Music is taught throughout the school.
We have good option numbers at A-level where pupils study performance, composition, listening and appraising. Examination results for Music at The Queen’s School are very high 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.
We study the Eduqas Music qualification which is split into 3 components as follow:
Students choose either Option A or Option B
Component 1: Performing
Option A: Total duration of performances: 10-12 minutes - 35% of qualification
Option B: Total duration of performances: 6-8 minutes 25% of qualification
Component 2: Composing
Option A: Total duration of compositions: 4-6 minutes - 25% of qualification
Option B: Total duration of compositions: 8-10 minutes - 35% of qualification
Component 3: Appraising
Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes
40% of qualification
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 for Sixth Form includes the following: Senior Choir and Chamber Choir, Senior Orchestra, Ukulele group and a number of chamber ensembles including Clarinet Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Brass Ensemble and String Ensemble. We work closely with the drama department and this year delivered a fantastic musical production of "Matilda" involving a cast of girls from Years 7-13.
Instrumental, vocal and music theory lessons are taught by a well-qualified and experienced visiting team of 10 peripatetic music staff and the school hosts Associated Board music examinations each 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.