Ofsted Quote: from 2003
Superb musical skills and artistry, exemplary lesson planning and a tireless intellectual determination to exploit the learning possibilities in every interaction, create for pupils a fine learning opportunity.’
We aim to provide a challenging and enriching music curriculum for all pupils, regardless of their previous musical experience or ability. Pupils will study music through an integrated programme of performing, composing, and listening & understanding.
At Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9), these disciplines are covered in carefully designed modules lasting half a term each and are studied through the medium of instruments and music computer technology (iMac computers with Cubase and Sibelieus music software). The modules are aimed to develop instrumental and vocal skills, theoretical awareness and compositional ability, as well as an understanding of a variety of musical styles from various periods and traditions.
GCSE (Years 10 & 11) and A-Level (Years 12 & 13) cohorts follow their respective Edexcel Music Course and Public Examination, which adhere to the same three disciplines of performing, composing, and listening & understanding. Examination results are usually excellent, mostly A*, A, and B at GCSE; and A and B at A-Level. Since 2009, we achieved 100% A*-B in final A-Level and GCSE course grades.
Many of our pupils take instrumental lessons or study singing through Redbridge Music School or by private visiting teachers. Visiting peripatetic teachers teach a range of different ability pupils during school hours in the following instruments: piano; guitar (classical and electric); strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass); wind (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone); brass (trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba); drums/percussion; voice; and sitar.
The Music Department has a very active extra-curricular life with various ensembles, clubs, and ad-hoc groups rehearsing regularly in preparation for our 4 main school concerts and various other performance opportunities in London and abroad, the latter including recent concert tours to Belgium and Germany.
These Ensembles and Clubs include: