All pupils will aim to complete the Level 2 certificate in either Performance or Technology & Composition by the end of Y11. There is the option to move onto the Level 1 Arts Award for any pupils struggling with the Level 2 qualification. All three qualification pathways are coursework based, there is no pressure of examinations.
How is the course assessed
Level 2 Rockschool - Graded at Pass/Merit/Distinction - A combination of Internally and externally assessed coursework units:
Level 1 Arts Award - Graded at Pass - 4 parts of a portfolio completed throughout Y10 & 11.
How can you support your child at home
It would be extremely beneficial for your child to have their chosen instrument available at home to refine their skills. Unfortunately the school does not have the resources to supply each pupil with an instrument so that they are able to practise at home. Most instruments can be sourced as cheap as £20 - £50 online and can be found even cheaper second hand.
Another valuable item for your child is a pair of over ear headphones. These are essential for practising instruments and using music technology to record any compositions they create (iPad's, PC's, Mixing Desk's).
For further advice on purchasing an instrument/pair of over ear headphones to aid your child’s learning, please contact Mr Sullivan on Class Dojo or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
JB Records - James Brindley Academy's own official record label. All three teaching centres are now setup with professional quality studio spaces, where learners can produce high quality records. Original records can also be released on all major streaming/download sites.
Talent Competitions - There will be opportunities throughout the year for pupils to take part in a variety of talent competitions; song/lyric writing, artwork, music production.
End of Term Performances - At the end of each term, pupils will be able to take part in group/solo performances in front of an audience.
Break/Lunchtime Club - Access the music room will be available at break and lunch to practise.
Singing Group - As part of our well-being offer, pupils will be able to join a singing group during well-being time.
DJ Skills - Another well-being offer, pupils will learn how to mix and perform songs using DJ equipment.