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- Drama / Performing Arts
- Progress Centre
- Modern Foreign Languages
Year 7 students to start at 8.30am. Year 8 - 11 students to start at 9.30am.
Year 7 students to start at 8.30am.
Year 8 – 11 students to start at 9.30am.
All Day (Tuesday)
Watery Lane, Merton, London SW20 9AD
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The Music programme at Rutlish delivers a broad curriculum of music from a range of historical and cultural perspectives. Students are invited to open their minds to new genres of music and explore them using a broad range of vocabulary. They are exposed to new instruments and traditions, both live and recorded. By broadening horizons, students develop their musical interests, passions and opinions.
We have an extensive instrumental programme and boys can opt to have piano lessons, strings, guitar (lead, bass and acoustic) drums, brass and woodwind. Our tutors are professional musicians themselves and the boys have either 20 or 30mins lessons which are during the school day.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 students experience music through performing, composing and listening. Topics include reggae, blues, folk, hip-hop, film music and the orchestra to name a few. Performances in lessons focus on keyboard and ukulele skills. Outside of lessons, musical opportunities at Rutlish are fast growing, with students able to take advantage of a range of clubs and projects.
The course consists of three areas;
Performing (2 pieces) solo and ensemble worth 30%
Composition ( creating two pieces, one free choice and one a set piece from the exam board) 30% of the final mark
Listening and Appraising 40% of the final mark)
The music qualification enables us to teach engaging content through the context of our new areas of study and set works. It includes four areas of study, each containing two set works which support the teaching of musical elements, musical contexts and musical language through specific pieces of music, across the different areas of study. The course shows real examples of how key musical content is used within specific pieces of music. It allows students to learn in-depth appraising skills in preparation for their assessments.
Area of Study – Set Works
J.S. Bach: 3rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D major
L. van Beethoven: 1st Movement from Piano Sonata no. 8 in C minor ‘Pathétique’
H. Purcell: Music for a While
Queen: Killer Queen (from the album ‘Sheer Heart Attack’)
Music for Stage and Screen
S. Schwartz: Defying Gravity (from the album of the cast recording of Wicked)
J. Williams: Main title/rebel blockade runner (from the soundtrack to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)
Fusions Afro Celt Sound System: Release (from the album ‘Volume 2: Release’)
Esperanza Spalding: Samba Em Preludio (from the album ‘Esperanza’)
In the past year, Rutlish students have starred on stages across the UK including:
- Awarded the Merton Music Mark 2018 in recognition of outstanding music provision
- Battle of the BAND Winners 2018
- Performances at Gignight- Wimbledon Bookfest, Old Ruts. Putney High, Wimbledon High and St. Mary’s Church, Jack Petchey Awards and Ricards Summer Sound Festival
- Two concerts a year including; #Boyscansing #Nofilter, #Inunison with visiting bands and guest artists
- Visiting professionals in assemblies to support our young musicians. Including Gabe Kuanga from the US, Steve Bradford Jazz musician, Sheya Lily BBRIT School MMF percussion workshops
- Coming first in a national song-writing competition
- Christmas carolling in the community
We have also reformed a parent band, No Refunds, who have performed at various events
Enrichment and enhancement activities
- School Band
- Music Tech Club
- KS4 Theory lessons
- Instrumental lessons
- Ukulele Club
- A Recital for every year group
- Summer Concert
- Trips to live performances including Stomp
- Rap and Vocal Workshops
Performance opportunities within school include assemblies, open evenings, and individual Year Group recitals as well as larger events such as the Carol Service, William Rutlish Commemoration Service, Christmas carolling in the community and the Summer Concert. Students are also encouraged to join groups outside school, such as those organised by Cherry Pie Music Foundation, Merton Music Foundation and national groups such as the National Children’s Orchestra.
Ms D Steele Lead