Music - Movilla


  • Mr S Leathem

Departmental Aims

  • To maintain and stimulate pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in music.
  • To enable pupils to be familiar with and confident in a body of musical knowledge, principles, skills and vocabulary.
  • To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all pupils (irrespective of their gender or academic ability) to have equal access to music and to experience success and enjoyment in their music work.


The Music Department comprises a main teaching room with  practice facilities and is situated in the Main Administrative block, the bulk of musical activities taking place in Music Room 1. There is also access to a large practice facility ‘Band Room’ which is given over to instrumental tuition and as a rehearsal space for Music Ensembles. Each teaching room is equipped with percussion trolleys, pianos, guitars (acoustic, electric and bass), Hi-Fi equipment and keyboards. Recent additions of digital drum machines, PCs and multi-tracking equipment, DJ sound equipment and supporting sequencing and notation software now make the Department well placed to cope with music technology in the 21st century.


Years 8 - 10

Music is a compulsory subject 

Years 11 -12

Music is an Option Choice for GCSE pupils with option to study:

GCSE Performing Arts ( Level 2 Vocational GCSE)
GCSE Music ( Level 2 Applied GCSE)

Extra Curricular Provision

Pupils are encouraged to view the enrichment and extra-curricular activities of the Department as a platform where their skills, learned in class, can be extended and widened in a more relaxed and informal atmosphere. They are encouraged to see that a lot of fun and pleasure can be gained for themselves from participating with others while at the same time, giving great pleasure to an audience.

Movilla High School Music Department, at present offers the following to pupils:

 Staffed By
 Choir  Mr I Bell & Mrs C Howell
 Musical Society  Mr I Bell, Mrs C Howell & staff team
 Keyboard Club  Mrs E Laird
 Singstar Club  Mrs C Howell




All pupils are encouraged to take an interest in joining the choir. Choir rehearsals take place in Music Room 1 from 8.45 in the morning, at Break times and (nearer performance times) after school from 3.15 – 4.00 pm

The choir often take part in the school’s annual Achievement Evening, the Musical Society productions and the Carol Services. Additionally a number of invitation performances at Christmas are undertaken, as are visits to disadvantaged and retirement groups and clubs.

Musical Society

  • The Musical Society (formed in 1992) aims to train pupils in all aspects of staging a Musical production. 
  • They receive tuition in vocal technique, drama, dance, stage management, back stage work, make-up application, lighting techniques and construction of scenery and back drops. 
  • Co-operation of other members of staff is paramount in the continuing success of the Society. 
  • Outside technical support is also valuable experience for pupils. 
  • The Society aim to produce a fully staged musical every 2 years, with minor productions/concerts during the year.
  • Previous Productions have included “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Anything Goes”, “Oliver”, “Grease”, “High School Musical”, “Cinderalla” (Pantomime) and “Annie”.
  • The Musical Society will be presenting the rock musical “Honk !” based on the story of the Ugly Duckling in February 2019

Instrumental Lessons

  • Lessons are provided during school parental request by professional staff if sufficient pupil numbers make the provision viable. 
  • Pupils are entered for Graded exams by the various Awarding Authorities (ABRSM, Trinity, Rock School etc.)


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