Music is important, both as part of each individual’s artistic development and as a GCSE subject in its own right. Pupils in Years 7-9 study a wide range of topics and styles of music, developing on skills learned previously and also using a variety of instruments.
A team of 8 visiting instrumental teachers provides extra music tuition on instruments such as Brass, Strings, Woodwind, Percussion, Guitar, Voice, Keyboard and Piano. There are several flourishing music groups including a Senior Girls Choir, Junior Choir, Instrumental Ensemble, Guitar Group and a String Group. These groups perform both in College and at local theatres and churches. An annual show, termly concerts and the College Carol Service provide opportunities for students to perform both on and off stage. Each year group is given the opportunity to see both local and West End Productions and recent trips include, Billy Elliott, Joseph, The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. We regularly hold music workshops for Key Stage 3, such as Samba, African Drumming and Capoeira.
A well-equipped purpose-built music suite including practice rooms, a large peripatetic teaching room, computers with Sibelius, Musition, Auralia and Cubase and newly purchased i-pads provide excellent facilities for the Music Department.
Years 7, 8 and 9 (Key Stage 3)
Key Stage 3 students are offered a broad and balanced curriculum, learning and developing the skills of performance, composition and listening and appraising, through termly topics. These cover a variety of world music, Jazz, Blues, Pop, Rock and Dance music, as well as Classical Music.
Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4)
GCSE Music is offered to students as a twilight course, running after school for a year with the examination taken in Year 10. This is offered to students who are established musicians and who show the aptitude and commitment to complete a GCSE after school.
Qualifications which may be obtained at Key Stage 4
The Music Department staff
- Mrs R Runnells – Head of Music