Music is taught throughout the school.
All pupils in Years 7-9 follow a varied programme of study designed to increase musical knowledge and skill and encourage creativity via regular listening, performance and composition work. Class singing is a regular part of the music curriculum and we make excellent use of our advanced music technology resources from Year 7 onwards. Music has good option numbers at GCSE and A-level where pupils follow the Eduquas syllabus. Examination results for Music at The Queen’s School are excellent and pupils regularly go on to study music at universities and conservatoires. A number of girls have been successful in gaining choral scholarships at Oxford and Cambridge for degrees in a wide range of disciplines.
The aims of the department are:
- To promote an appreciation and enjoyment of music in pupils of a wide range of musical abilities
- To develop sensitivity towards music through personal experience by the exercise of imagination and acquisition of skills and knowledge
- To provide intellectual and aesthetic stimulation
- To provide an appropriate body of knowledge and understanding and develop skills as a basis for further study or leisure or both
We believe that all pupils should have the opportunity to make music, whether in a choir or an instrumental ensemble, and offer a variety of these in the extended curriculum. Our current extracurricular music provision includes the following: Junior Choir, Senior Choir and Chamber Choir, Junior and Senior Orchestras, a Senior Jazz Band and a number of chamber ensembles including Clarinet Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, String Ensemble, and Double Reed Ensemble. We also run a popular and successful Composition Club where pupils are encouraged to develop their creative skills and independent learning. Last year we worked closely with the drama department to put on a fantastic musical production of "High School Musical".
Instrumental, vocal and music theory lessons are taught by a well-qualified and experienced visiting team of 13 peripatetic music staff and the school hosts Associated Board music examinations each term. Every girl in Year 7 participates in our instrumental taster scheme, which will give her the opportunity to learn the basics of three instruments - one per term. Each year we have a Queen's School Festival of Music where girls from beginner to advanced levels can perform to each other and receive feedback from a team of experienced adjudicators.
Read an interview with our Head of Music Mrs Healey here
Below is a montage of our annual Cabaret night containing music, drama, laughter and dance performed by girls from Year 7 upwards. We endeavour to allow all pupils who wish to perform the opportunity to do so.