On the 10th of March 2016, a group of students became reporters for the day and interviewed teachers and pupils to celebrate the schools community work, their House music competition, their deaf department as well as their new 3G sports pitch.
Rosie Weatherley from the music department enthuses: “We were running the House music tutorials as a scheme of work with Year 7, with a competition to feature on a CD at the end. Well, its working really well and theres a real buzz around the school about the competition. Were also singing with each class and are recording a house remix of Adeles Hello which will feature on the CD.”
In the report we got to hear from Year 7 pupils taking part in their competition, where 20 of the best tracks made in VIP were to be featured on a schools compilation CD.
Asked when he got into House music one student said When Miss Weatherly noticed there was a competition going on I thought Id try getting in it because getting your song published is a really good thing and Im really competitive.
Students were asked how they felt about doing House music instead of more traditional types of music, and whether they thought it was important that the curriculum stayed up to date with new genres: one young woman said Its very important, everyone needs to know what the modern music is because a lot of people dont really like old music.
Another student felt that some more traditional music wasnt really relevant to them, not being today’s music. He said VIP will be good for us when we are older helping to make music like what he hears on the radio, which he said was “more like Kanye West”.
They were asked if they find it easy to use the programme Some steps are complicated and some steps are alright, and you can do it quite easily. Others said they enjoyed it a lot, especially doing it in music lessons.
When asked for a favourite song in the genre one student said Yeah I like Misss remix of Adele which she made using VIP.
VIP Studio Sessions makes teaching new music genres easy:
It has a built-in online studio that allows students to save work and even continue working online from home computers
The step-by-step guides make learning music production in the classroom possible
It covers a range of new music skills from building beats, chords and basslines through to writing lyrics and arranging tracks
If you haven’t already seen what VIP can do click here for a free 30-day trial.
If you haven’t seen the report do check it out by clicking the clip below: