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The Department

The department provides an exciting and lively environment for all to learn and develop as musicians. A full and varied programme both in lessons and extra curricular activities aims to stimulate the students and challenge their ideas, knowledge and perceptions in all areas of music. The philosophy of the department is to develop social and confidence skills for life through music. Our extra curricular programme is extensive and currently includes:- brass ensemble, flute choir, string orchestra, string quartet, orchestra, junior band, swing band, wind band, rock bands, and choir. We also work together annually with the dance and drama departments to produce a whole school musical (Grease, Guys and Dolls and most recently Annie). We are very fortunate to have links with Emi Music Sound Foundation who provide sponsorship and links to the profession. There are many performance opportunities in school, the local community and nationally from coffee mornings, seasonal concerts, celebration events and competitions.



The Teaching

At Key Stage Three students experience music once a week for 1 hour. Work is practical and encourages students to develop their performing, composing and listening skills through the study of a range of topics from African singing, rhythm work and drumming , film and dance music, to programme music, musicals and cover songs all contributing to the huge cultural diversity of music around us in everyday life.

At Key Stage 4 students can opt to study Edexcel Btec Level 2 Music as part of the curriculum or Edexcel GCSE music as an extra 'twilight' subject. The Btec lessons are experienced as 1 core/ listening session and one practical session each week. Practical lessons are multi-staffed to enable students to choose appropriate pathways of study from performance, composition and studio sound engineering work. We are very proud of our success rate at Key Stage 4.

At Key stage 5 students can continue their musical education by studying on a number of different pathways including Edexcel A level music, Edexcel Btec Level 3 Music Technology, Performance, or Musical Theatre. We have a 100% pass rate at 6th form level and many students choose to join the school specifically for the opportunities in music at this level. Sixth form students have regular opportunities to perform and participate in workshops and concert visits. Many of our students successfully go on to study music at university or Music College.

A full range of instrumental music provision is also available from a team of visiting and in house teachers. Students can opt to learn any of the following:-

Violin, viola, cello, double bass, trumpet, trombone, french horn, euphonium, tuba, electric, bass and acoustic guitar, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, voice, percussion, drum kit, keyboard and piano. For those students wishing to extend their understanding Music theory classes are also available on a weekly basis.

Students can continue their study of an instrument from primary school and also have the opportunity to take up a new instrument from year 7 onwards. Many students choose to enter for Grade examinations and we have a very strong pass rate at all levels.

A level specification


GCSE specification


KS4 BTEC Music


KS5 BTEC Music


The Resources

The department is housed in the newest building in the school, developed in the first phase of our performing arts status. There are 3 main teaching rooms (two specialist ICT room with 17 PC's in each running industry standard Sibelius and Reason software) a recording studio using Protools and 5 practise rooms. Two classrooms also benefit from interactive whiteboard technology. Students rehearse and perform regularly in the Terry O' Toole Theatre and therefore have the additional benefits of professional lighting and sound as well as a dedicated technician to the department.


Music Tuition

North Kesteven School music tuition policy


Extra Curricular

Music EC

The Staff

Mr J Crouch
Ms K Jones
Mr J Smith (Head of Dept)
Mr J Ward