There are four classes a week in music:
Performing: A weekly performance class where you will study the art of performance and get the opportunity to perform regularly. You will also get a free weekly ‘one to one’ lesson with our expert tutors on your main instrument – (N.B. the College does not supply instruments).
Composing: Using our suite of iMacs, you will have access to Sibelius 7 and Logic Studio 9 to help you build a portfolio of compositions. You will be set anything from small exercises to large-scale scores. You will be encouraged to develop your own individuality and will not be restricted to certain ‘traditional’ genres.
Listening Skills & Aural: You will work on the fundamentals of being a musician through singing, listening to music in a structured way, writing down melodies and listening to harmonies. These crucial skills will be essential for both your exams and if you choose to follow music after College.
Understanding how Music works: You will study famous pieces from the history of music (from Classical Music to Cuban Music, Rock to Baroque) through analysis of scores. You will learn how to recognise the traits and devices of many musical genres, developing your own musical knowledge at the same time.
Alongside A level classes, there are many enrichment ensembles you can perform in including;
Chamber Ensemble - an orchestra that sometimes divides into String & Wind Ensembles in order to explore different repoirtore.
Choral Society perform large works at least twice a year in venues such as Winchester Cathedral and St. Lawrence, Alton.
Big Band perform classic jazz from Frank Sinatra to Duke Ellington whilst the Jazz Orchestra concentrate on modern jazz composition.
Composers’ Ensemble allows music students the chance to have their music played by real musicians (not just on Sibelius!).