Classroom Music is taught throughout Years 7 and 8, involving a broad mixture of listening, playing and composing in a diverse range of musical styles. The emphasis is on undertaking practical tasks as a means of learning theory, to make the course as lively and engaging as possible. We hope that students will develop a love and understanding of the subject that will continue throughout their lives.
From Year 9, students opt to study Music, where it is a popular option. The Year 9 course covers a wide range of musical styles from World Music to Minimalist Music. Year 9 students regularly use Music Technology (Logic and Sibelius) and carry out composition tasks related to the areas of music studied as a means of putting the theory learned into practice and gaining valuable composing experience for the GCSE course.
There is a good take-up of the subject at GCSE. The EDUQAS GC course is designed to allow the study of Music through a mix of performing, composing, listening and understanding in a wide variety of styles with plenty of opportunities for the use of music technology.
At A Level we offer courses for both Music (EDUQAS) and Music Technology (EDEXCEL), and Music is also available at IB Level (at both Standard Level and Higher Level). Students at this level are encouraged to develop their own areas of musical interest to the highest degree, whether as performers, composers or as potential academic musicians.
The use of Music Technology is embedded across the entire work up to and including A Level. The department has two IT suites and a recording studio.
Our excellent results prove the quality of the teaching and learning, as does the steady flow of our musicians who go on to read Music or Music Technology at university, some going on to higher degrees or diplomas and a life in the musical profession. Worthians have won Choral, Organ and Instrumental awards at Christ Church, Hertford, Keble and Magdalen colleges (Oxford), Clare, King's and Christ's colleges (Cambridge), Edinburgh and Nottingham universities, and at both Trinity and University College Dublin. Former students have also gained places at the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall and Trinity College of Music in London.