In Years 7-9 girls follow a syllabus based on the National Curriculum which has been devised to cater for a wide range of musical ability within individual classes. Furthermore, it is designed to give all girls an appreciation and understanding of music. This includes class singing and other practical work, in particular the development of keyboard skills. An awareness of different musical styles and listening skills are developed through the study both of well-known works and music from different cultures. Composing, either through improvising pieces or writing them down, is also an essential part of the curriculum.
Music is a popular option at GCSE and the school follows the Edexcel specification. All GCSE students have to perform on a regular basis - the normal standard is about Grade 5 on the chosen instrument by the end of the course, although many girls have achieved higher grades. Each student also produces a composition portfolio consisting of two contrasted pieces and has a listening exam at the end of the course based on specified Areas of Study.
AS and A2 Music is also well established, following the OCR Specification. There is a strong record of girls continuing their musical studies either at Music College or university on leaving school.
You can learn more about Musical productions, choirs, orchestras, ensembles and instrument lessons here.