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Pupils’ achievements in drama, art, music and national competitions are excellent.

ISI 2013

Music

The Edexcel A’ Level music course gives a natural progression from GCSE with the same areas covered but with greater depth, as well as the addition of unseen analysis and technical studies.

It is possible to take this A’ Level without taking GCSE music but such a candidate must be able to demonstrate that they have a high level of performance skills as well as a good theoretical knowledge.

For performance, students are able to show a wider range of skills and repertoire in a short recital than they were at GCSE.

Composition comes in two parts: A free composition to be completed as piece of controlled coursework which can be undertakes at any point during the two year course. A compositional techniques task to a brief set by the exam board, this is set in the second year of the course and has to be completed within a time-frame as controlled coursework.

The third unit of the exam is given over to a listening paper that focuses on the set works as well as unfamiliar works that have musical links to the works studied as part of the course.

Candidates are supported outside of the classroom through extra Aural and Theory classes which run on a weekly basis. The College also host visit by ABRSM each Summer term so that our candidates are examined in familiar surroundings and that they accompanied by the Directors of music with whom they will have already undertaken much performance work.

There is an excellent whole school choir that sings at all major school events, concerts, and church services throughout the school year. The school orchestra, like the choir, provides music at school events and concerts. Both the choir and the orchestra receive invitations to support large-scale events in and around Plymouth. 

In addition to these groups, the school has various small ensembles that are run by the visiting specialist instrumental teachers. The school has a thriving house drama and music competition that attracts whole school support. As well as the formal/organized music making, there are innumerable student-led bands that help to ensure that the music department is a vibrant environment. 

Tuition is provided on all orchestral instruments, including percussion. Voice, piano, organ and all types of guitar lessons are also available. Speech and drama lessons (LAMDA) are offered as group or individual lessons.

There are annual music, drama, and performing arts scholarships and instrumental exhibitions. Those wishing to apply for one of these awards should contact the Registrar who will arrange a pre-audition meeting with the Director of Music at the earliest possible opportunity.

Pupils’ achievements in drama, art, music and national competitions are excellent.

ISI 2013
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