At Concord College music plays a central role in the creative life of the school and in the cultural and artistic development of all students. Because of the college’s international status there is a wealth of musical tradition from around the world. Our aim is to promote the enjoyment of many different musical and performing art forms and encourage all students, to discover their own means of self-expression through a wide variety of expressive art forms, music and dance. We believe that musical potential should be fulfilled according to individual ability and that a wide range of all-inclusive opportunities is made available, allowing individuals to flourish by following their own creative journey. Pupils’ work is enhanced and supported by a comprehensive music enrichment programme that includes a wide range of clubs and activities. In addition, numerous opportunities are provided throughout the year allowing students to take part in workshops and attend professional performances at the highest level both within Concord and beyond. The music department is housed in a purpose built building that features a 270 seat auditorium, a multi-track recording studio, music practice rooms, and a music technology suite running a range of the latest sequencing and notation software.
Lower School pupils in Form 3 follow the Arts Award qualification program. To achieve their Arts Award, pupils take on music challenges, participate in music activities, experience music events, get inspired by artists and share their music skills with others. The final qualification is awarded and validated by Trinity College London. In addition, all Form 3 pupils have the opportunity to benefit from our music enrichment programme by taking part in the SAMBA band, which forms part of their activities programme. At KS 4 (14+) pupils follow the BTEC Level 2 qualification. BTECs offer a practical, project based approach, as an alternative to the more traditional GCSEs. This allows them to demonstrate their independent learning skills and knowledge by managing their own progress, with the support of the teacher. At sixth form (16+), students have the opportunity to study for an Extended Project Qualification. Its content focuses on developing independent learning and research skills that are highly valued by universities and employers. Students can choose from four different pathways. These can be either performance/composition/artefact based, or focus on research and investigation of a particular topic. The project is worth half a GCE (AS Level).
The team of music teachers and visiting music staff works with the conviction that pupils see music as offering a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Our highest priority is to ensure that this happens in practice and that we continue to promote and nurture the enjoyment of music.