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 eight practice rooms, one of which is a large ensemble room, an ICT room equipped with specialist software and a recording studio. We have a Kawai grand piano and a range of orchestral instruments including double bass and orchestral percussion which can be used in school.
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 orchestra, concert band, big band, chamber ensembles, rock bands, choir, barbershop group and chamber choir. We have a full programme of concerts each year, including a concert at the end of each term. 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 currently have a team of visiting music teachers who teach the following instruments: violin, viola, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet/ cornet, French horn, trombone, tuba, euphonium and other brass band instruments, guitar (acoustic and electric), bass guitar, drum kit, orchestra percussion, voice and piano. It may be possible to accommodate other instruments such as cello if there is sufficient demand.