Music is a high profile practical subject in the School. Over 250 pupils receive individual weekly instrumental tuition from a team of top professional musicians, and Music is taught throughout the School with options at GCSE and A level.
With regular performances at school and beyond, the Department has gained a local, national and international reputation for musical excellence. Recent venues for performances have included the Royal Albert Hall, Southwark Cathedral in London, Barcelona Cathedral, Chartres Cathedral and Euro Disney. The Chamber Choir is the elite group of singers in the school who have performed concerts at local venues, and who have toured Menorca and Gibraltar.
The Music Department consists of state of the art technology equipment, including 24 Apple Mac computers and a recording studio. There are regular opportunities to attend concerts, plays and operas outside the school, enabling pupils to widen their musical horizons. We are a non-elitist department, encouraging music making of any standard or genre as much as possible.
While studying GCSE Music you will learn how to improve your performing skills, and through your work in composing, you will gain an insight into how music is constructed from initial ideas through to the finished product. You will also learn how to analyse music in a variety of styles and discover the social and historical context in which music has been composed over the last 400 years.
Members of the GCSE Music course have opportunities to participate in musical events, both in and out of school. Each member of the GCSE Music course is expected to receive weekly instrumental lessons at Royal Russell and demonstrate good progress on their chosen instrument during the course.
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A level Music encourages pupils to draw on their experiences at GCSE and recognise the interdependence of musical skills, knowledge and understanding and the links between the activities of performing/realising, composing and appraising whilst providing creative and practical opportunities.
Music builds motivation, self-discipline, confidence, and self-esteem whilst developing problem-solving skills, thinking skills and the ability to work co-operatively. It is these transferrable skills that make music at any level such a recognised and valued qualification by employers and university admissions tutors.
Music combines well with many other A level subjects both Arts and Science based.
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For a distinctly different focus we also offer a Music Technology course. Please click here to find out more.
- Four outstanding choirs including Barbershop for boys’ voices
- Swing band, jazz band, orchestra and other small ensembles, who perform regularly in school and beyond
- Annual international tours including, most recently, Gibraltar, Norway, South West France, Costa Brava, Germany, Menorca and Paris
- Collaborations with the Drama Department for large scale musical productions
- Regular performances in Chapel and concerts, featuring the four combined choirs
- First class team of visiting professional musicians
- Over 200 successes per year in Associated Board Music Examinations
- An annual Royal Russell School Young Musician of the Year competition.