Senior

Music

Music for everyone

‘Music for all’ is our mantra.

The Music School provides a friendly, enthusiastic and stimulating environment in which musical excellence is encouraged and celebrated. We help our students develop their musical potential and respond to a variety of musical challenges. Students are given the opportunity to perform individually and in ensembles – irrespective of age or musical ability.

Our new facilities that opened in September 2014 are fabulous and include 13 practice/teaching rooms. Often all rooms are in use, and the place literally ‘buzzes’ with musical activity, even as early as 8.10 in the morning! All our rooms are equipped with high quality upright pianos, mainly Yamaha or Kawai models. Our fully soundproofed percussion studio is a superb place for our rock bands to make music and for those interested in technology our Music Technology room is equipped with 23 iMacs with Garageband and the latest version of the music notation software Sibelius and also full sized Yamaha keyboards.

Why should I study Music?

  • Music helps us to express our deepest emotions and thoughts
  • Music encourages higher ordered thinking skills
  • Music helps us to understand our cultural heritage as well as other past and present cultures
  • Music fosters creativity and individuality
  • Music education fosters discipline and commitment

What will I learn?

You will learn how to improve your performing skills and through your work in composing you will gain an insight into how music is constructed from initial ideas through to the finished product. You will also learn how to analyse music in a variety of styles and discover the social and historical context in which music has been composed over the last 300 years or so.

How will I be assessed?

Performing

You will need to play one solo piece and one ensemble piece.

Composing

You will need to compose two pieces.

The listening and appraising component is assessed through a 105-minute written paper with questions on the 8 prescribed set works and unfamiliar music that will be related to the set works.

There are four Areas of Study with two works in each area:

Area of Study Set Works
Instrumental Music 1700–1820 J.S. Bach: 3rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D major L. van Beethoven: 1st Movement from Piano Sonata no. 8 in C minor ‘Pathétique’.
Vocal Music H. Purcell: Music for a While Queen: Killer Queen (from the album ‘Sheer Heart Attack’) Music for Stage and Screen S. Schwartz: Defying Gravity (from the album of the cast recording of Wicked) J. Williams: Main title/rebel blockade runner (from the soundtrack to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)
Fusions Afro Celt Sound System: Release (from the album ‘Volume 2: Release’) Esperanza Spalding: Samba Em Preludio (from the album ‘Esperanza’)