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The Belvedere Academy

Music

 

 

At the Belvedere Academy, we aim to make Music an enjoyable learning experience. We have designed a Music curriculum which enables our pupils to make more music, think more musically and become better musicians, regardless of background, ability or prior experience. Pupils will enjoy a wide range of musical topics throughout their time in Belvedere, such as Finding my Voice, to Rhythm, Keyboard Skills, Guitar Skills, Film Music, Blues, Classical Music and much, much more. Making music lies at the heart of every lesson and our curriculum has been carefully sequenced to allow for the progression of technical skills on keyboard and guitar, as well as constructive and expressive understanding of music through composing, performing and listening. Pupils will gain a thirst for Music and hopefully experience the many wonderful opportunities available to them through our extensive Music Enrichment Programme.  

The Belvedere Academy has an excellent reputation for Music and the provision is set within the crucial wider educational context so that non-specialist and specialist musicians can benefit from a comprehensive range of Enrichment activities, excellent instrumental teachers and visiting artists, and access to great facilities. Our aim is to enable pupils to realise their musical aspirations; pupils are open to extraordinary performance opportunities, which include numerous high-profile concerts each year and regular tours within the UK and overseas. Pupils from Belvedere have gone on to enrol at top music colleges across the country, such as the Royal Northern Academy of Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as well as top universities such as Durham. 

In 2019, The Belvedere Academy Music Department won, “Outstanding Music Department UK” at the prestigious National Music Education Awards.  From September 2021, the academy will adopt Music as its principal specialism and this will ensure that the department will continue to flourish for years to come.  We live by our academy vision, “Be Brave. Be Bold. Be Belvedere”.

The Belvedere Academy has an excellent reputation for Music and the provision is set within the crucial wider educational context so that pupils can benefit from a comprehensive range of Enrichment activities, excellent instrumental teachers, visiting artists and access to great facilities. Our aim is to enable pupils to realise their musical aspirations; pupils are open to extraordinary performance opportunities, which include numerous high-profile concerts each year and regular tours within the UK and overseas. Pupils from Belvedere have gone on to enrol at top music colleges across the country, such as the Royal Northern Academy of Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as well as top universities such as Durham.

The Department

Where do I begin?  Blink and you’ll miss it!  The Music Department is 100 miles an hour, 25 hours a day, 8 days a week!  A strange and wondrous place,  where the air is filled to the brim with an eclectic cacophony of sounds - on certain days, you can even hear the printer ‘jamming’!  Sorry.   Enter if you dare?

In every nook and cranny of our department you can always hear weird and wonderful noises emanating from the various rooms; whether it's a brand new shiny Year 7 practising her favourite pop song, or an ancient Year 13 A Level musician, performing Bach studies from one of our five newly refurbished rehearsal rooms! Delve a little deeper and you might see and hear our 40 pupil-strong Orchestra rehearsing for their next concert, or our prize-winning Chamber Choir rehearsing for their upcoming tour to France! The department is a second home for many of our pupils and they really do rule the roost! Your teachers Mr Deakin and Mrs Rimmer will make you feel immediately at home. That is, of course, if you can find them;  Mr Deakin can often be found in a rare quiet corner of the department, practising his piano skills, whilst Mrs Rimmer can often be found rehearsing for her Britain’s Got Talent audition that’s never going to happen. We don’t wish to sound like a broken ‘record’, and we have been known to blow our own ‘trumpet’ from time to time, but trust me; you can choose to start your musical journey from anywhere, but book your ticket with Belvedere, and watch how you travel to new musical heights!

Curriculum Related Expectations

Key Stage 3

KS3 Curriculum Overview - Music

 Key Stage 4

KS4 Curriculum Overview - Music

 Key Stage 5

KS5 Curriculum Overview - Music

 

Enrichment

Whole School Choir
Chamber Choir
Orchestra
Keyboard Club
Guitar Club
Violin Club


*Pupil-led enrichments are also available subject to discussion with the Music Department staff

Trips

Spring Concerts - ‘Awakening’, ‘This Shining Night’, ‘Night at the Movies’, ‘Reflections’, ‘Night at the Musicals’.

Academy Productions - ‘Oliver’, ‘Matilda’, ‘Mary Poppins’, 'Sister Act'.

The Belvedere Academy annual ‘Prize Giving’ and ‘Carol Concert’.

Other regular local concerts and events include - ‘Liverpool Light Night’, ‘Liverpool Echo Carol Service’, ‘The Educate Awards’.

Numerous excursions and educational trips to ‘The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall’, ‘The Empire Theatre’, ‘Liverpool University’ and much more.

Past tours include - Barcelona, Prague, Venice

Staffing

Mrs L. Calderbank - Curriculum Leader of Creative and Performing Arts, Head of Textiles and Art, Teacher of PSHE

Mrs M. Rimmer - Assistant Curriculum Leader of Creative and Performing Arts, Teacher of Music

Mr J. Deakin - Subject Leader of Music

 

Mr P. Athans - Brass Tutor

Ms A. Boggan - Clarinet and Saxophone Tutor

Mrs J. Cunningham - Singing Tutor

Miss H. Milne - Piano Tutor

Mrs D. Paiano - Violin Tutor

Mrs E. Pope - Flute Tutor

Mr S. Pope - Drums Tutor

Ms K. Smith - Singing Tutor

Mr R. Smith - Guitar Tutor

 

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