By Jason Haggett, Lead Teacher for Music; IVC
It is very difficult to imagine what the students of 1939 would make of Music at IVC in 2014. Their studies would have been very traditional and those that studied Music to a higher level would have been a very small and select group mostly from backgrounds that could afford instruments, private tuition and the cost of appreciating live performances.
In 2014, with the digital revolution in full affect, music has a much greater impact on the everyday life of students. The internet and ubiquitous mp3 device has made access to and appreciation of music much more democratic. Youtube allows students to watch other performers and learn from them online. This encourages students to explore and exploit their musical ability. Alongside the more traditional instrumentation we have music technology, rapping, beat-boxing and dj-ing. All of this greater access to music leads us to the Yr11 Music GCSE group in 2014 being around 30% of their cohort and to music making being an activity enjoyed throughout the school community and wider.
The recording is a mix of the typical styles of music and performances that take part every day in the Music department both in and out of the classroom, combined with more formal recitals, concerts and gigs. It also contains a selection of the type of work that students complete for their GCSE, GCE and IB studies and as such is a really good representation of Music at IVC in 2014. I wonder what students will make of it 25, 50 , 75 and even a 100 years’ time!