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To recognise and appreciate the richness and variety of music within other cultures.

We believe that creativity is a fundamental aspect of any education.

To develop the creative possibilities within each pupil we endeavour to provide a stimulating and exciting environment where students can develop their artistic and musical creativity, whether they are studying music for examination purposes or as an introduction to the subject. We strive for excellence and aim to expose students to as many musical styles as possible.

The Music department prides itself on making music meaningful, enjoyable and accessible to all students whilst promoting the confidence and desire in the students to produce work of quality. In order to achieve these objectives an understanding of the theoretical and analytical elements of music as well as the creative, taught through the mediums of both composition and performance, are essential. Practical demonstrations are central to the teaching ethos of the department, providing an effective means of introducing new skills and techniques whilst generating confidence in the students.

Music Team

Currently there are two full time music specialist teachers within the department:

  • Miss Fiona McMahon
  • Miss Adele Capaldi

Teaching staff within the department offer a wide range of specialist areas. These include performance, analysis, theory and composition, musical theatre and music history. Music is taught within an environment which encourages pupils to become resourceful in their approach to work, and to build on basic skills as they progress through the various units offered.

What can a student expect from the Faculty?

  • Qualified and enthusiastic teaching staff
  • Help, guidance and support
  • Quality notes and materials based on up to date examples
  • An interesting and relevant course for the future
  • Practical lessons and music-making every lesson

Extra-Curricular Clubs


  • To develop musicians
  • To provide an environment where pupils find the creative process enjoyable and rewarding.
  • To promote independent learning through individual practice.
  • To develop social skills through ensemble work
  • To develop a musical vocabulary.
  • To acquire a sense of aural awareness, developing critical listening skills.
  • To develop thinking skills and approaches to problem solving.
  • To ensure tolerance of others and respect for ideas and opinions.
  • To recognise and appreciate the richness and variety of music within other cultures.
  • To develop the capacity for creative thought and action.
  • To develop practical, intellectual and technical skills.
  • Learn how to value and judge constructively their own work and the work of others.
  • To develop the potential for further study.

Key Stage 3 - Overview

Creativity cannot be passive. Pupils must be active. They must engage.

At Key Stage 3, music offers students the opportunity to work with their voices and a variety of instruments and software, aiming to develop musical knowledge, skills and understanding alongside a grounding in music theory. Students will work independently, in small groups and as a whole class to create music in a variety of styles, beginning to explore the areas of study required for GCSE. Working in a format in keeping with the GCSE course also gives students a clear idea of whether they want to choose music as one of their options.

Students have the opportunity to benefit from our visiting peripatetic music teachers who deliver vocal tuition and a wide variety of popular and orchestral instrumental lessons.

Key Stage 4 - Overview

Year 10 and 11 students follow a music curriculum of performing, composing and appraising. They are encouraged to form ensembles, as a requirement of the GCSE course is to submit at least one group performance. They will work on the professional notation software package, Sibelius, to develop their writing and creativity skills, applying their knowledge from the theoretical learning on the course. In preparation for the written exam, students will study a wide range of musical styles, periods, and contexts in order to broaden their knowledge of the vast musical world. They will learn about the theoretical building blocks and elements of music, including compositional devices which they will use in their own musical compositions.

Students are encouraged to take lessons from our visiting peripatetic music teachers who deliver vocal tuition and a wide variety of popular and orchestral instrumental lessons.


Miss A Capaldi