Mr D Smyth BA (Hons.) MA - Head of Performing Arts
The Music department encourages all students to take an active role in music-making resulting in high standards of performance in both Music lessons and extra-curricular activities.
The department has a good selection of instruments including keyboards, electric pianos, electric and acoustic drum kits, guitars, ukuleles and world percussion. The department also makes use of laptops equipped with Sibelius, Cubase 6 and MuseScore software.
In addition to classroom teaching, the Music department has seven peripatetic teachers who cover a wide range of orchestral and popular music instruments. The department offers a range of musical activities and there is an extensive extra-curricular program led by students and staff. This includes the school orchestra, the school choir, the Music Collective and the World Drum club. These ensembles have performed at many internal and external events such as the Marlow Music Festival competition and in venues across Slough as part of the Slough Youth Orchestra. The department also collaborates with the Drama department to put on fully staged musicals which in recent years have included ‘Grease’ and ‘Oliver!’ Music students are involved in the orchestra and bands of these shows as well as being cast in main roles.
Students of all ages periodically take ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall or Rock School exams in all instruments and singing. Additionally, students may take theory exams. Performances take place during termly concerts, weekly assemblies and public events both inside and outside the school. Students are taken to concerts and gigs as well as taking part in master classes such as the Garsington Opera workshops so that they can benefit from the range of music in the area.