‘Energy, enthusiasm and a willingness to explore new musical ideas and styles’ is what we aim to achieve from all pupils learning in the Music department. We aim to do this through practical music making that students will enjoy, and by improving the skills and independence of each student as a musician. As well as the focus on practical music, we also value listening and appraising skills and, through a topic based approach,integrate the core skills of performance, composition and listening.
The Music department also provides opportunities for students to explore Music Technology. We have a music suite with 15 computers connected to music keyboards via midi. All computers have the Sibelius music software programme.
Instrumental/Vocal Tuition – The school offers instrumental tuition primarily through Berkshire Maestros. This covers a wide range of instruments such as violin, guitar, drums, woodwind and brass. Singing lessons are also available, both in the classical style and in a contemporary style.
Extra-curricular – We offer a wide range of different extra-curricular activities at different times, including Chamber Orchestra, Productions, Recorder Club, Junior Choir, Music Tech Club, Composition Club, Guitar Club and Chamber Choir. Please see the published timetable for details of which clubs are currently running as the schedule varies each term. Students from these clubs, as well as students from class lessons, are invited to perform in the school’s termly concerts.
Extra Curricular Music Timetable for the Autumn term