Music is the fabric of our society, and music can shape abilities and character.
Nearly everyone enjoys music, whether by listening to it, singing, or playing an instrument. But despite this almost universal interest, many schools are curtailing their music provision. We believe that this is a mistake, with students in those schools losing not only an enjoyable subject, but a subject that can enrich their lives and education.
Our music department has two large teaching rooms, both equipped with a set of keyboards as well as an array of classroom percussion. In addition to this we have a set of African drums and Samba instruments. The teaching rooms are complemented by six practice rooms, a large ensemble room and an ICT room equipped with specialist software. We have a Kawai Grand Piano and a range of orchestral instruments including Double Bass, Tuba, Euphonium, Trumpet, Trombone, and Violins that can be loaned to students.
Through timetabled lessons, we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum across all Key Stages. There is also a full programme of extra-curricular activities which includes Choir, Chamber Choir, Concert Band, Big Band, Junior Band, String Ensemble as well as other ensembles run by the students themselves. We have an annual Autumn Concert, an annual Carol Service, and a Spring Concert. In addition to this we take students out to perform in the wider community where possible and we regularly attend Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra concerts at the Lighthouse in Poole. Ensemble playing is an important part of learning most instruments, especially orchestral ones. All students are strongly encouraged to join in some of the school music groups when they reach the appropriate standard.
We have a team of visiting music teachers who teach the following instruments: cello, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet/ cornet, French horn, trombone, tuba/ Euphonium, piano, keyboard, percussion (both kit and orchestral), guitar (electric and acoustic) and voice for pupils who wish to continue or take up music lessons. If students would like to start other instruments, especially rarer ones such as bassoon and oboe we will try to facilitate this if possible.