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Introducing Crofton Academy Music on SoundCloud


This term at Crofton Academy we have chosen to embrace a long standing music publishing and social media format called SoundCloud.  Here we wish to showcase and celebrate our talented young Composers, Instrumentalists, Vocalists and Music Technologists.  SoundCloud allows us to publish and share work, comment in real time and invite industry professionals to do likewise. We do hope you enjoy listening to our pupils work.



Special Commendations


Tom Kirby Grade 5 Drum Set – Distinction


Daniel Davies Grade 5 Piano – Distinction


Mia Hirst is due to take her Grade 5 Vocal in the summer. We wish her luck!


MUSIC FOR VIDEO GAMES


This year we introduced a brand new unit of work to our Year 9 curriculum called ‘Music for Video Games’. The video game industry generated $74 billion in sales during 2015 alone and offers countless opportunities for pupils who are interested in pursuing future careers in the music industry.  During this unit our pupils have engaged in Listening and Appraising, Composition and Performance tasks that were centered on Video Games and their Music.


When writing this Unit we approached two industry professionals, the Composer Jason Graves and Sound Designer Matt Bowder (the Unfinished) who both agreed to help us out.   Jason Graves is a US based, BAFTA winning composer who works in the Film, Television and Video Game industry. His game credits include Tomb Raider, Dead Space, EVOLVE and FAR CRY Primal among countless others. Jason is very open about what he does and shares lots of interesting and valuable resources about composing music for the Video Game industry. We were able to build a unit of work for our Year 9 pupils that was both relevant and engaging and   I was delighted that after approaching Jason through Twitter, he agreed to get involved in our project. Not only did he agree to listen and comment on the pupils work but during the unit, our Year 9 pupils posed several questions to Jason about the music, the process and the Video Game industry. TO READ JASON’S RESPONSE CLICK HERE.


You can find a detailed synopsis and recordings of our pupils’ compositions and performances at:  soundcloud.com/croftonacademy

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