The main aim of our Music Department is to develop students’ competence as learners and to increase their self-esteem. We aim to encourage active involvement in different forms of music-making, both individual and communal, helping to develop a sense of group identity and togetherness. We have developed a programme of study across all Key Stages that encourages our learners to appreciate a wide variety of music, and to make judgements about musical quality. We provide a curriculum that not only enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development but also increases self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment for all students.
In Years 7-9, Key Stage 3 students develop their knowledge, skills and understanding through the integration of performing, composing and listening. Following the National Curriculum of England, we ensure our students build the necessary skills across these three areas (performing, composing and listening). Students explore how ideas, experiences and emotions are conveyed in a range of music from different times and cultures. This includes analysing music and exploring how thoughts, feelings, ideas and emotions can be expressed through music. In Key Stage 4, students in Years 10 and 11 follow the Cambridge IGCSE Music syllabus. Students studying Cambridge IGCSE Music are given the opportunity to develop their skills in performing and composing music. Students listen to and learn about music from a wide range of historical periods and major world cultures. At Key Stage 5 we deliver the IB Music involving aspects of the composition, performance and critical analysis of music, the course exposes students to forms, styles and functions of music from a wide range of historical and socio-cultural contexts. Through the IBDP Music course students develop their knowledge and potential as musicians, both personally and collaboratively.