Upper School - Music
The music department aims to foster pupil’s knowledge, understanding, skill and most important enjoyment of music, through performing, composing and listening. Individual interests and aptitudes can be encouraged due to the size of the teaching groups, ensuring the pupils can work to their full potential. A very broad musical curriculum is covered including Reggae, Rock’n’Roll, film music, minimalism, rondo and song form and music is offered as a GCSE subject, following the Edexcel course.
The school has a strong vocal tradition. Years 6, 7, 8, and 9 have a timetabled choir session which provides an excellent opportunity to develop the pupil’s confidence, express their creativity and develop a range of skills while being involved as part of a group.
Whilst the pupils are offered a varied curriculum in the classroom they are also encouraged to take part in extra-curricular activities. All pupils are offered the opportunity to have instrumental or singing lessons and the school has a number of instrumental specialists visiting on a weekly basis.
Pupils are encouraged to take part in a number of extra-curricular activities designed to extend and develop their musical experience and skills. Pupils may attended Chamber Choir, Instrumental Ensemble, Song-writing club, Composition groups, Theory classes and Musicianship classes. Once again, individual interests and talents are taken into consideration when organising extension activities.
The music department has two classrooms which are used for class music teaching and a practice room which is used for instrumental teaching and rehearsing. The Drama Studio, the Summer Marquee and St Margaret’s Church are also used during the school year for concerts and rehearsals.
The pupils are given the opportunity to perform at events throughout the year including the annual prize-giving and Carol Service both held at St Margaret’s Church, a chamber music concert, school productions and all pupils are given the opportunity to perform in informal concerts.
For more details please visit the Music page in our emagazine.