Music provides a wonderful opportunity for self-expression at UBHS and helps to build learners technical performance skills as well as creativity. A wide range of topics are covered at KS3, from basic Singing, Keyboard and Instrumental skills in year 7 to African Drumming, The Blues and Film Music in year 8. The history of one of society’s most popular art-forms is explored to ensure that the context beyond the art is embedded.
Outside of lesson time there are opportunities to engage in musical activities such as extra-curricular instrumental lessons, music club, school radio and performances in a variety of school and non-school events. Starting Autumn 2018 groups of learners are learning the skills required to create a podcast or radio show using specialist technical equipment, gaining an Arts Award in the process, through Huddersfield Contemporary Music Society. This provides a fantastic platform to see how music is an integrated part of everyday life and develops team-building skills in addition to specialised knowledge.