In Music and Music Technology we aim to nurture and inspire enquiring and creative minds. In the curriculum we teach how Music works, and from day one every student is treated as a musician regardless of their starting point. Our expectation is that everyone should be able to develop and feel challenged as a musician in every lesson. Music Technology is used as a tool to develop musicianship, not as an end in itself. Students study a range of repertoire during KS3 that enables them to encounter and explore music from a breadth of traditions and cultures.
We do not view classroom music lessons in isolation. Students are offered the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and engage with our co-curricular programme. Learning an instrument, playing and/or singing together beyond the classroom offers many benefits both in terms of developing as a musician but also supporting students to become part of our school community. Public performances allow parents and friends to see the difference that being part of the Music family makes to students in forming mature working relationships and lifelong friendships.
These experiences, combined with developing as musicologists, composers and performers, mean students become Music mentors, coaches, arrangers and rehearsal directors as they make their way through the school.