The Music Department is a lively and buoyant part of the school and with over 40 performing opportunities every year, a very busy one.
All pupils are actively encouraged during their time at school to enjoy the riches that music has to offer. This starts in the curriculum lessons, where topics range from music from the medieval ages to hip hop and rap. The course is largely practical and includes plenty of opportunities for working in the fantastic Music iMac Suite. Class sets of Djembe Drums and Ukuleles are regularly used.
A large proportion of pupils receive instrumental and vocal lessons taught by a highly qualified, energetic and enthusiastic team of visiting teachers each week. Lessons take place during the school day. Tuition is available in Strings, Brass, Wind, Percussion, Vocals, Guitar, Piano. Supervised practice sessions are available for both boarders and day pupils most evenings of the week in the music department.
The school hosts termly music examinations for the ABRSM, Trinity, Trinity Rock & Pop & the Royal Guitar Registry. Enthusing and inspiring our pupils through music, multiple performances range from regular Lunchtime Soloist Concerts and Evening Recitals to our flagship event: Cabaret.
In collaboration with the Drama Department, pupils are exposed to the full spectacle of the stage experience with professional costumes, lighting, sound and a pro-band. Taking place in a local theatre, recent shows include Grease and Phantom of the Opera.
The music department enjoys visits each year from military bands and is taking its own Concert Orchestra on a European Tour in October 2017.
Music lies at the heart of the school with an incredibly busy and lively programme available every day of the week. The Thomas Arnold Hall, complete with state of the art lighting and sound, is utilised as a Concert Hall for a wide range of concerts both professional and pupil-led. Trips, practical music making and composing skills lie at the centre of learning. Both performance spaces boast Yamaha Grand Pianos and the schools’ newest addition is a Harpsichord.
The music department is currently undergoing a programme of improvements. This will include updated music technology facilities.
The KS3 curriculum has been written with an emphasis on practical work. Topics include 12 Bar Blues, Musicals, Reggae where the emphasis is on learning through performing. Class sets of ukuleles, keyboards and guitars facilitate a lively curriculum. Regular trips consolidate learning, for example an orchestra trip to see the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and a trip to see ‘Wicked’ the musical by the GCSE Musicians. There is special provision to extend the skills and learning of the most able musicians.
We currently offer Edexcel GCSE Music and AQA AS/A2 level. Edexcel Music Technology AS/A2 has been offered since September 2016.
These take place before school, at lunchtime, during the ‘Green Zone’ or after school
- Concert Band: A lively ensemble of wind, brass and percussion
- Jazz Band: A small ensemble who enjoy Performing at school black tie events amongst many others
- String Ensemble: Play an exciting mix of classical and more modern hits
- String Quartet: Quintessentially English, they enjoy accompanying formal lunches and dinners
- Warminster Singers: Our Staff and pupil Choir, Year 9 upwards.
- Junior Singers: Our year 7 & 8 choir
- Ukulele Orchestra: Huge fun for beginners and more experienced players: the Headmaster is a member!
- Rock Band: Headbanging and feedback abound. Practise space available for any burgeoning bands.
- Drumming Groups: Seniors are the ‘Slapsticks’ and the new Junior group is very popular playing anything from chairs and tables to military marching drums.
- Concert Orchestra: Our String Ensemble and Concert Band combined