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The Music School is a vibrant place with a real buzz to it. In addition to the lessons that take place here, the School is always busy with pupils rehearsing for the varied timetable of musical events that take place each term. Music remains one of the most visible subject areas in the School, with live performances by pupils for pupils and staff taking place on a weekly basis in whole school assemblies. There are many concerts and competitions taking place each term, and ample opportunities for pupils to develop both their creative and performing skills.
KS3 pupils enjoy one fifty minute period of music a week. In Year 7 the focus is very much on honing rhythm and notation skills, through composing and performing in class. In Year 8 improvisation is our focus, and a variety of styles are examined through which live improvisation can take place. This is alongside composing and arranging utilising music technology. At Year 9 pupils are introduced to manipulating notation, performing in small groups and exploring how music enhances everyday life through music and media. Music’s role in society as an entertainment, and the benefits of music, are discussed alongside its commercial worth and what careers involve music. Creative work is explored through composing original film music and using music technology to further expand creative skills.
GCSE music consists of three discreet areas of music: performing, composing and listening. The course is studied over three lessons per week which are divided across the three disciplines. Pupils are expected to prepare performances for class as well as perform in public. They compose original music, choosing examples from four historical periods as their inspiration. Listening and analysis work covers twelve set pieces which they need to have studied and listened to intimately.
A Level music is a specialist study for those who have achieved high grades at GCSE and show a real flair for the subject. It is a very academic study involving large amounts of theory and analysis skills, used to deconstruct set pieces so that a better understanding of their form and structure, alongside historical influences, can be acquired. Performance at A Level involves a live recital to a visiting examiner of pieces from a chosen style, followed by a discussion with the examiner about the background of the music chosen. Composition will be for a large ensemble and will require understanding transposing instruments along with knowledge of their pitch range and limitations. Six lessons per week are available for this and much private study and practice is expected to support your study.
Instrumental and Voice Lessons
Specialist music tuition is available in a range of instruments as well as voice, with many pupils achieving excellent exam results.
There are a wide array of activities and ensembles for pupils to get involved in including the Senior School choir, orchestra, rock band, jazz band, guitar ensemble, wind ensemble and brass ensemble, performing as a soloist and taking part in the large-scale musical productions. A detailed list of opportunities are available on our Performing Arts page.