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Sixth Form (Ages 16-18)


Music is a discipline, and a mistress of order and good manners, she makes the people milder and gentler, more moral and more reasonable.

Martin Luther, German Priest, Theologian, Author and Hymnwriter

Small classes mean that students are able to explore their individual tastes alongside the syllabus and teachers really get to know them on a musical level.

Tom Brimelow. Director of Music

What Will I Study?

The three disciplines studied at A-level are performance, composition and appraising. These provide an all-round musical education that appeals to all types of musicians. The set pieces for study give a breadth of musical understanding and open up new genres and ideas.

All pupils have the chance to join a variety of ensembles and there are many performing opportunities from the larger scale orchestral and choral works to more intimate chamber music and solo performances. There are also opportunities to try new musical skills. Conducting and arranging are popular, and some pupils discover a new talent for a different instrument.


Music at King's

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

Students 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.

Those who choose to go on to study music after Sixth Form have the option to specialise as a performer or study a more academic music course. The skills required and developed as a musician are highly sought after by most employers. Many music graduates go on to have successful careers both in and out of the music world, finding that the self-discipline, confidence and analytical skills developed through musical study stand them in good stead for the future. 

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.

Tom Brimelow

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

Karen Paul

BA (Hons), MMus - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, ALCM, LTCL
Head of Academic Music
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