Music

Music is a central part of the curriculum at St Edward’s.

We aim to stimulate pupil curiosity, confidence, interest and enjoyment in all aspects of Music. The Music Department has well-equipped classrooms, practice rooms and a Performance Hall.

Music is part of the curriculum for Years 7 to 9. We put a strong emphasis on composition, with pupils working in small groups as well as in whole class lessons. Music is a GCSE option in Years 10 and 11 (where we follow the Cambridge IGCSE course) and an A Level option in the Sixth Form.

The IGCSE is a very exciting music course; it is a very prestigious and well respected qualification, but also wide-ranging, stimulating and fun. Practical skills are developed through the performing and composing papers. Fluent music reading skills and a good theoretical knowledge are required for the listening paper, in particular for the study of the set works. The course is an excellent preparation for A Level, but will also suit committed musicians who do not envisage studying music beyond Year 11.

The A Level course is very demanding, requiring the development of research, analytical, aural and compositional skills as well as compiling and delivering a short recital. Students completing this course have often gone on to one of the music conservatoires or to university to continue their music studies.