The Music Department at Coombe Girls’ School is young, exciting and vibrant with the main aim to give every student the opportunity to flourish in their musical endeavours.
We offer a wide range of musical activities for every student which caters for all ability levels, musical background and interest. As well as classroom music there are numerous extra-curricular ensembles: year 7 wind band, federated orchestra, junior singers, string orchestra, main choir, ukulele band, KCW federation choir and the Coombe consort which all perform to a high standard throughout the academic year.
Students have numerous opportunities throughout the year to perform at school and to the local and wider community which include Carols by Candlelight, House Music Competition, Lower & Upper School concerts, Summer Concert and the annual music tour. In July 2017 42 students and 5 member of staff are going on tour to Lake Garda.
The Music Department also collaborate with the Drama Department and put on whole school musicals. Bugsy Malone was an outstanding success and took place in February 2017.
meet the department
what to expect in year 7
A firm understanding of the standard conventions of staff notation underpins all of the practical work undertaken.
Listen to the work Year 7 students have been composing
what to expect in year 8
Listen to the work Year 8 students have been composing
what to expect in year 9
Listen to the work Year 9 students have been composing
why choose music for GCSE?
What does studying MUSIC involve?
GCSE Music is a very varied and exiting option to take. There are a wide range of activities tied up with the subject, including performing, composing and learning about different styles of music, why they are distinctive and how they are ‘put together’.
60% of the overall qualification comes from coursework, and over the course of Year 10 and 11, Students are encouraged to explore music from many different times and places.
Music lessons at GCSE are very different from the lessons in Lower School. The groups are usually smaller than KS3 classes, and the learning environment is much more informal. Students learn a lot by studying the music of others (and their own work) and discussing it within the group. This enables them to see what can be effective in musical composition, and also, what doesn’t work. We endeavour to perform music regularly either as a group or as individuals.
How will I know if I will be good at it?
I can’t read music. Can I do GCSE?
Yes! You can access much of GCSE music even if you can’t read musical notation.
Do I have to be able to play an instrument?
If you don’t already play an instrument, we have teachers coming in to school who can teach you a variety of instruments, or voice.
Do I have to write long essays?
Not very often. The listening exam generally asks you for information in short answers or bullet points. There is one extended writing question, but this is quite straightforward as it always follows a similar pattern.
What skills will I develop?
The broad skills base acquired by musicians is also highly favoured by employers outside of specifically ‘musical’ disciplines.
Where could this subject lead?
Possible courses at university or
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what to expect in years 10 & 11