the school:
Guitar Ensemble
Windband
String Group
Glee Club
Soul Band
Rock Nights
School Show

There are given several opportunities to perform during the year as part of these groups as well as in small ensembles and as soloists. Performance opportunities include: Festive Concert in December, Rock Nights, A-Level & GCSE Concert, Shine Week and the School Show as well as in various school assemblies. Last year two Finham bands performed in the 'National Rock and Pop Festival' at Birmingham Town Hall.

In addition to these performance groups we also run Music Theory classes. Regular trips are organised to concerts, these include the CBSO at Symphony Hall for gifted and talented students in KS3 and GCSE/A-level students. We also run an annual trip to see a major West End Show in London for students in Years 9 and above, previous shows have included 'Wicked' and 'Sister Act'.

Instrumental Lessons
Instrumental tuition is available on the following instruments:

FluteViolinTrumpet/CornetDrumkit
ClarinetViolaFrench/Tenor HornDhol
SaxophoneCelloTromboneElectric Guitar
OboeDouble BassTubaClassical Guitar
BassoonPiano/KeyboardEuphoniumAcoustic Guitar
RecorderSingingPercussionBass Guitar

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. The Coventry Performing Arts Service provides our instrumental tuition and we are lucky to have instrumental teachers of the highest quality at Finham Park. Many of our students take music examinations as part of their instrumental lessons (this is optional) which can also lead to UCAS points when applying for University.