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". This year we are working on the musical production of "Sister Act" for December 2018.
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.