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At King's College

Many pupils play or sing in the many music and choral ensembles, and reach very high standards in their performances.

ISI Inspection Report 2018
 

Why Study Music?

Musical life at King's is great fun and an important part of every day for many pupils. There are opportunities for everyone to get involved in the many varied musical activities, to whatever level they want. Importantly, King's musicians love performing and have a broad experience of every musical style; they may not like it all, but they appreciate how it's put together and what impact music can have on us all.

 

What is Studied?

Performing, composing and listening are the fundamental principles that underpin all music-making. Throughout a pupil's time at King's, the music department strives to bring out the best of all these elements.

All Third Form pupils study music and they develop these skills through working in a variety of styles, from classical symphonies and African drumming to the latest chart sounds.

Pupils can use musical software in the new Mac suite to enhance their understanding, and there are regular opportunities to perform, from the informal setting of the classroom to larger school concerts.

The department is supported by a number of part-time music teachers, many of whom are musicians, coming from a wide musical background, from opera to rock and classical to West End musicals.

Something for Everyone

Whichever route our musical pupils follow, they will have experienced a vast range of different styles of music, and may even have developed a particular love of some sort of it. They will know something about all sorts of music and have performed in those styles as well, but most importantly they will go on to value their music in later life. There really is something musical for everyone and many try everything!

It is very pleasing to see the increasing numbers of pupils who take music at GCSE level. The exciting musical opportunities revealed in the Third Form are realised with even more use of computers to enable pupils to experiment with composition in any style they choose, with a limitless palette of sounds. They can use the recording studio to realise their work by playing live with friends, and perform to each other to discover the fun and thrill of live performance.

Mr T Brimelow

MA The Open University and BMus (Hons) The University of Edinburgh
Director of Music

Mrs K Paul

MMus, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, ALCM, LTCL
Head of Academic Music
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