In Years 7, 8 and 9 at Pen Y Dre, all pupils receive one 1 hour lesson of music each week. They pursue a course which will encourage them to enjoy, appreciate and participate in music in the years ahead. The Music Department at PenYDre has a strong emphasis on practical work which includes instrumental playing, singing and composing. Pupils also develop listening and aural skills as they learn to appreciate music from a wide range of styles and from different cultural traditions. The work they study at KS3 prepares them for GCSE if they choose to opt for the subject in year 10. At Key Stage 4 pupils are given the opportunity to study music at GCSE level where they follow the EDEXCEL Specifications.
There is a large selection of keyboards, bass, electric and acoustic guitars and percussion instruments available for classroom use and the department also has several computers which are used for composing and music technology at Key Stage 4.
We are lucky at Pen Y Dre to have a strong tradition of instrumental teaching and we have five visiting peripatetic staff giving pupils the opportunity to learn individual instruments in addition to their weekly classroom based lessons: Brass, Woodwind, Strings, Percussion and Guitar.
Pupils are also encouraged to take part in a number of extra curricular activities that are offered. These include Choir, Orchestra, and various bands. The school holds annual Christmas and Summer Concerts as well as involvement in events throughout the year such as the School Eisteddfod.