In Key Stage three all boys receive two lessons of Music per fortnight.3 4 Literacy in music and a sound working knowledge of music theory are paramount: Grade 1 theory is interwoven with the National Curriculum materials and taught, in essence, for free to all boys in Years 7 and 8.

Topics in Year 7 include: rhythm and elements of music; Grade 1 theory; keyboard skills; African drumming; studying chords and composition.3 4 Year 8 focus on the following: ring tone jingles and rhythmic values; 12-Bar Blues and jazz harmony; ground bass; samba.3 4 Year 9 study looks forward to introducing all boys to the Edexcel GCSE syllabus, with a view to encouraging all to opt for this subject, having been thoroughly versed in performance and music literacy throughout Key Stage 3.3 4 Pupils write and perform their own pop’ song, compose and produce the soundtrack for an advertisement using Cubase, and study a Club Dance ‘set work’ from the Edexcel specification.

Key Stages 4 and 5 are based on the study of the Edexcel specifications. All extra-curricular activities compliment, and help to further equip pupils to be successful in their further musical studies, s well s affording an opportunity to fulfil the examination requirements for performing as coursework.