Everyone loves music, and it’s all around us! It helps us display our personal and communal identity and lets us express the best of times and some of the most challenging. It holds the secrets of the past, and reflections of cultural and historical development. Such richness offers a variety of ways to engage with a constantly changing world.
At Cobham Hall we offer both inclusion for all and opportunities for individual excellence and believe in the power of music. So whether it is singing on tour, playing the harp, or practising for entry to conservatoire; we’ve got your ‘Bach’.
Years 7, 8 and 9
Students focus on practical participation, exploration and appreciation of music, and developing their confidence. Students improve their knowledge of the elements of music and gain a deeper understanding of the concepts of music through analysis, listening, research, performing and composing a wide variety of music. Students are exposed to everything from Elvis to Pachelbel’s Canon. Focus is on practical musicianship and developing vocal performance ability to enable all students access to the GCSE music curriculum.
Years 10 and 11: GCSE
Music GCSE includes analysis of eight set works from different musical periods and cultures including musicals, film music, classical hits, pop and world music. Use and understanding of the musical elements, historical contexts and musical vocabulary are developed through analysis, composing and performing. It is recommended students hold a minimum of ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) Grade 3 or equivalent in order to fully access the Music GCSE curriculum.
Years 12 and 13: A Level Music
This qualification supports students in forming personal and meaningful relationships with music through the development of musical knowledge, understanding and skills, including performing, composing and appraising.
Students are encouraged to engage critically and creatively with a wide range of music and musical contexts, develop an understanding of the place of music in different cultures and contexts, and reflect on how music is used in the expression of personal and collective identities.