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. The music department aims to provide a platform for all those students who want to share their musical talents and cultural heritage. We are committed to nurturing a lifelong interest and love for music making by providing a comprehensive curriculum and a wide and varied enrichment programme.
The department is staffed by the Head of Music, a full time music teacher and eleven visiting instrumental and vocal teachers. The Music department is well resourced and contains:
- Purpose built auditorium (270 seats)
- 5 practice rooms
- Music technology suite
- Class rehearsal room
- Instrumental hire scheme (available for hire are string instruments, wind, brass and percussion). Free of charge and subject to availability
- Sound-proof drum studio
- Multi-track recording studio
- A selection of amps and microphones
- A dedicated music section in the main College library which contains a comprehensive collection of scores, e-resources and books.
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. They create a portfolio to keep a record of their creative journey. 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. Students can choose from a number of units for which they have to present evidence, based on actual real-life scenarios. This allows them to demonstrate their independent learning skills and knowledge by managing their own progress, with the support of the teacher. Assessment is by assignment and external assessment. Results are graded as Pass/Merit/Distinction, which are equivalent to A*/C at GCSE level. At sixth form (16+), students have the opportunity to study for an Extended Project Qualification. The project can be performance/composition/artefact based, or focus on research and investigation of a particular topic; thus providing students with the opportunity to explore something that really interests them. It is worth half a GCE (AS Level) and amounts to extra UCAS points. Its content focuses on developing independent learning skills that are highly valued by universities and employers.
You can download the BTEC L2 “Music first award” student course guide here.
You can download the EPQ student course guide here.
For information about private instrumental music lessons see the Music Enrichment page.