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 Mrs M J Bagot - Head of Music
 Mrs R Bills
 Mrs L Stockdale


Extra-curricular music

We aim to provide a range of lunchtime activities which pupils are encouraged to take an active part in.

The current programme is:

Monday - Flute Choir & String Quartet
Tuesday -(Wind) Band
Wednesday - Year 7 Choir
Thursday - Senior Choir
Friday – Orchestra

Most of these groups performed at the Christmas Variety Evening (19 December). For the second year running, we were asked to sing at the "Light of Life" Hospice Carol Service in Penrith Methodist Church (1 December). We performed again at the joint schools Carol Festival (15/16 December), Greengarth Old People's Home, the Grandparents Christmas Party and the end of term Carol Service at St Andrews Church (20 December).

Some pupils represent the school at local, regional and national level in various orchestras.

Instrumental Tuition

We aim to encourage a wide variety of music-making opportunities and to develop the musical potential of each pupil by making music an enjoyable and rewarding experience inside and outside the classroom.


Years 7 – 9

All pupils study music for three years in their tutor groups. During this time they perform, compose and listen to a wide variety of music. For example, in recent lessons pupils:

  • Have been combining rhythms with station names in a project called Underground Music.
  • Have been learning about Baroque music, playing Pachelbel's Canon and Bach's Toccata.
  • Have been studying Rock'n Roll, playing Rock around the Clock and composing their own Rock'n Roll pieces.

Much use is made in class of the keyboards and pupils are also encouraged to bring their own instruments to school.


GCSE Music

Why study Music?

Students considering opting for GCSE music should: enjoy making music inside and outside school; be able to sing or play an instrument; and be interested in learning about all kinds of music.

Features of the course:

The four areas of study are:

1. Instrumental music 1700-1820: JS Bach: 3rd movement from Brandenburg concerto no. 5 in D; Beethoven: 1st movement of the Pathétique piano sonata

2. Vocal music: Purcell: Music for a While; Queen: Killer Queen

3. Music for stage and screen: music from Wicked: Defying Gravity; John Williams/Soundtrack to Star Wars Episode IV

4. Fusions: Afro Celt sound system: Release; Esperanza Spalding: Samba em Prelúdio


Music students enjoyed a tour to Paris in 2015 and performed in a variety of venues. This year another music tour has been organised; this time to Krakow, Poland.

GCSE students will have the opportunity to attend concerts and local music festivals as well as perform in school concerts and productions.

Composing competitions are numerous and students are encouraged to submit a composition of which they are particularly proud.

What opportunities for progression does it offer?

The course prepares students well for A-Level study and beyond.

Key information:

Topics for Study:

Instrumental music 1700-1820; vocal music; music for stage and screen; and fusions

Assessment summary

Performing: non-examined assessment (30%)

Composing: non-examined assessment (30%)

Appraising: written examination 1 hour 45 minutes (40%)

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A-Level Music

Why study Music?

The GCE course is excellent preparation for higher education courses in music, but is equally valuable for non-specialists as a second or third area of study. The A-Level qualification can lead to a wide range of careers in performance, composition, primary and secondary teaching, music therapy, publishing, promotion and marketing, journalism and many other areas.

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

You must have a good understanding of the content of the GCSE music course and demonstrate a practical ability in a musical instrument or voice. You must be able to read music and have an interest in a wide range of music.

Features of the course:

Edexcel music is a stimulating and enriching course. As with GCSE, students will experience the three key areas of performance, composition and appraisal. 60% of the course is based on practical controlled assessment, much of which is internally marked; the remaining 40% is based on a written examination at the end of the course that focuses on a series of set works from a variety of musical styles, genres and cultures.

Throughout the course you will develop skills as a performer (leading to a recital) and composer (composing to a brief and technical studies). Listening skills are focused on through the study of familiar and unfamiliar music, and understanding how it works.

Key information:

Topics for Study:

Performing (30%)

Composing (30%)

Appraising (40%)

Assessment summary

A recital performance of one or more pieces to be recorded in school and externally marked. Can be a solo or ensemble performance or improvisation lasting a minimum of 8 minutes at Grade 6+ standard.

One composition of at least 4 minutes either free or following a brief.

One composition exploring compositional techniques and at least one minute long.

1 x 2 hour written examination based on set works.

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE Music or proof of practical expertise. Must be able to read music and perform to Grade 6 + at the end of the course.

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