Music makes a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Key Stage 3 students have a weekly music lesson of 60 minutes. They follow an exciting curriculum that allow students to develop performing, composing and listening skills, whilst exploring musical culture and meaning.
OCR Music GCSE
Music is a popular option for GCSE. The course allows students to develop technique, creativity and understanding of music through assignments in a series of areas of studies including:
- The concerto through time
- Rhythms of the world
- Conventions of popular music
- Film and game music
Students enjoy the practical nature of this GCSE subject. The weighting for the assessment of the course is as follows
30% Performance (1 solo performance and 1 ensemble performance)
30% Composition (2 compositions)
40% Listening exam (1 exam)
The GCSE course provides a suitable foundation for further study such as A Level Music/Music Technology as well as being a practical subject enjoyed by most students.
The extra-curricular programme is popular and well attended by the students.
Each year the dynamic Arts Faculty work together towards extra-curricular projects including musical productions and Summer Arts Festivals. We are currently rehearsing with students and staff on a very exciting production of Grease (School’s Edition), which will be performed in the summer term. Other recent and very successful musical productions have included Les Misérables-School’s Edition, Little Shop of Horrors, A Christmas Carol, Little Big Band, The Wiz and Bugsy Malone. Over 100 students are involved in the productions each year including cast, orchestra and the backstage team. We are also very lucky to have a professional team that provide sound and lighting and a team of very talented design and technology and Art teachers that design and build the set for each of the events.
The Summer Arts Festival is always very popular and encourages students of all ages and abilities to perform and exhibit their work in an informal atmosphere. Previous years have celebrated music performed by string ensembles, stage bands, samba bands, pop choirs, small ensembles, solo performances and much more. During lock down, students and teachers performed at our very first virtual Arts Festival.
Other extra-curricular opportunities have included working with the RPO and Evelyn Glennie on composition projects and performing at the Cambridge Corn Exchange, performances at the Cambridge Christmas light switch-on, singing to residents in local residential homes, attending King’s College Carol Service and trips to the West End.
The music department has a strong and very talented team of instrumental teachers that visit the school on a weekly basis providing lessons for students wishing to study the Piano, Guitar, Percussion, Strings, Woodwind, Brass and Voice.