The Music Department consists of one full-time teacher, one part-time teacher and a team of ten peripatetic teachers. In addition, many other staff members are involved in extracurricular music as performers and/or ensemble directors. All students study Music from Years 7 to 9 and they have the option of continuing at GCSE and A level.
Years 7 to 9 students follow the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3. Lessons are varied and theory is taught through practical performance and composition projects. We cover music from all periods in history, Baroque right through to modern day pop; genres are equally diverse including Western Classical Tradition (symphonies, waltzes, Programme Music, Minimalism), World Music (Indian, African, Irish Folk, Samba) and Popular Music (Blues, Pop, Music Theatre, Film). All students are taught to read music and creativity is encouraged through group work as well as individual tasks. GCSE and A level students follow the AQA specifications. We are proud of our standards; 100% A*-C at GCSE and 100% A-B at AS and A2 Level.
To ensure that each student is fully supported in their time at QEGS we offer lunchtime help sessions for all students, specifically those wanting to record performances or receive help with compositions. Students are encouraged to use the practice rooms at lunchtimes and after school for their own practice and rehearsals. We also have a Sixth Form Music Committee on hand to support where needed.
Students in years 7 to 9 who have additional music experiences are challenged at their own level. Students learn more complex chord progressions and melody writing techniques, for example, exploring areas of Music beyond the National Curriculum.
Older students are given the opportunity to take up leadership roles in our ensembles and choirs including running rehearsals, leading sectionals and conducting.
All students are encouraged to make full use of our resources and facilities.
The Music Department offers a wide range of extracurricular activities to suit all abilities, interests and styles. We have four choirs (mixed, girls’, male voices, chamber), a wind band, orchestra and jazz band. In addition, we have many smaller ensembles such as a brass band, Blues band, string ensemble, flute choir, clarinet choir and ukulele band. Our annual concert programme is well supported and includes an annual carol concert, spring concert, jazz evening, piano recital and singing recital. Bi-annually we work collaboratively with the Drama Department on a musical production. Recent performances have included Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver and Honk.
Not to stop there, we support county events and regularly participate in activities outside of school. Our most recent performances have been at the Lincolnshire Schools’ Prom (Embassy Theatre, Skegness), Music for Youth Regional Festival and National Cycling Championships Samba Festival (Cadwell Park). Many students are also in the local music centre and county level bands and orchestras. We are a partner school with the Lincolnshire Music Service.
We pride ourselves in our provision of music and a high percentage of QEGS students attend one or more activities. We believe that music should be accessible to all; we are an inclusive department and if we don’t offer something of interest to someone then we endeavour to do so.