The Music Department is responsible for the teaching and learning of music from Foundation to Year 13.
The department strives to enable all children to enjoy and benefit from music making, and practical work forms the basis of our programme. All children from Year 3 onwards learn a musical instrument, and the following areas of music are covered, in line with the English National Curriculum:
1. Listening and appraising
An extensive programme of co-curricular activities is provided in which students may extend and develop specific musical skills and interests, including a comprehensive programme of instrumental and vocal tuition.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) GCSE
We offer the Edexcel GCSE course in Music. This focuses on four Areas of Study: Western Classical Music, Popular Music, Music in the 20th Century and World Music. Within these areas three set works are studied in depth. Students are also required to submit two compositions and two performances (one solo and one ensemble).
All GCSE students are expected to take an active role in school musical activities, and they should have individual tuition on at least one instrument.
IB Music (Higher and Standard Levels)
This is a broad and demanding course in which students study and analyse a wide range of musical styles, including popular, classical and world music genres. Higher Level students submit solo performances and compositions, and Standard Level students choose either of these two components.
Students are encouraged to develop their own musical skills and interests, as the course allows them to devise their own programme of performance and compose in a largely individual style. Music technology is an optional component for both performance and composition.
There is a wide range of higher education courses in music. For those students who are considering embarking on a career in music performance, both universities and music colleges offer performance courses.
In addition, many university degrees carry a performance component. There are also courses in popular music, jazz and music technology.