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The aim of the Academic Music Department is to broaden and deepen pupils’ understanding and appreciation of music at all levels, from pupils who do not consider themselves to be particularly musical right through to those who propose to pursue Music in further education and beyond. In recent years a substantial number of students have secured places at conservatoires, or have gone on to study Music or Music Technology at university.
The curriculum is structured around the three key skills of performing, composing and listening/appraising and their interrelationship. All Fourth Form (first year) pupils have one period of class music per week, in which they explore a number of different styles and genres, including jazz, orchestral repertoire, world music and film scores.
The GCSE course is similarly broad in scope: in addition to exploring music written in a wide range of styles and genres, pupils perform and compose music according to their own particular strengths and interests. For the composition pupils have the option of using the department’s extensive music technology facilities, while the performing element is prepared by the department’s impressive team of visiting music teachers.
The department offers both Music and Music Technology at AS/A2, the former being perhaps most appropriate to pupils whose interests lie with classical music and jazz; the latter for those who wish to develop studio production and creative technological skills.
Pupils’ work is enhanced and supported by the wide provision of extra-curricular music, ranging from choirs, orchestras and swing bands to music technology. In addition the department provides numerous opportunities to hear professional performances at the highest level both within Uppingham and beyond.
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