Mrs K Walden : Subject Leader of Music

Mrs K Walden

Subject Leader of Music

The Team

Mr J Garratt – Teacher of Music

Introduction To The Department

Creativity, communication, culture, and community are at the heart of musical learning at St Romero’s. We are a great team who encourage our students to enjoy and achieve to be all that God has created them to be. As well as teaching, Mr Garratt has written music for a variety of projects for the stage and screen. He has worked for composers such as Will Gregory (Goldfrapp), Andy Keenan and the Welsh National Opera. Mrs Walden is an excellent pianist, singer, and an experienced teacher who has been at our school for ten years, and head of music for eight.

Our Music department is extensively resourced with two large well equipped music rooms, each with three practice rooms and Mac computers, running Garageband, Logic and Sibelius (industry standard Music software).

The department runs an expanding extra-curricular programme including Choir, Chamber Choir, Instrumental group, Soul Band and emerging rock and folk bands. Every year group has numerous performance opportunities throughout the year including Yr 7 choir at Worthing Sing Live, Yr 8 Ensemble Performance Assembly, Celebration of Christmas, Yr 7 choir concert, and all age Music Concerts each term.

We have an increasing number of Instrumental tutors who visit weekly from West Sussex Music, Sussex Academy of Music, and Independent Associate tutors. Instruments offered include flute, saxophone clarinet, trumpet, trombone, violin, cello, piano, keyboard, guitar, ukulele, voice and drum kit.

Our Music, Drama and Dance Departments collaborate in projects throughout the year with Christmas performances, School Production, and GCSE Art Exhibition.

Music is an important part of school liturgies and masses, supported by staff and student soloists and groups, to support our prayer and worship times together as a community. A highlight of the school calendar is our Annual Deanery Advent Service at Arundel Cathedral, which brings together choirs from each of our Deanery schools, supported by Romero musicians.

Key Stage 2 Information

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum focuses on developing students’ practical and creative skills, within the framework of the elements of music.

Students in Yr 7, 8 and 9 have one 50 minute lesson of music per week and follow a varied programme of study which balances playing, creating and analysis. Lessons are practical based covering genres including:

Year 7 – Foundations (rhythm and voice), Classroom Orchestra (keyboard ensembles and BBC Ten Pieces), and Go Global (Samba and ukulele), 

Year 8 – Chords and Ensemble performance, Song Structure (Blues and Pop), Music for stage and screen, Rock & Pop riffs.

Year 9 – Covers Bands (recording and sound production), Composers (Gaming, EDM and fusion), and The Music Industry.

St Romero’s has a unique element to the Year 7 curriculum. In addition to their lesson of class music, every year seven student has Choir timetabled into their weekly lesson schedule. Whatever their singing skill, experience or confidence, they sing together each week as half a year group, with both of our specialist Music staff leading and accompanying and encouraging all to have a great time!

Key Stage 4 Information

St Romero’s students who choose music beyond KS3 regularly achieve one grade higher in Music than in their other subjects. We offer two courses, enabling our students to play to their strengths, developing in performance, composing and analysis skills. Students who have opted for KS4 music study: 

Year 9 – Foundation year – performance confidence and skill, composing to a set brief (film music and pop songs), musical analysis and vocabulary using the elements of music. 

Year 10 & 11 – Students and Staff choose one of two courses according to their strengths. Learners study either Eduqas GCSE Music, or RSL Level 2 Music Practitioners. Eduqas Music follows a more traditional approach, with the analysis of two set works and unknown music, describing context and musical elements, and 60% coursework elements comprising performance and compositions. RSL offers a more flexible approach, with assignments including Musical Knowledge, Instrumental Performance, and an industry style performance audition video. 

KS4 students are also encouraged to experience musical performances in context at our yearly visits to the world renowned Royal Albert Hall in London and Glyndeborne Opera in Lewes.