Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way we feel, think and act. Music forms part of our identity and positive interaction with music developing competence as a learner and increase one’s self-esteem. Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, music helps us understand ourselves and relate to others.

Through the study of music from diverse times and places, we aim to provide students of all musical abilities with the opportunity to develop their core musical skills of performing, composing and listening in an environment which is enjoyable and stimulating. Students are encouraged to nurture an understanding and respect for the way music works in all its various forms. They are required to work collaboratively as well as individually. They are challenged to rethink their perceptions and evaluate their preconceptions about music. They are taught to appraise their own work critically. It is our hope that the study of music will help the students to unlock hidden musical talents and gain a greater appreciation and lifelong love of the subject.


Course Progression

Extra-Curricular Music

The school offers a varied and high-quality program of extra-curricular activities. There are several large and small concerts each year for the many groups on offer as well as regular European tours. It is highly beneficial to be involved in active music-making and helps considerably with the course.

Extending your Music Technology Skills

In line with our Specialist School status, we offer wider opportunities for the development of Music Technology capability, in areas such as MIDI sequencing, recording and mixing and mastering. These aspects are incorporated within GCSE, preparing students well for the possibility of studying Music Technology at A Level.