If you are committed to a career in the music industry, studying with us is a great place to start. Whether your goal is to be a performer, songwriter, recording engineer or music business professional, you will develop industry-relevant skills within a challenging, well-supported and creative vocational environment. We offer a varied and rounded musical education to stretch and challenge you as a musician, and provide you with the range of skills you need to succeed in the industry.
The BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Music Practice, equivalent to GCSE 9-4, allows you to develop your musical skills and knowledge in many areas including music theory, practical work, MIDI sequencing and listening skills. There are regular performance opportunities and students are provided with an understanding of the music industry and the range of careers available to them in the future, whilst being surrounded by like-minded musicians.
How Do I Apply
For Key Stage 4, you will be a confident performer on at least one instrument or voice. To apply for entry into Year 10, please answer the following questions in section 7 of the application form:
List your practical strengths (instruments and/or voice) in order of ability and give a clear indication of which ONE you will audition with.
Describe your musical experience and/or training to date.
What do you think the most important qualities are to succeed as a professional musician? Give reasons to support your answers.
Tell us about a composer or songwriter that you admire and why, using musical vocabulary as appropriate.
The Music Department benefits from outstanding facilities including a digital recording studio, Apple Mac MIDI suites and professionally equipped rehearsal rooms. Every year, students get the opportunity to perform in the school's 300 seat public performance venue, The Obie Theatre, as well as at a range of external venues. Our close relationship with The British Record Industry Trust and the support of the school's Governors results in music students being invited to perform at a range of prestigious events and venues each year. Recent examples include The BBC Radio Theatre, The Roundhouse and The National Portrait Gallery.
What Qualities Do I Need?
It is vital that students are already actively involved in musical activities both in and out of school. We are looking for open-minded, reliable team players who are focused and motivated. Being organised, responsible and able to meet deadlines is very important to us. You must also have an interest in the study of music as a wider subject (not just performance) and have the initiative to create musical opportunities for yourself and your peers.