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The Music department at Kingswood School is a vibrant and dynamic place where everyone is able to express themselves creatively. We offer a diverse curriculum and ensemble programme which allows students to develop a love of Music and provides them with the skills they need to become individual performers and composers.

The Music curriculum offers a wide range of activities that enable all students to fully develop their musical potential and interests. Through Music, we believe that students will also develop wider life-skills, such as self-confidence, quick-thinking, good discipline, imagination, and the ability to manage fears and nerves.

The Music department is very well-resourced and is housed in an attractive, detached period building. We are fortunate to have an iMac suite with Garageband, Logic and Sibelius, and a bright and open classroom and recital space. The department also has a dedicated recording studio and control room, and multiple practice rooms, each equipped with an upright piano for lessons and private practice. Pupils can also make use of the dedicated instrument store room.

Kingswood’s co-curricular Music programme is also thriving and provides a natural extension of the academic life of the department. Regular ensembles include Westwood Voices & Orchestra, Senior Orchestra, Senior Choir, Chamber Choir, String Ensemble and Kingswood Jazz Orchestra. Each term plays host to numerous concert and events, in school and beyond, including our annual show as part of the Bath Festival.

Key Stage 3

Music is a compulsory subject in Years 7 and 8 and is part of the practical creative group of subjects for Year 9. During these years, the aim is to give our students musical experiences that will enable them to participate successfully when performing, composing, listening, and appraising. Pupils will also develop the necessary skills to use IT applications such as Garageband to help them compose.

GCSE

The EDUQAS course at GCSE level enables pupils to develop an understanding and appreciation of a wide range of genres of music, from the Western Classical Tradition to Pop Music, Film Music and beyond. The course provides the opportunity for students to extend their own interests and increase their ability to make judgements about musical quality. Students are assessed via a written exam, two performances and a composition portfolio.

A-Level

The EDUQAS A-Level course requires students to be able to play at least one instrument (including voice) to a high standard and have substantial theoretical knowledge. Students will develop their performance skills, compose their own music, study other composers' work and understand the fundamental aspects of Music. Students who study Music at A-Level also make a valuable contribution to the School's musical life through our ensemble programme.