Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Plato
Our vision is that each student can develop and master the three pillars of musicianship.
- The ‘technical’ pillar. This is the development that is necessary for pupils to translate their intentions successfully into sound. This will involve instrumental playing, singing and music technology.
- The ‘constructive’ pillar. This refers to knowledge of how musical components come together both analytically and in the creative process.
- The ‘expressive’ pillar. This focuses on the more indefinable aspects of music: quality, meaning and creativity.
We also offer a large variety of high-quality enrichment opportunities including:
- Individual instrumental tuition on keyboards, woodwind, strings, vocals, guitar and percussion
- Woodwind, percussion, keyboard and vocal ensembles
- Projects with outside providers such as ArtsTrain and Bromley Youth Music Trust
Music surrounds us on an hour-by-hour basis, whether through active or passive listening. In demystifying the language of music, all our pupils will have all the tools necessary to broaden their sonic interests, deepen their tonal palette and bolster their understanding of music and its place in the world around them.
For those students that then develop an aptitude for music, the curriculum supports their preparation for further study at colleges and several of our students pursue music beyond GCSE study.
Curriculum plan - further details of the curriculum can be found in the curriculum plan below.
Textbooks and useful resources
- What to Listen for in Music – A. Copeland
- The Rest is Noise – A. Ross
- Musicophilia – O. Sacks
Key Stage 3
- Big Star Fallin ’Mama: Five Women in Black Music – H. Jones
- History of Music – S. Moore